Queenstown New Zealand is a Stunning Location.
Situated on the beaches of the deep blue Lake Wakatipu, also surrounded by the 7,000 ft (two,300 metres) large Remarkables, the scene is stunning. Queenstown is essential for any New Zealand vacation.
We’d love to talk about a day at Queenstown with you personally.
From bed around 8am, the day is bright and sunny, though trendy, using a maximum predicted temperatures of 14 degrees celsius today. It is mid October and although now is an ideal alpine day, there’s snow on the peaks and little falls are still possible, even less probable as the month progresses.
We begin the day with a cooked breakfast at our flat in the Beacon, which overlooks the lake. Beautiful views, and in fact it is well worth paying a bit extra to get a room with uninterrupted lake views. Lake Wakatipu is approximately 40 kilometres (roughly 22 kilometers) long, and stretches between the tiny cities of Glenorchy and Kinston. The driveway to either of them from Queenstown is a memorable experience as you comply with the lake border all the way. But that is not for us now.
Now we drive into the gorgeous lakeside township of Wanaka (Wan-a-ka), which will be approximately one hours drive from Queenstown. It’s possible to go through the township of Cromwell, but a far more intriguing drive is through the Crown Range. The road climbs over the Crown Range and will be the greatest main road in New Zealand. There are lots of lookouts along the way, that offer wonderful photo opportunities awaiting Queenstown (be sure you’ve got loads of movie, or for electronic users, a huge memory card). In route, around 25 kilometres before Wanaka we pass the historic Cardrona Hotel, which dates back into the 1800s. More on this later. After in Wanaka we wander along the lake edge, and by the little pier in front of the Tourist Information center, you can view hugh trout swimming only metres beneath you in the waters of Lake Wanaka. Unbelievable. We take a stroll through town and as always, we’re pleased with the cleanliness and presentation of town center. The natives really do require a great deal of pride. There are many cafes and gift shops for the kiwi memorabilia. When you’ve got an hour or two to spare, then see the Puzzling World. This place is excellent fun for children and adults, and contains a maze, different optical illusions and a lot of mind teasers. Well worth a trip.
Now, however, it is time to return to Queenstown. However, before a visit to the Cardrona Hotel for lunch. As you enter the hotel, you’re greeted with examples of local historical pieces and bits, and at the pub area, look through a glass panel in the ground to a classic gold mine column. The resort has a menu filled with hearty kiwi dishes, along with a choice of fine beers and wines. If the evening is cool you have the choice of sitting indoors by the open flame, but using this perfect day, we opt to sit back into the airy and spacious backyard at one of numerous timber tables. Our dining table sits on a gorgeous lawn area and we’re struck by the space between us and the nearest diners (likely 15 metres or 50 ft). In case you have kids there’s lots of space for them to research safely. We sit in sunlight and sample a Speights beer (okay, I sample two) along with also a regional Sav Blanc, and tuck in to our lunch, thinking how great the day is. Our meal is nicely presented and very, very excellent. We’re even joined by the resident cat, that sits alongside us on our bench seat, and requires a couple of tiny pieces of chicken out of me. The natives sure are favorable.