Spectacular Queenstown starts my NZ tour
Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
57Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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The decent into Queenstown airport was spectacular, straight down the valley with amazing mountains rising up from my window seat. The airport was very close to the town and it wasn't long until I was settling into my accommodation at Hippo lodge, a friendly little place set in the hills with amazing views over the town and Lake Wakatipu.
Queenstown has an amazing setting right next to the lake with the soaring Remarkables mountains surrounding in the background, it bills itself as the adventure capital of New Zealand with so many things do here, bungy jumping however was not on my agenda, bit of a pussy in that regard
The town has a great selection of restaurants and pubs and I have found out the Kiwis are pretty good at brewing ales, a lot of the pubs have a complete selection of brews from either Mac’s or Speights so I think that’s one thing I wont have to worry about in finding a decent pint.
My first full day in town I decided to have a stroll around the compact town and explore the lake shore by the impressive park and then take the skyline Gondola up the mountains for amazing views.
My second day here I picked up my hire car from the airport, a battered old Nissan Sunny with 250,000 KM on the clock, now its been a long time since I’ve driven a car with a wood veneer steering wheel and a tape deck for entertainment but it was cheap at around £15 a day and as long as it was able to negotiate the many ups and downs the mountain roads were gonna throw at me for the next 13 days I would be happy.
I took off on the Glenorchy road out of Queenstown and was rewarded with one of the best scenic drive I think I have ever taken
The weather here has been amazing and also very weird, the temps get down to about minus 2 at night and then when you wake up you think it’s gonna be a crap day, cold and overcast and about 10 degrees and you have to wait until about 1pm for the sun to climb above the mountains to burn off all the morning mists and then the temps have climbed to nearly 30 degrees and very intense burning sun.
So Three very enjoyable days here to kick start my South Island tour, taking the road to Te Anau tomorrow which will be my base for my trip to the wonderful Fiordlands, Milford Sound and Lord of the Rings country.