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Off to Queenstown … a story with pictures

So the other week, I was asked to travel to Queenstown for work… I pleaded, “please don’t send me!”  Yeah, right.  I love Queenstown, its one of those top worldwide tourist destinations and with good reason – its a fun, vibrant town with loads to do, great restaurants and the most amazing scenery.

So why would I say “no“?  🙂

On a beautiful, sunny spring day I left Christchurch on an Air New Zealand plane for Queenstown ...

On a beautiful, sunny spring day I left Christchurch on an Air New Zealand plane for Queenstown …

Flying south we flew over the patchwork of the Canterbury plains and braided rivers, spying the Southern Alps in the distance ...

Flying south we flew over the patchwork of the Canterbury plains and braided rivers, spying the Southern Alps in the distance …

As we headed further south we started crossing the mountains ...

As we headed further south we started crossing the mountains …

And after nearly an hour started our decent into Queenstown ...

And after nearly an hour started our decent into Queenstown …

Nearly there now, minutes from landing ...

Nearly there now, minutes from landing …

We made it!  As we get off our Air New Zealand flight, there is a Jetstar plane sitting on the tarmac.  Look at the mountains in background ...

We made it! As we get off our Air New Zealand flight, there is a Jetstar plane sitting on the tarmac. Look at the mountains in background!  Then it was off to work, so a slight interlude here for worky type things that I won’t include …

Next stop my motel, view from the deck is straight down Lake Wakatipu with mountains all around ...

After work, next stop my motel, view from the deck is straight down Lake Wakatipu with mountains all around …

And since it was a beautiful warm evening, a wander back into town for a look around.  Lots of people enjoying the amazing warm weather and long daylight hours to sit outside and relax ...

And since it was a beautiful warm evening, a wander back into town for a look around. Lots of people enjoying the amazing warm weather and long daylight hours to sit outside and relax …

A short walk to the pedestrian shopping mall and... Starbucks.  No I didn't go in there ...

A short walk to the pedestrian shopping mall and… Starbucks. No I didn’t go in there …

I wandered instead to the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu and checked out the WW1 Memorial ...

I wandered instead to the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu and checked out the WW1 Memorial …

Had a quick peak at the beach of the lake ...

Had a quick peak at the beach of the lake …

And took in the view around the lake.   There were a lot of people having picnics or having dinner along the shoreline ...

And took in the view around the lake. There were a lot of people having picnics or having dinner along the shoreline …

The fish'n'chip shack was doing a brisk trade of takeaways ...

And the fish’n’chip shack was doing a brisk trade of takeaways …

While others were just sitting and enjoying the view ...

While others were just sitting and enjoying the view …

I wandered around the shoreline a bit ...

I wandered around the shoreline a bit …

Had a look at the small marina ...

Had a look at the small marina …

And decided that these should be mandatory in all cities ...

And decided that these should be mandatory in all cities …

I had some dinner and then snapped this photo of people waiting to get their meals at Fergburger ...

I had some dinner and then snapped this photo of people waiting to get their meals at Fergburger …

Then I thought it was time for a stroll to wear off my meal ...

Then I thought it was time for a stroll to wear off my meal …

I admired this bronze statue of William Rees, the first European Settler in the area and presumably one of the first sheep ...

I admired this bronze statue of William Rees, the first European Settler in the area and presumably one of the first sheep …

And went to see the vintage steamer the TSS Earnslaw,  which does scenic cruises along the lake to Glenorchy ...

And went to see the vintage steamer the TSS Earnslaw, which does scenic cruises along the lake to Glenorchy …

 

and then I went back to the motel for bed.

The end.

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About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.

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4 thoughts on “Off to Queenstown … a story with pictures

  1. It is so close to us but we have not been. Maybe… we should look for some cheap flights to go…. 🙂

    Posted by wisemonkeysabroad | November 26, 2014, 5:07 pm
  2. Not a bad little town. And nice pics.

    Posted by suchled | November 26, 2014, 6:27 pm

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