Sooo this was supposed to be my first blog post.. but i seem to have got a little excited and started posting other things, as this one was taking to long.
I am 29 years old and I have been to over 30 countries and yet I have never been to the country closest to Australia – New Zealand. I think this is a common statement that many of us say these days, as we always want to go to Europe, Canada or somewhere exotic instead of exploring our own backyards. I have always heard people say how beautiful New Zealand is and that I must go, but every time I always choose somewhere else. However this time some friends asked my partner and I to join them on a ski trip to Queenstown and we couldn’t say no.
Landing in Queenstown airport would have to be one of the most scenic airports I have ever seen. As far as you could see there are snow capped mountains. From that moment forward I knew I would love it there, it reminds me a lot of Switzerland and Canada (both stunningly beautiful countries). Over the next 10 days I ate a lot of amazing food. From Ferg Bakery pies (4 to be exact, 13 between 3 of us), burgers and hot chocolates to Madam Woos delicious Laksa and a very cute Japanese Restaurant called Tanoshi.
We stayed at an airbnb called Modbox Queenstown, this was a very trendy and cute place overlooking Lake Wakatipu https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22090080. We spent most of our days snowboarding the Remarkables and Coronet Peak mountains experiencing blizzards, blue bird days night skiing and injuries…. Just a typical ski trip. On one of our off days we decided to venture on a winery tour as New Zealand is known for its incredible wines, we thought we should check out some of the wineries. We booked a tour with www.queenstownwinerytours.com the night before while enjoying some wine. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the guide took photos of us the whole day, capturing candid moments (which we got to keep). My favourite winery that we visited is a MUST see in Queenstown was THE CHARD FARM http://www.chardfarm.co.nz. The road you have to take to get to the winery is a little scary, but a breathtaking view (and for those Lord of the rings fans.. it will be a familiar sight).
There are many places you can visit near Queenstown… we decided to drive to Glenorchy for a visit which is under an hour drive away (beautiful scenic drive). We had breakfast as Glenorchy cafe which is pretty much the only cafe in town…however it would have to be one of the best breakfasts that i’ve ever had. There is not much to do in Glenorchy, but there is a very insta-worthy photo spot on the glenorchy wharf. Arrowtown is a very cute place only 20 mins drive from Queenstown. Its full of history, cute buildings, gelato and lots of shopping. A great place to spend an afternoon. In Queenstown I would highly recommend catching the Skyline Queenstown Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. Once you get up the top, you have breathtaking views, a restaurant and the Luge. The Luge is so much fun if your up for some adrenaline.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my NZ post.. the next one will be about Perth (another unexpected favourite).