Monday 8th October and Wednesday 10th October
We spent two full days exploring the beautiful town of Queenstown – with the Tuesday in between spent in Glenorchy (which I have posted separately about). We spent a day here back in 2006 when we visited before but decided to come back this time for longer – 3 days and 4 nights. We have really enjoyed the time we have spent here and also have an enjoyable morning left tomorrow after we check out before we start the drive down to Manapouri.
Monday 8th October
We headed straight for the Kiwi Birdlife Park this morning – as my husband John is a huge fan of kiwis. The park are very much focussed on conservation and helping save and preserve NZ’s native birds and wildlife which is great. The kiwi houses were our first stop once we entered and we saw two lovely kiwis here. They were right up against the glass and were so beautiful! Going into kiwi house two we saw two different kiwis here and this time they were running around lots so were great to watch. We saw the Conservation show at 11am which was brilliantly run – we saw and learned about lots of different native birds, saw a naughty possum and also a tuatara (a species around since the time of dinosaurs!). We walked around the 5 acre site – and saw other birds such as the kea and tui. We then headed into the town centre for lunch and came across Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar. We ate lunch here and the pizza was delicious! We then spent the rest of the day exploring Queesntown and relaxing.
Wednesday 10th October
We spent another great day in Queenstown today. We explored the shops and town this morning – visiting the Lord of the Rings shop – but not being able to afford any of the memorabilia! After another lovely lunch at Winnies we decided to take a trip up to the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak. We did take this gondola on our trip back in 2006, but loved it so wanted to experience it again and are really glad we did! The gondola ride up was brilliant and the views from the top just as brilliant as we remembered. This time we decided to go on the Skyline loop walk, which took us away from the people and up into the forest for higher views – it was a lovely walk. We finished the afternoon with a yummy muffin and milkshake at the cafe. We will miss Queenstown but are sure we will back on our year’s adventure!