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Queenstown is incredibly beautiful

I met Leigh at Christchurch Airport and we flew into Queenstown together. It was only a 1 hour flight and was over the most beautiful snow capped mountain scenery. As we started to descend it was absolutely breathtaking as we flew in so close to mountains either side and there were massive blue lakes and rolling brilliant green hills. Never flown in over such amazing scenery.

We caught the Connect a bus ( yellow bus) bus from the airport into town for $12. Our hostel - Nomads Hostel in Church St $36 a night was just a few blocks from the bus stop and right in the middle of the cute little town. It was only 10am and we couldn't get into our room yet so just stored our luggage.

When we were purchasing our tickets we discovered it was cheaper if we had day ticket for $33 and so they kindly deducted what we had already spent coming from the airport. We caught a bus out to Arrowtown a beautiful old gold mining town ( changed bus at Frankton). It was incredibly picturesque. Had lunch at Bonjour Café – salmon , asparagus and mashed potato for $19, one of the many restaurants in Ramshaw Lane by the riverI look through the row of 19th century miners cottages that the Chinese immigrants who moved out for gold mining had lived on the edge of town.I wandered along a trail by beautiful wildflowers by the shallow clear little river. I bought 2 cute little lambs for Eliana and Zahli for $18 each

Back in Queenstown I walked up the hill towards the gondola and paid $45 for the gondola ride end 2 rides on the luge. Enjoyed the luge and could have gone a few more times

The ride up there and scenery from the top of the lake was amazing. The town is small and compact on the shores of Lake Wakatipu

I then wandered around the laneways full of very cool restaurants and cafes and then to Queenstown Gardens at the end of the beach. The lakeshore walk and gardens walk past the giant sequoias was stunning

So many people - mostly in their 20's were sitting on the beach and park front by the lake watching the sun set. Lots of atmosphere and fun

Flying into Queenstown

Flying into Queenstown


Green Hills and Blue lakes

Green Hills and Blue lakes


The town beach on Lake Wakatipu

The town beach on Lake Wakatipu


Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu


Lake front & cable car hill

Lake front & cable car hill


Arrowtown

Arrowtown


Cottage shop where I bought the lambs

Cottage shop where I bought the lambs


Gardens by the shop

Gardens by the shop


Miners cottages

Miners cottages


Arrowtown

Arrowtown


Miners Cottage

Miners Cottage


Chinese cottages

Chinese cottages


Love these wildflowers

Love these wildflowers


Flowers

Flowers


Clear shallow streams

Clear shallow streams


So pretty

So pretty


Too pretty

Too pretty


Couldn't stop photographing these

Couldn't stop photographing these


Rushing streams & flowers

Rushing streams & flowers


Arrowtown river

Arrowtown river


Where I had lunch

Where I had lunch


Serene little park

Serene little park


Quaint historic street

Quaint historic street


The pharmacy

The pharmacy


Old phone box

Old phone box


Full of interesting shops

Full of interesting shops


Post office

Post office


Vine covered

Vine covered


Flowers everywhere

Flowers everywhere


Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu


Looking to Queenstown Gardens

Looking to Queenstown Gardens


Gondola ride

Gondola ride


Bungy jumping for the brave

Bungy jumping for the brave


Gondola

Gondola


Info re the height

Info re the height


Yep thats a view

Yep thats a view


Obligatory selfie

Obligatory selfie


Luge course

Luge course


Para Flying

Para Flying


Luge

Luge


Luge helmet on and ready to go

Luge helmet on and ready to go


Ride with a view

Ride with a view


Lake Wakatipu info

Lake Wakatipu info


Park and stream in town

Park and stream in town


Old church

Old church


So many people at the lake front

So many people at the lake front


Prettiness and willow trees

Prettiness and willow trees


Lake house cafe

Lake house cafe


Is even prettier in real life

Is even prettier in real life


Lakefront trail in the Queenstown Gardens

Lakefront trail in the Queenstown Gardens


Lakefront trail

Lakefront trail


Sunset beauty

Sunset beauty


So many people on the beach watching the sunset

So many people on the beach watching the sunset


Fireplace in the Hostel reception

Fireplace in the Hostel reception

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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