Project 365 2012 – Day 326 – NZ Day 5

Queenstown

Day 326 – Queenstown

Day 5 – Queenstown to Glenorchy to Queenstown

We had a nice sleep in before heading up to Fergburger for breakfast. I am always very sceptical of hype, but these burgers did not disappoint. They were massive, fresh, and very very tasty. We then went to the top of the hill in the Skyline gondola. The view from the top was just amazing, nothing like I’d ever seen before and Lake Wakatipu was stunning. We went down the luge track, as pictured above, which was a bit of fun. Then we decided to have an icecream at the top while admiring the view.

In the afternoon we went for a bit of a drive to Glenorchy. We stopped at a little part of the lake and attempted to skip some stones, which I have discovered I am a complete failure at. There were some French guys hanging out at the lake as well and one of them just stood up and casually skipped a stone about a dozen times. I managed about 3, so I stopped looking over at them! I also have terrible aim. I may have missed the actual lake a couple of times.

It was quite a lovely drive and saw lots of sheep. We had to get petrol for the first time on our trip and we took so long to find the petrol cap release that the service attendant helped us do it. How embarrassing.

We had a massive amount of fish and chips for dinner on the shore of Earnslaw park after heading to the very gimmicky ice bar. I’ve never been in an ice bar before, but will probably not do it again any time soon. After dinner we had icecream (again!) and the husband kept trying to steal mine because I’ve a slow eater. I’ve gotta eat faster or else I’ll lose my food to him!

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Project 365 2012 – Day 324 – NZ Day 3

One Fine Day

Day 324 – One Fine Day

Day 3 – Te Anau to Queenstown

We drove back to Queenstown and enjoyed another great day of weather. We keep hearing about the rain in New Zealand, but apart from the tiny bit of drizzle on our first day, it’s been nothing but perfect. I don’t think I packed for this weather as I was expecting it to be much wetter and cooler.

We stopped off at a few lookouts, saw lots of cute sheep, drove through a red tussock grass reserve, which reminded me of something out of Dr Seuss. I can’t believe how clear and blue the water is around here. It’s so amazing.

We had lunch in Queenstown and took a wander around the gardens before meeting up with our guide for our Segway tour. Our guide, funnily enough, was from Adelaide. I’m beginning to notice that most people are on working holidays and we’ve met very few locals. I thought going on a Segway would be tough, but it was actually really easy and heaps of fun.

I have also discovered my new favourite New Zealand food, which is home made creme brulee fudge. It’s so amazing that I almost inhaled it, which my husband thought would be cute to name me the Greedy Fudge Monster.

When we went to check into our hotel, we were informed that they had overbooked the hotel because of a conference. However, we got upgraded to their sister hotel, which was nicer, better, and was closer to town. We don’t often have much luck, in fact lots of things that happen to us make me feel like we’re just a complete disaster, but this was pretty lucky.

We walked out to town for dinner and then had a walk along the shoreline after picking up some more fudge. Yes, it’s that good and highly addictive.

The photo of the day was taken at one of the lookouts on our drive. I’m pretty annoyed about that giant speck of dust on the sensor, but it can’t be helped and I’m not game enough to clean it myself, so there it will stay for the rest of the trip.