On to Queenstown for a few days
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
86Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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Next day we do a bit of a hike up the Queenstown Hill which must have worked off all our Christmas indulgences. One of the activities in Queenstown is to take the Gondola up the hill to look at the view. But our walk takes us to the top of the Queenstown Hill and we look down on the gondola and the surrounding area so it was a pretty rewarding walk despite being steep. We also get to see some local wildlife – mostly birds and a couple of deer that look like they may have descended from Americna Elk cross our path. There are so many walks you can do in this area that we could have quite happily filled a week with day walks.
For our final day in Queenstown we drive up to Glenorchy which is at the North end of the lake. We pass several areas that were film sets for Lord of the Rings but unfortunately don’t know the films well enough to pin point the areas. Plus we have discovered that although Lord of the Rings has a lot of amazing scenery shots in the films what seems to make them film sets comes down to two things – accessibility and ability to close off for filming and so a lot of scenery is far more stunning but not used in the films as it is too remote
In the evening we treat ourselves to a dinner from Fergburger which has come highly recommended and we’re keen to compare it to GBK in London. The restaurant is mental, with very few seats and a lot of queuing people but after about 30 minutes we escape outside with our massive burgers and chips to sit by the lake and have dinner. The burgers are pretty good but the chips let the meal down and so we think we’ll stay loyal to GBK and claim it is still the winner when it comes to burgers.