Queenstown & Arrowtown

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July 22nd 2010
Published: July 23rd 2010
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View from GondolaView from GondolaView from Gondola

Queenstown and lake
A new day, sunshine, petrol in the tank and a leisurely pace and Arrowtown is quite a lovely place to visit. Its a historic mining town with trendy shops and restaurants. There is a park with restored mining houses of Chinese miners who came for the gold rush. The town has a 'western' feel, and Queenstown is much like Whistler or Banff. Both towns have artsy, small theatres that promote alternative/good movies. We went to theatre in Queenstown that had about sixty seats and a beautiful silk patch ceiling to watch a Steve Martin black and white film. Last night we went to Arrowtown to watch movie about Tolstoi in a theatre of 30 seats. The bars and restaurants are very nice in Arrowtown because you don't have the throb of tourists in the streets.
When in Queenstown, look up and you'll see hot air balloons, para-gliders, helicopters and small planes. The streets are filled with skiers now. A perk about the ski slopes here in New Zealand is no trees.

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Bungy above QueenstownBungy above Queenstown
Bungy above Queenstown

Take the gondola, walk over to platform and throw yourself off. Nope, I did not do this.

Driving into town I had to stop to take this pic

While coming up the gondola I heard a scream near the top. Unnerving.....until I looked to right to see bungy platform and a body dangling.

Can you see the para-glider?
Top of the WorldTop of the World
Top of the World

Cool breezes and I need a jacket. Down in town its warmer
Lake WakatipuLake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

Lake beside Queenstown

Lane to friend's house

Great frontyard
Neighbour's petsNeighbour's pets
Neighbour's pets

And people think my pet chicken is unusual.

Frontier-type buildings
Lord of RingLord of Ring
Lord of Ring

Finally, I see some commercialism from movie
Good BakeryGood Bakery
Good Bakery

Excellent food here

Not sure what is up with paper cup for soup but everyplace serves it like this. The bread was filled with herbs and a slab of Brie
Restored Miners HouseRestored Miners House
Restored Miners House

Tiny building that Chinese miners built during gold rush.

Arrowtown is a good place to visit (as long as you are not seeking petrol). Behind me is park where there are restored Chinese mining houses.

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