Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 6th 2019

How many stray pubes in your hotel room is too many? Not a question that we thought we’d have to ask ourselves but, alas, we did at one of the hotels a few days ago on our journey down the north island. Unfortunately stray pubes were not the only issue, and we spent a fair amount of time at the front desk and were very glad of our short stay at this establishment. A particular low point: having to wipe the brownish gunk from the shower prior to use and then, mid shampooing, the water changing from tepid to the temperature of a thousand suns with no warning at all. It certainly kept one on one’s toes (although it was probably sensible to be on tiptoe already, if not in flip flops, given the aforementioned foreign ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 25th 2019

Yesterday we spent the morning hiking up Queenstown Hill, which isn’t difficult but steep! Tony was always 20 or more feet ahead! On our way down the hill (in my book mountain) we came across a college friend of Tony’s and his wife! Very very small world experience! We also checked out Arrowtown which was an old gold mining town! Most steps walked so far!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 20th 2019

New Zealand - arriving in Queenstown was interesting as we swung through the mountains and bounced off the short runway before coming to a halt. First impressions were of a rugged, more varied and cooler country than where we had recently been. Plus it was 3 hours ahead of Brisbane and had much longer evenings - a bit like an English summer. We only had one night in Queenstown so we shot out and went up on the Skyline cable car up to Ben Lomond. Fortunately by the time we got up there the bungee jump was closed but we enjoyed the fantastic views over the scenic reserve and Lake Wakatipu. Eating out that evening we were following the recommendation of our friends from back home Jan and John and visited Fergbuger- which looked from the ... read more
view from top of cable car - Queenstown
on the Jetboat
Doubtful Sound

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 20th 2018

After our burger with Julian, we went for a walk in Queenstown. It’s a very nice town, which reminded me a lot of English towns but it is very busy and full of tourists! After a rest, we went for a walk near the river and had a takeaway dinner at a latin place. We are arepas and quesadillas on the beach with a beer. Shaun practiced his skimming skills on the lake. We wanted to buy some more beer and have another one in a quiet spot we had found but they refused to serve us as we didn’t have our passports. So we went back to the hostel! On the next day, we had a pretty lazy day and went for an early dinner at The Bazaar, an “interactive marketplace” restaurant we found a ... read more
View from Queenstown Hill
View from the beach in Queenstown

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 30th 2018

So today is our last day here in New Zealand. We decided to take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the S.S. Earnslaw, a steamship built in the early 1900's. It is a very nice ship. We could go down and look at the steam engines and boilers. We took a 45 minute cruise to the other side of the lake. We got off and visited the Walter Peak Station, which is a sheep and cattle ranch, for a bbq lunch. We got to see a sheepdog demonstration and a sheep being sheared. The lunch was great! Some of the best food we had all trip. After lunch, we returned to our hotel to start packing for the trip home. Later, we had our farewell dinner with our tour director and fellow travelers. Most people were ... read more
I don't know, Stacy took this
One of 2 permanent waterfalls
The opening to the ocean

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 28th 2018

SC writes: Queenstowbn is the most popular tourist destination in NZ and we have seen plenty of evidence of that. There are scores of things to including many white knuckle things such as hang gliding. It is a youngsters' town but yesterday we went for it and went jet boating up a mountain canyon. Even the 45 minute drive up int othe hills on unmade road was exciting enough. Stunning views and sheer drops. The boat itself is a high powered thing that only requires 8 inches draft and it wizzes up and down the canyon screaming past rocks and over waterfalls. A total adrenaline buzz - Amazing and all in glorious summer sunshine. The weather held today and we went for a more sedate cruise on the lake in the morning. In the pm we ... read more
Jet I could get
We jet boated up here

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 26th 2018

SC writes: Our last day in Christchurch was, again, cold and damp. We tramped around a bit but then retreated to: A) The botanic gardens conervatories...warmer and drier. Very good. B) The Christchurch Museum...again surprisingly good....excellent stuff on antarctic exploration C) The cinema. Fabulously luxurious cinema where we saw the latest JK Rowling offering. (The Crimes of Grindlewald). Hopeless - too many characters, too messy a plot, too much bonkers CGI...but it did pass a wet Sunday afternoon. Today we drove 7.5 hours to Queenstown, which we visited 25 years ago! What an amazing drive which we shared. A lot has happened in that time and a lot has changedin Queenstown. It is still a very attractive place with many tourists (including many from Japan). We got here in time for a poke around and's ... read more
Enjoying a pre-prandial drink in the evening sun
Sunset at Queenstown.

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 17th 2018

When I was young I really love travelling and adventure things. My goal after my studies is to travel as much as I can while I'm young and free #YOLO!:)) Main goals: Finish University - which I achieved! :) Find a better job - getting there lol Save Money. And last but not the least - TRAVEL! :) First day in Queenstown: MILFORD SOUND CRUISE TRIP I travelled alone, as my friend arrived in Queenstown a day after. This trip was really fun; I met new people from different countries. One of them came from the US and the other one was from Canada. They were both travelling solo as well, which we really got along well. My advice to all who are planning to go to Queenstown is to do this trip. This trip is ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 29th 2018

Visiting Queenstown in New Zealand was one of our goals of 2018 - and it has been accomplished! This is one of New Zealand's most famous sites, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually! Here, there are a thousand and one things to do, so a weekend isn't enough to know this magnificent island in depth, but still, we could do a lot. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital, so we wanted to get a dose of adrenaline in this magnificent place. 1. Bungy Jumping Bungy Jumping is one of the best activities we can do in Queenstown. Through AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand, a company known all over the world for its safety and exceptional quality, we can make a jump of 43 meters high or a crazy 134 meters! At 20 minutes from ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 12th 2018

The sun came up (eventually), England got knocked out of the World Cup and it's crystal clear blue skies with no wind - is this the perfect day? Close! And I was initially disappointed that we weren't going to experience such cracking weather on the slopes, until we booked our lake cruise. We awoke with no plans - except to check-out by 10 am. Some of us were up for kick-off at 6 but the majority didn't surface until just before 9. But being seasoned travellers we were packed and ready to check-out by about 9.30! What a team! With zero wind chill, today still felt the coldest of all our days here. We packed up, rugged up and knicked off. We parked just out of town (Brisbane St coincidentally) to avoid parking fees/fines and walked ... read more
Remarkables Lake View.
Farm Fun.
Hair Envy.

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