Queenstown/Wanaka

My first thought as I flew over the southern alps was ” I’d like to lick the snow off those mountains” Haha! I must’ve been hungry!

The place  is gorgeous everywhere you turn!Not one to be glued to phones/cameras but I did convince myself to close my gaping mouth and take some photos for memories sake. So here’s what I’d fondly ( and some not so fondly) remember my visit to South Island New Zealand by:

1.Beautiful lakes –  Excellent for breakfasts, followed by slow walks. The drive to Glenorchy, about an hour from Queenstown offers many scenic stops along lake Wakatipu .Lake Wakatipu

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Lake Wanaka

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Lake Hawea on a very rainy drive .

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2. Queenstown hill – not to stressful and offering 360 deg view of the place including the lake – i’d do this over and over!

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3. Milford Sound – done on a cloudy day which made the place even more mystic but the highlight of the trip was an excellent commentary provided by JUCY’s bus driver Eric through Fiordland – also he stopped at some cool places like The Mirror Lake and The Chasm for us.

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4.Blue pools – except it wasn’t blue by the time I made it.A very strange experience standing in front of a raging, swollen river in the cold rain wearing a New World plastic bag over my head!

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5. Roys Peak Wanaka – another beautiful harmless looking mountain turning into a bit of a nightmare with the gusty wind and the ice-grit on top – go prepared! Totally worth it.

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6. Skiing  – My first time skiing and at Cardrona and it turned out to be an excellent day  thanks to a very patient instructor who in the end managed to get me doing a few rounds all on my own without falling or crashing into people.

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7. Arrowtown – not crazy about the town itself but a leisurely walk around the river is just amazing! ( even if done in rain).

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8. Backpacking  – Not so fond!The places I tried were clean with excellent facilities,close to action etc and sociable crowd but If you are an introvert like me, you’d need some space regardless. I’d prefer   AIRBNB    over hotels or hostels any day.

Bumbles Backpackers

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Wanaka Bakpaka

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