Day 12 Wednesday 26 February – Queenstown

We woke this morning to another beautiful day in Queenstown, and after a leisurely breakfast, we walked down the hill to the town centre where we did some shopping.  We then had a short stroll to the wharf/jetty area, where we watched as the captain hand fed some wild trout.  We boarded our boat for our 90 minute cruise on Lake Wakatipu. There were several areas on the boat – an inside lounge area, a sun deck and a covered viewing area at the rear of the boat, which is where we sat, taking in the amazing views.  We cruised along the lake past the Golf Course, the Yacht Club and a lovely residential area of beautiful homes overlooking the lake.  We continued along to the end of the lake to the Historic Kawarau Bridge, with a fantastic view of The Remarkables – this end of the lake links with the Shotover River.  We came back along the other side of the lake and had great views to Coronet Peak (the ski area) before returning to the wharf. We enjoyed the commentary on the boat, where we learnt some more interesting facts about Queenstown.  1.55 million tourists visit Queenstown every year both in the summer months  to enjoy the lake and in the winter months for the ski resorts in the area and tourism is now the town’s source of income.

Lake Wakatipu is a Z-shaped lake and is New Zealand’s purest lake, both in clarity and in pureness of water – you can actually drink the water.  The lake was carved out by a glacier, is 290 square kilometres and at Devil’s Staircase it is 400 metres deep, which makes its bed well below sea level. In some areas, the bottom of the lake was only about a foot below the bottom of the boat. We had a wonderful cruise, taking photographs and just soaking up the absolutely beautiful scenery.

We then went for a walk and found a little bakery to buy our lunch, walked back to a grassed area next to the wharf/jetty area to eat our lunch.  It was quite cool in the shade but very warm in the sun.

We wandered along the lake front, stopping to look at the activities on the lake eg jet boats, para-sailing, paddle boats etc. as well as para-gliders gliding off the top of Bob’s Peak.  We walked along Marine Parade and climbed up the steep hill through a section of the gardens and back along Frankton Road to our beautiful hotel after a wonderful morning out on the lake!

This evening, we went on a Gondola ride up to the top of Bob’s Peak for dinner at the Skyline Restaurant.  We walked out onto the observation deck and were amazed at the stunning views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, which was the most beautiful shade of blue.  The Top Station of the Gondola is 790 metres above sea level and the total length is 730 metres.

At dinner, we had a table next to the windows, overlooking Queenstown, the lake and The Remarkables in the background.  The buffet dinner, set over five different areas, was very tasty and was presented beautifully.  The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner together, with the magnificent view as our backdrop.  We watched the changing colours of the lake and The Remarkables as the sun started to go behind the mountains.

The four of us have had a wonderful time in Queenstown and we are heading off to bed early tonight as we are having a very early start tomorrow morning.

One Response to “Day 12 Wednesday 26 February – Queenstown”

  1. Janet says:

    Loving the photos. Mum and Aunty Maria are looking more and more alike these days! I especially like the one of the 2 ‘girls’ at the restaurant – looking super happy to be there together 🙂 Just love it! 🙂

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