This past week in photos – Central Otago road trip – New Zealand

This week I was lucky enough to be sent to Queenstown for work.  I love this part of New Zealand, its beautiful and if it wasn’t for the brutal winters, I’d live there in a heartbeat.

Dinner on Monday was at one of my old favs… Tham Nak Thai and again, it didn’t disappoint.  My coke in the large glass jar was a nice touch.  Though is it just me or should anyone over the age of 12 not be subjected to a straw?

For vegetarians, Tham Nak Thai is a great option, they have an extensive vegetarian menu contained within their regular menu.  YAY!

We ordered spring rolls to start followed by a spicy tofu salad with lemongrass and … stuff.  It was delicious and spicy.  We also had a vegetable and tofu satay with steamed rice (not pictured).

We very nearly licked the plates.

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On Tuesday we popped out to Amisfield Winery, this rather imposing statue was at the entrance.  I understand the restaurant is excellent here but didn’t have the opportunity to dine.  A spectacular location though.

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At Jack’s Point, which is a golf course club house we stopped for a work lunch.  I had the pasta and it was fresh pasta made on site. “OMG” I believe was the best way to describe it.   We were seated outside in the sun by the lake so the photo is a little washed out, but the flavours in this dish were incredible.

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Back to Queenstown and a short stroll along the lake waterfront to visit another client… tough commute huh?
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Wednesday night we dined at Saigon Kingdom, a Vietnamese restaurant.  Again another spectacular meal.  I can’t exactly remember what the dishes were but a Pad Thai type noodle dish (left) and a vegetable something with tofu.  Again, plates went back without a grain of rice left.

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Thursday was our road trip around the area to visit a number of clients.  Alexandra, Cromwell, Wanaka and back to Queenstown.

Quick coffee stop in Cromwell with a view of the “big fruit”… so tacky!

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In Wanaka, we stopped to have a quick chat to one of the locals.  Ears back, looking unimpressed since I rudely stopped stroking to take the photo.

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Lunch time in Wanaka along the lake, a little breezy but isn’t it beautiful?

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We headed back to Queenstown via the Crown Range, this is a high country road and chains are required to be carried in the winter but at this time of year, it’s an easy drive.

We stopped at the historic Cardrona Hotel to take a photo and quickly stretch the legs since we’d been doing a lot of driving.
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And finally back home to Christchurch where the family were thrilled we were back…
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If they actually noticed we were home that is…

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