Saturday 11 February 2023

Holiday in Queenstown


Lagoon walk at Glenorchy

Looking over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu

Sunset at Lake Hayes

Historic miner's cottages - Arrowtown

Chinese miners cottage

Tree in the Lake - Wanaka

Last month The Scout and I celebrated out 25th wedding anniversary.  We decided to celebrate with a 
no children, week away in Queenstown  (somewhere I have never visited) in the South Island.

It's about a 1.5 hour flight from Auckland, and I was amazed at the views of the mountains and ranges as we flew in to Queenstown. Such a different landscape from Auckland.

Day 1:    After picking up our rental car, we drove out to Glenorchy, the scenery was absolutely stunning.  Blue skies, calm waters, mountain ranges everywhere I looked.

Day 2:  A visit to a local lavender farm, then onto explore Queenstown township and a trip up the gondolas for amazing views.

Day 3:     We caught up with friends, and went out to the historic Cardrona Hotel for lunch,  The beautiful lake Hayes with afternoon and sunset views.

Day 4:    Explored historic Arrowtown,  and the old Chinese settlement. Highlight of the day was the Shotover Jet boat road up the Shotover Canyon.

Day 5:  A trip out to Wanaka, caught up with my cousin who lives there, and visited the famous tree in the lake, which unfortunately due to low lake levels is currently a tree out of the lake.  Driving home through very wet but beautiful conditions.

I had a lovely holiday, it was such a beautiful place to explore in summer, not sure how I'd cope with the cold winter conditions though.


  1. this is just so beautiful - parts of it reminds me of the American West which we love to visit. It is always so nice to see parts of the country that are different then where you live isn't it.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your stunning photos of Queenstown! We never visited there when we lived in Christchurch unfortunately, your photos, especially of the snow covered alps have me feeling quite homesick even though I am actually from the north of England!

  3. Looks like a great place! I’ve been watching “One Lane Bridge” which also inspires me to place Queenstown on my NZ Wishlist.


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