Our next leg of the adventure took us to Queenstown, I was a little skeptical about Queenstown as i thought it would be disappointing because it is hyped up so much. I’m please to say that it hasn’t disappointed, Chris joked that we would arrived to skydivers everywhere – and we did! Queenstown is such an amazing little place that is so energetic and fun to be in!
It was nice to arrive somewhere in the morning as the drive from Wanaka was only an hour. We arrived at our backpackers called the Flaming Kiwi, it was a really nice villa that had been converted into a backpackers right in the centre of Queenstown I would highly recommend. We set off for a wander around which took us to the main lake in Queenstown which is beautiful it is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and has a beach and gardens. Our first stop was the underwater observatory which was really cool as you were behind the glass underneath the lake! There were lots of exotic fish (Salmon, Eels and Trout) swimming around and also ducks diving down underneath the water. It doesn’t sound very exciting but it was really interesting and the strangest thing was seeing ducks from underneath the water.
After the aquarium we had a wander around Queenstown gardens and Chris stole a rope swing off some kids ‘showing them how it was done’ until he jolted his back and looked like a Grandad 🙂
The next place we went to I was really looking forward to it is the New Zealand Wine Experience (shocker once again). It is a big shop filled with all the NZ wines you could think of and you have your own card and you basically just go round trying which wines you want on the card and pay at the end. I think we tried 11 in the end and as you can see from the photo below I had some very in depth tasting notes.
After a little nap (I’m getting old now) we went out for the night, we ate out at a really nice restaurant on the terrace called Winnies. The food was amazing (I had ribs and Chris has Salmon). We then tried out a few bars around Queenstown and had a really good night out!
On the Thursday (7th) we went to the Shotover jet boat which I think was one of my favourite experiences of the whole holiday so far! The boats had so much power and could go up to 90kmph, they weighed 4 tonnes and only needed 10cm of water to operate. They were so fast and we were speeding through the canyons of the river doing 360s and jumping down rapids. The driver was brilliant he would get so close to the rocks at such a high speed and at times you thought you were going to hit them! Kate and William went on the jet a few years ago (so if its good enough for them I thought I would give it a try). I have uploaded a video of the jetboat to my Facebook page (and the howling dog I promised) so if you want to see more click here.
Queenstown is the home of the bungy and skydive its what everyone comes here to do! Apart from us we were happy with the aquarium and a boat ride.
Tonight we are off up the Gondola for a night view of Queenstown! Tomorrow it’s Milford Sound.