Queenstown is truly the jewel of the south in my opinion, and I was so happy to finally be in my favourite place in NZ again.
The road between Queenstown and Glenorchy is probably the most spectacular one I have ever driven – the views are completely and utterly breathtaking. At one particular point you come around a corner and the whole top of the lake stretches out before you. Thankfully there is a little spot to pull over and try to soak it all in (it’s hard to believe it’s real).
We found the much-photographed Glenorchy boat shed, which sits quaintly by the lake while the mountains tower majestically around the edge. If we’d had an off-road friendly vehicle we probably would have driven further into the aptly named place called Paradise (just past Glenorchy), but alas our rental could only take us so far. The beech forests are worth driving a short distance into though if you can. The light that diffuses through the magnificent greenery is something magical. You can see why overseas filmmakers love this place!
In Queenstown we found loads to do – from great scenic walks (highly recommend taking a hike up Queenstown Hill), the gondola and luge, a great ziplining adventure (that was some serious fun!), to eating (of course including a visit to the legendary Fergburger) and visiting some of the region’s wineries. All this combined with absolutely PERFECT weather and amazing views, well it really was an incredible way to finish a wonderful trip!