To-dos in Queenstown, New Zealand


First Day

After settling down at Blue Peaks Lodge, we decided to make our way to the Skyline Gondola, a 5-min drive away, as the rain interrupted our original plan. Carpark at the gondola area is free for 4 hours. We could see the cable cars from our lodge. And yes, I prefer calling a cable car, a cable car. Gondola sounds like the thing used in construction projects.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Skyline Gondola

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Skyline Gondola

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | While going up in the gondola

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | While going up in the gondola

For motion-sickness-prone me, this cable ride is mild extremely mild. Unless of course you decide to rock the cabin vigorously. You could, but please don’t do it. Safety first.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view from the top at night

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view from the top at night

We stayed there till it got dark, and my my, it was beautiful. Add chilly winds for good measure. Before you take the ride down, remember to buy awesome Jelly Beans from the jelly bean shop within the complex itself.

Second Day
Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Wet, wet morning

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Wet, wet morning

The rain didn’t let up, at least in the morning. We thought we just had to hide in our lodge all day. Thankfully, the sun peeked through through the heavy clouds just after noon and we could ride on some 15-seater jet boat. This is not a jet ski, definitely not for people with a weak stomach. If you are part of this group of (un)fortunate people, do not even think about eating anything before the road. Let’s just say my stomach was empty after the 43KM ride.🙂

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | KJet pier at Marine Parade (hur)

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | KJet pier at Marine Parade (hur)

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The KJet boat

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The KJet boat

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The marvelous landscape, even closer to you, on the KJet

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The marvelous landscape, even closer to you, on the KJet

Don’t be fooled by the above photo. It’s not that tranquil. Well, the environment is, but not for the participants. You will be bumped around, you will feel your stomach being pulled from left to right and back again, you will be spun around a full circle multiple times. Now that’s the interesting part. I’ve never seen a boat do a 360-degree turn on the spot that quickly. That was interesting to me, for the first, I think, two tries. After that, my brain was working 100%…to stop myself from vomiting. haha. I felt sick for the rest of the day, not kidding. That was the last exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping ride for the trip. The rest of the day was spent shopping, eating, shopping and eating.

Third Day

We visited Queenstown Gardens, a huge contrast from what happened the day before. The stroll from our lodge took 5 minutes.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Map of Queenstown Gardens

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Map of Queenstown Gardens

We took the scenic, lake-side path – Entrance (where the ‘i’ is) -> Red -> Blue (cutting from the centre of the map to the lake) -> Red again.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Beautiful wonder. Trees, flowers and a small lake with a bridge

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Beautiful wonder. Trees, flowers and a small lake with a bridge

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Yellow leaves; less than a month to winter.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Yellow leaves; less than a month to winter.

On our way back to Queenstown main town centre, we came across this:

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Our first rainbow @ Queenstown

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Our first rainbow @ Queenstown

And for good measure, here’s a paranomic view of the lake.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Paranomic view of Lake Wakatipu

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Paranomic view of Lake Wakatipu

As the clouds were still present, air activities like tandem jumps, para-gliding, etc were not available. Nonetheless, we made a trip to the town of Glenorchy, where my dad and sister intended to do their virgin jump off the plane in tandem. The really small and extremely quiet town is about 45-minutes drive away from Queenstown

 

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | On to Glenorchy

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | On to Glenorchy

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Pigeon Island and Pig Island

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Pigeon Island and Pig Island

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Our second rainbow, and our first-ever complete rainbow!

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Our second rainbow, and our first-ever complete rainbow!

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