Five days in Queenstown, New Zealand

After 24 years I finally made it to QUEENSTOWN – I know, I know who hasn’t been to Queenstown right? Before meeting Luke, I had never been past Picton (just the classic Year 10 camp to Curious Cove was as far south as it gets for me – UNTIL NOW). Luke, being an original South Islander has been to Queenstown a couple of times before so it was just me who is clearly the deprived child (I’m not being ungrateful Mum and Dad – it’s a joke). Anywho, we had such an amazing time in such a beautiful part of Aotearoa and we felt very very lucky to share it with some great company so we thought we would share what we got up to …

We left New Plymouth bright and early (like 6.30am flight early) bound for Christchurch which is where most of Luke’s family is now based.  From Christchurch, we drove 5 hours south to Dunedin for Luke’s sister’s graduation.  We spent 2 days in Dunedin which we must say was a pleasant surprise.  Dunedin had quite a nice feel to it although I cannot imagine it in the middle of winter at literally zero degrees.  We loved the old houses and buildings filled with so much history and character and it had quite a vibrant, bustling feel about it – so it was a thumbs up to Dunedin!

We had a delicious meal at Hutong which we would very much recommend and another amazing celebratory dinner at Vault 21 which was delicious.  We also conquered the small hike up Baldwin Street – the World’s Steepest Street.

From Dunedin, we drove 3 hours south to Queenstown.  Driving in via beautiful Arrowtown – I seriously could not believe it! It was something straight out of a movie and possibly one of the most beautiful drives EVER. I can definitely see what everyone is raving on about now.  We stayed at The Glebe for three nights and then Luke and I stayed on an extra two nights at St Moritz – Mgallery by Sofitel.  The Glebe was amazing – perfect location and it was quite literally larger and flasher than our actual house.  It was so special having everyone (all of Luke’s family) all together again, quite the novelty now that everyone is scatted all over New Zealand slash just us up in the Naki.  St Moritz was beautiful – great views, great rooms and great service.  So all round our accommodation was 10/10 – would recommend both!

For the next five days we played tourists in our very own backyard which was so much fun and we felt very very lucky to explore and enjoy such a beautiful part of our country.

  • We had some serious races on the Luge that were way too competitive …
  • Jet boat up the Shotover River …
  • Amazing scenic drives out to Moke Lake, Coronet Peak, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Wanaka via the Crowne Range …
  • Incredible helicopter flight thanks to Heli Tours Queenstown to Cecil Peak over Lake Wakatipu & the Remarkables …
  • Lots of walks around the stunning Lake Wakatipu and exploring Queenstown …

Queenstown of course has some world class cafes, restaurant and eateries that serve delicious food and great coffee.  These are some of our definite must do’s:

So overall it was a 10/10 for Queenstown.  I can definitely see why it is at the top of everyone’s list when travelling to and around New Zealand.   We had such an incredible time and feel very lucky to have such an amazing place on our back doorstep, as kiwi’s i think we take this for granted.  This special place really puts into perspective how we  definitely live in the most amazing country and we can’t wait to explore a little more of Aotearoa next year.

Ciao for now Queenstown. See you sooner than you think.

L & A


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