Let me just stand here in complete awe for a while, I am taking in the splendid view of the absolutely correctly named mountain range called The Remarkables.
This area has it all and has to be on your bucket list!
If you don’t have one yet, write it just for this place. And to think I did not want to come here in the first place, but let me start again.
Queenstown is a small town on New Zealand’s South Island and the perfect starting point for day trips to the surrounding lakes, for exploring the Western fjordlands including Milford Sound and – not to be forgotten about – for fun in the snow. After all, Queenstown is an alpine resort with a wide range of winter sports on offer.
After a long day on the white slopes, there are shops and restaurants offering diversion and food opportunities en masse.
The most popular place foodwise seems to be the famous Ferburger. The price is decent for a town that revolves around tourists spending their money, the portions guarantee satisfying hungry wolfs and the taste will also make you think twice about running up the only McDonald’s around the corner.
Walking off those new calories or taking in the fresh air, there are two ways to take in everything of Queenstown. First, the Queenstown Gardens are a good option. From the first settlements in this area, the peninsula was kept as a park and what a tranquil park it is. Walk through rows of old trees or stroll along the rugged shoreline and find yourself overlooking Lake Wakatipu with a brilliant sky overhead in which picturesque clouds are perfectly draped around the mountains lining the horizon.
The second option – and I strongly recommend doing both – is suited for those fit on their feet and on a hunt for a small hike. Several paths lead up to Bob’s Peak and through magical fairy tale forest. The scenery changes a lot during that 30min hike and you will be absolutely enchanted but the actual wonder reveals itself to you at the top.
Take a deep breath and gaze over the beauty that Queenstown is!
The snowclad Remarkables in the back, the tree covered Kelvin Heights in the foreground and the city at your feet are most stunning during sunset and after night has fallen.
So take a seat in the glass pained sky lounge and gaze out before you hop on the steepest gondola of the Southern Hemisphere and descend upon the glistening rows of light.
No need to dream when your eyes just want to be wide open!