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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 30th 2013

I am on my fourth and final night in Queenstown and it is by far the busiest place I have been. Apparently this is the place to be on New Year's Eve. Even if that wasn't the case, I'm sure a lot of people would be here since the surroundings are beautiful. (I feel like I am getting repetitive about the scenery, but it's just all so nice. Be prepared to be overwhelmed with pictures in a week! ) The weather has continued to cooperate with me (despite a forecast of 3 days of rain, we had 2 and a half days of sun ) and I am staying at a very comfortable bed and breakfast with the most friendly, welcoming hosts. Queenstown is also known for its adventure sports. There are dozens of extreme activities ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 11th 2013

Ok so just a quick update whilst we have Wifi. We arrived in Queenstown last night, and went for a great meal at an Irish bar. Jan & Den were so surprised by the surprise visit from Carey who wasted no time in getting the beers in-cue hangovers this morning. We are currently up the mountain after a few races on the luge. The views are amazing and everyone is having a great time! We were all awake quite early this morning, and the sky had cleared to reveal the peaks of the mountains we couldn't really see yesterday. it was beautiful. we had a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast before setting off for a walk to Hooker Valley. The cloud seemed to have dropped again pretty quick and although it wasn't cold, I ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 8th 2013

Our last day in New Zealand and weather terrible. Plans for today had included doing the Shotover jet boat ride, the skyline gondola and the steamboat ride on the lake. But with very little visibility we decided that we would just do the Shotover this morning and see how the day panned out. We started the day with a hotel buffet breakfast. Haven't had one of them for ages, and have to say the Crowne Plaza have got it sussed. You can even make yourself a pot of tea with loose tea! Looking forward to tomorrows even though I will need to be up by 6.30 to use it before we leave for the airport. Not sure if it was the best idea to stuff ourselves before heading out on a jetboat ride! The Shotover jet ... read more
Jet boat
Ready to nose spin
Can you see 2 friendly faces?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 7th 2013

So we woke at 6.30 still in the harbour so not quite the waking up in the middle of nature but it had rained all night and was still raining so we did wonder what we would see. 40mm of rain had fallen over night. Once breakfast had started we left harbour to head off back up the sound. And it was such a different sight than the afternoon before. Hundreds of waterfalls had sprung up overnight. And ones that had been there before were hardly recognisable as they were so much bigger and more powerful. Not good for indigestion as one minute you are tucking in to bacon and eggs and the next you are on your feet taking photos outside! In an ideal world the storm would have passed and we would have had ... read more
Abel point
Can you see what it is yet
Some many waterfalls

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 5th 2013

So a bit of a leisurely start this morning with the alarm set for 8.30. The expected time for our journey today was a mere 5 hours so plenty of time. We decided today that we would swop and have breakfast in a cafe and buy a packed lunch from the supermarket. When I say packed lunch were talking loaf of bread, cheese slices and some hummus all washed down with a pint of orange juice! The sun was shining when we got up so we had discussed whether to go back and do the longer walk to the Franz Josef but as we were having breakfast the cloud started to come in so we decided that we would leave it! As we sat there, lots of young people in shorts carrying ice picks walked past. ... read more
Simple boy
Another forest walk
Fox Glacier

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 30th 2013

Saturday 30th November, 2013. Queenstown, Otago, South Island, New Zealand. The weather was slightly better today but still a bit dodgy and quite cold. We strolled into town and made our way to the Skyline Gondola Station. The gondola takes you up the Doppelmayr Mountain where you have great views over the harbour and you can also can hike. Other options at the summit included a luge, paragliding, bungy jumping (none of which interested us - especially M). First we went to the viewing platform (790 m above sea level) where we could see over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. It was still fairly cloudy and the sun couldn't seem to make up its mind whether to come out or not. We took some photographs and then walked outside the Top station Building and watched the chairlift ... read more
25. M on the Loop Walk
40. D in the Gondola
29. The Remarkables Mountains from the Loop Walk

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 15th 2013

Leaving Te Anau and Fiordland behind, I headed to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. A ski resort village in the winter with The Remarkableson their doorstep, when the snow isn't falling there is still much to do. A tourist mecca, the town is set up to cater for everyone's needs. Lying on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains, there isn't a water sport in the world which is not available to do here. From kayaking to steamer cruises, jet-boating the lake or the canyons, swimming, tubing or even diving, the list is endless. It is also renowned as the birth place of bungy jumping with the god father of the sport, A.J. Hackett, lending his name to the worldwide company that operates from here. You can even jump the Kawarau Bridge ... read more
Queenstown - Nevis Bungy - 134m 19
Queenstown - Nevis Bungy - 134m 20
Queenstown - Shotover Jet 4

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 3rd 2013

After woofing in Nambour and Lowood for 1 month I flew to Auckland. (15/10/13 till 10/11/13 After one night in Auckland it was off to Hot Water beach. 16/10/13 Arrived in Hot water beach after visiting some nice beaches. At night went to dig a hole in the sand and went to sit in it, sometimes it got really hot but was really awesome and you can sit in hot water on the beach. 17/10/13 The trip to Waitomo was pretty awsome allot of green hills, sheeps and cows. After arriving there we went to the Glowworm cave. At first it was just walking around and then we went on a boat. It was amazing to see all the lights on the roof of the cave. In the night had some beers with people from the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 18th 2013

Last Time I updated this I was just about to head to Wanaka. I can't write much about Wanaka really as the most memorable thing I did there was to get Subway breakfast for the first time. $3 for a bacon, egg and cheese roll. Not bad actually. I've been in Queenstown for the past 8-9 days. I would write a day to day account of what I've done here but to be honest it's all turned into a bit of a blur. A general day in my first week in Queenstown goes as follows: Wake up. Maybe sit around the hostel for a bit and get breakfast, or leave early if you've an all day activity planned. After leaving the hostel go and do one of the following: Gondola & Luge Frisbee Golf Skiing Bungy ... read more
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Fergburger
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 9th 2013

After the excitement of our skydive in Wanaka, we drove to nearby Queenstown, New Zealand's tourist Mecca and adrenaline capital. On the way we came across the birthplace of the modern bungee jump, at the Kawarau bridge. I pulled into the car park and Sonya wasn't impressed. 'I am not doing a bungee jump!' I had no desire to do one either lucky for her but I was intrigued. We went to the viewing platform and watched a girl elegantly swan dive from the bridge and dangle up and down. Sonya said just watching made her feel ill. We arrived in Queenstown at lunch time and after finding our bearings we headed to the infamous Fergburger, a joint notorious on the backpacker circuit for its humongous, tasty burgers. The place was packed. We got in the ... read more
A worthy opponent - Fergburger No.1
Fergburger!!
Drinks at Ice Bar




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