A few weeks ago I finally had the chance to make a trip down South to the beautiful city of Queenstown. I had spent so long gawking over Photographs of the beautiful views and spectacular scenery, and now I was finally able to witness it first hand.
We started off early and was able to catch the sunrise as we flew over South Auckland, and where greeted by the foggy mountains of Queenstown. Stepping of the plane into -4 degrees was definitely refreshing, In these times I was thankful for my big puffy jacket and my 2 layers of socks.
First thing after stepping off the plane, It was a drive out too Glenorchy for a Jet boat ride up the Route Burn Track. I kept having to check in with myself to make sure this was all real. The only way I can sum it up would be to call it a Fairy tale land. It seemed unreal that this place could exist, especially so close to home.
Our Jet boat ride came to an end with a warm cup of soup and a 4WD bus ride through Paradise, and it really did live up to its name!
First night out for Dinner, It took us a good hour to choose 1 place out of the 42 Restaurants in Queenstown. But finally we settled in to Blue Canoe for some interesting tapas, chicken feet being one of them. And then it was down to Vinyl for some live music.
The next day after a late breakfast and a stroll through the town, It was a trip to Arrowtown for a day of sight seeing, window shopping and Mulled Wine.
Even the views from the Car parks where mind bobbling! This was the view from Coronet Peak where I also learnt to snow board. There is no photo proof of this as a majority of the time I was trying to not fall over. But I did manage to grasp the floating leaf technique - after falling down and picking myself up, over and over and over again.
The best part of it all was spending this time with our family and Friends. The views where spectacular, the food was incredible, But the best thing was spending it all with one another. The trip wouldn't have been the same without them all, and especially the Birthday girl, Madeleine. Who, acting as our tour guide, was able to arrange so many adventures for us!
So many cafe's, so many coffees, so much good food!
On one of our last days, we drove through the Crown Ranges, and came out the other side to Cardrona, where I found some horses and was happily snapping photos for a good 30 minutes! I was so tempted to jump on and ride one off into the distance. Sadly horses don't have heaters so it was back into the car to defrost my toes!
To conclude, Queenstown was magnificent! I can see why people call it one of the most magical places on Earth. Getting back to Auckland's 12 degrees was a nice warm welcome home. And after spending a good week In a Fairy tale world, getting back to normal life was a bit of an adjustment. I know for a fact that I will be going back, this time maybe in the summer when I don't need to wear 3 sets of pants to be warm.