by Johnny

Queenstown would have to rank as one of our favorite places we’ve been in New Zealand even without the added bonus of getting to spend time with my brother.  It’s such a cool place.  There’s an energetic buzz and social vibe in Queenstown that’s been lacking in some of the other New Zealand spots we’ve been.  Plus, the setting is incredible.  The cafes, restaurants and bars are full of people sharing laughs and beers and stories from their morning’s hike, bike ride or other adventure.  The beaches and parks are full of people picnicking and playing frisbee while street musicians play nearby.  We spent five nights in Queenstown and easily could’ve spent more…especially since the house we rented was directly on Lake Wakatipu with incredible views of The Remarkables.  Some highlights from a great stay in Queenstown: stopping for an infamous Fergburger on the way into town, daily walks through the Queenstown Gardens, riding the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak and watching the paragliders, pizza and beers with Jay and Vaughan at The Cow, day trips to historic Arrowtown and Gibbston Valley…and of course being treated like royalty by Jay.

First stop…Fergburger! Our first meal in our house…what a view!
Our house from the back… …and the front
Lake Wakatipu on our doorstep Ladies on the lake
Our view was like living inside a painting
We spent a lot of time in the Queenstown Gardens Our daily commute to town
View towards Queenstown from the gardens
Queenstown beach An ideal setting for a town
Susan and Big Pete high above Queenstown after riding the Skyline Gondola
Off he goes Weeeee!
 Lakeside piano serenade at sunset
Special pie for a special guy
Bros Dudes
Historic Arrowtown Arrowtown charm
Anna’s Graceland…Chard Farm Chard Farm tasting room
The vineyards at Chard Farm
Watching the bungy jumpers at Kawarau Bridge Bungeeeee!
Bye, Queenstown…we’ll miss you

2 Comments to “Queenstown”

  1. what a beautiful spot!! so glad you got to go there and see Jay too! Amazing photos! xoxo

  2. Brings back memories….we were there 20 years ago. A few changes, but the setting is the same. Burga

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