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On Walkabout In: Queenstown, New Zealand

After crossing Haast Pass and seeing some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery my wife and I rolled into the South Island tourist Mecca of Queenstown:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is located in the south central region of New Zealand’s South Island and is centrally located to all the major attractions of the area such as the Wild West Coast, Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers, the Southwest World Heritage Area, Lake Te Anau, Milford Sound, etc.:

Queenstown sits on the beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu that provides recreation for both boaters and fishermen alike:

 

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

This beautiful lake along with Queenstown it self is backdropped by a number of spectacularly rugged mountains that gives this city one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Notice how large and S shaped the glacier carved Lake Wakatipu looks on this Google Earth image:

queenstown satellite image

Really just an amazing landscape surrounds the beautiful city of Queenstown.

The city itself is actually a small city of just over 10,000 people that actually seems like more then that due to the number of tourist that flock to this city.  The city is the home of many adrenaline fueled activities but while exploring the town, my wife and I found Queenstown actually quite a laid back city that was fun to walk around and check out the variety of small shops, restaurants, and cafes:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

My wife and I stayed in a local caravan park and just a short walk from the caravan park was a ride to the top of a high peak overlooking the city:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

My wife and I decided to take a ride on the gondola to the top of the mountain:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

found the gondola ride to the top of the mountain to be best place to get our bearings of the Queenstown area because the view from the observation platform are unparalleled:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

The view of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains are truly astounding:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Besides looking at the city and across the lake there are also more views to be had of some of the back canyons and valleys that surround the Queenstown area:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Besides the great scenery we were also able to spot our humble campervan down in the parking lot:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

With this being Queenstown there was of course a bungee jumping platform near the viewing platform on top of the mountain:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Something I found a bit ironic was at the bottom of the mountain there is a cemetery readily available for anyone who doesn’t survive their bungee jump:

Picture from Queenstown, New Zealand

Overall Queenstown is quite a stunning place but keep in mind this place runs on tourism so expect everything that comes with a location being a tourist trap.  We spent two days in Queenstown staying at the local caravan park that was packed with backpackers.  After two days we were ready to go because the crowds were getting to us and we were glad to be on our way again. 

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Prior Posting: New Zealand’s Southwest World Heritage Area

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