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Wanaka to Queenstown

February 26, 2015


For three weeks, we traveled the country of New Zealand (#WatsonsdriveNZ) and blogged our way through it. Follow along + catch up by reading Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart ElevenPart Twelve and Part Thirteen.

Our morning in Lake Wanaka was a bit spoiled because I got SICK! Ah it was the worst. I was in brutal stomach pain all morning and literally remember two minutes of our breakfast? It was awful, awful. Randy got me back to the hotel and we watched “In a World” in bed, staying later than our supposed check out time. “Tell them I’m sick!” Anyhow, after that morning drama, the world got brighter and better. It always amazes me how GOOD it feels to feel GOOD after feeling bad, you know? Randy’s way of celebrating is always ice cream so we stopped at Patagonia Chocolates where he had the richest chocolate ice cream of his life (true) and I had dark chocolate and raspberry sorbet.

We drove less than one hour from Lake Wanaka to Queenstown. We had heard so much cool stuff about this city! We couldn’t wait to arrive! Of course, we had many people tell us to “Eat at Fergbuger!” – an iconic burger place in Queenstown. We waited about an hour in line and for our food but Randy has talked about his burger about five times since we went. So I’d say it was worth it. I had a beef burger and I liked it! It was good! But he raved. ;)

Queenstown is a fascinating city, apparently only about 20,000 residents but I bet, at any one time in the summer there would be 10-20,000 tourists? It’s a very small “downtown” easily walkable in thirty minutes up and down every street with shops. Lots of neat restaurants and people watching. It’s known as one of the adventures capitals of the world. Any adrenaline pumping activity you’d like to do – you can do in Queenstown.

It’s also an expensive city to stay. We chose a bad time to visit – middle of summer AND during Chinese New Year – we stayed in an apartment motel for $160 a night and it was gross. We were laying on the bed catching a few minutes of rest before heading out to the town again and Randy said, “Oh boy, Jamie don’t look up.” Of course, I did. And the lightbulb above our head… it was COATED in dust. No exaggeration. Absolutely coated like it had not been dusted in sixteen years. I told Randy to take a picture but he refused to get close to it. Well, duh, I wasn’t going to either. ;)

In the afternoon we took the gondola up to the top of the mountain. I’d say this was worth doing! It’s only $30 each. (I say only because when you look at the prices of everything else in Queenstown… $30 is a steal.) It’s a great view of the city and the lake. We walked around, bought some postcards from the gift shop, watched people bungy jump, took pictures. All the important things, right?

These sheep were on the mountain underneath the gondola! I love SHEEP!!!

Dinner was Ivy & Lola’s – lovely restaurant with a view of the lake. We sat outside and loved talking about what we saw that day! I had seen some sweet photos of Queenstown sunsets so we sat and waited on the pier as the colours slowly changed from blue to orange.

Love the light on the mountains here.

The next day – a morning parasailing in Queenstown and a drive out to the country!

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