Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 24th 2014

So, this day I drove to Queenstown. A place I hadn't intended to go to as I heard it was crowded with tourists. But I had to return the car there so I really had no choice. Little did I know that my car adventure was going to start 20 kilometers from the airport where I was supposed to drop off the car. I just past Arrowtown when I noticed the little blinking light telling me I needed gas! Yikes! How long had it been blinking??? Could I really go 20 kilometers?? Arrowtown was just 7 kilometers away, perhaps I should detour to there and get a few liters? I really didn't want to run out of gas so I did a u-turn and headed for Arrowtown. Where, of course, there was no gas! Shucks! A ... read more
Wine Tasting Queenstown Style
Queenstown Gardens

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 24th 2014

Woensdag 19 Februari 2014: De wekker gaat vroeg dus vlug naar de keuken voor het te druk wordt. Er is toch al wat volk maar om 9u30 zijn we buiten. Eerst nog naar de winkel voor wat eten want op de eindbestemming van vandaag zal niet meer zijn dan een dorpswinkeltje. Net buiten het dorp begint mijn weg die me flink omhoog zal brengen. Ik kom nog wat wielrenners tegen die zeggen dat het steil wordt terwijl een meisje in de jeugdherberg zei dat het goed meeviel. Wel ze zouden beiden gelijk hebben. Een andere wielrenner verklaart me nog zot. Het terrein is droog en dor. De heuvels zijn geel. Buiten wat struiken is er weinig vegetatie. Het eerste deel wint langzaam hoogte, zeer gestaag dus goed te doen. Als ik een boom zie met wat ... read more
Arrowtown mijnwerkershuisje

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 5th 2014

We left Dunedin in glorious sunshine to travel to Queenstown. The scenery varied as we went along from familiar English type countryside with big trees and fields full of sheep and cows, and within a few miles the road changed and we were going through narrow mountain gorges with the road twisting and turning around sharp bends. It then changed to high fertile plains growing all sorts of fruits and lots of vineyards. There was little traffic on the roads so the journey was easy. We stopped in several places one being a bungee jumping bridge straddling a river gorge. For about half a nano second we considered having a go and then common sense stepped in so instead we watched "the young people" leaping from a tiny platform. Our route took us through the gold ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 2nd 2014

Over the Christmas break we spent a few days in Wanaka, where I got to pilot an Aerobatic, Pits Special. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed it, the best part was we didn't end up in a flaming wreck with me at the helm! After this we moved to Queenstown for a few night, one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. In Queenstown. I went parasailing, I was going to go skydiving we were literally walking up to the plane with our gear on when it was cancelled because of high winds. We saw a plane full of people come back. So I had to do it in Auckland. There's a moment when you are about to jump out of the plane when you realise that lawn bowls would also have ... read more

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

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

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

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

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