Following my picnic dinner on Monday (more on that later in the week), I decided to take the long way back to my motel via the Queenstown waterfront pathway.
From the grassy area near the Earnslaw dock, I started walking along towards the beachfront.
On a beautiful, summer evening (complete opposite to a few days last week), were a lot of people having picnics and a few bravely venturing into the water. Although the weather was a balmy 25C, the lake stays a brisk 8-10C year round. You have to be super keen to go in further than your tiptoes.
Some clever peeps were storing their drinks in the water to keep them cool – who needs a chilly bin when you have water this cold handy?
At the end of the beach is a small children’s playground where you cross over a small stream and this takes you to the small peninsula that is the botanic gardens, Ice Arena, Frisbee Golf park and waterfront pathway that goes around it.
At this spot with the Fern statute, you can go up the hill into the gardens or continue along the waterfront pathway. I chose the pathway.
To start, its paved, but after a while it becomes shingle – it would still be wheelchair accessible though. There were lots of people walking, jogging and biking along here but it was much more peaceful than along the beachfront.
With waves of the lake lapping on the shore and the bird song, you feel you are miles from Queenstown.
A number of people had found a quiet spot to just chill out.
And this couple were having a picnic.
Notice the pontoon is close to shore – its too cold to go further…
There are a number of park benches along the way if you want to stop and rest, while you enjoy the view.
Then as you turn away from Queenstown, the views are even more remarkable you might say…
Final look back to Queenstown…
And in case you didn’t get my “remarkable” pun just before, these are The Remarkables – mountains by summer, ski resort by winter. At this time of year, virtually no snow but in winter they are covered.
In the park surrounded by the walkway, is a Frisbee Golf course – this looked to be very popular with lots of people playing amongst the trees. This metal structure is one of the tees.
And this woody area is the course.
And the final photo I took as I headed back towards Queenstown.
The pathway carries on all the way through Frankton and to Arrowtown so if you were a keen walker or cyclist, this would be a wonderful day out!
Have you got a little map so we can see just where you are?
With the power of the internet, I can provide one 🙂
Wow! I never thought it would be like that down in the South. I thought it was on the coast. Absolutely magic. Thanks. You should put this map on any other posts you do of NZ.
Good idea – I’ll try to remember to do that. Yes its right in the middle of Otago. Here is some info about the lake area http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wakatipu
So gorgeous! Makes me want to visit NZ even more!
I feel very fortunate to be working in Queenstown and live in such an amazing place.