We have been a week driving from Christchurch to Queenstown and passed through such diverse and amazing landscapes it seems as though we have travelled much longer. Now we have arrived in Queenstown. This is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. Bungii jumping, sky diving, jet skiing, horse riding, canoeing,walking the list is endless. It is also incredibly beautiful, surrounded by soaring mountains and national parks and built along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It seems every nationality of back packer and also older person have come to experience all it has to offer. The town is packed and buzzing with a myriad of languages.
We had only booked the rental car for one week. If the weather had turned really cold and wet we planned to fly out of Queenstown and head back north. Fortunately the weather was perfect so we extended the car for another week. We booked into Pinewood Hostel for 3 nights. Time to catch up with laundry, explore Queenstown and fulfill another dream.
I had a relaxing afternoon, after doing the laundry, I read my book.
Jack went for a walk. 2 hours later he arrived back with photos of Queenstown from the top of the gondola mountain. No he hadn’t ridden up but had walked and in parts scrambled up the very steep slope to the top. There is no stopping him, he is always setting himself challenges.
The cutting up the side of the mountain is where the gondola ride travels to the top, and where the walking track also goes to the top…
There is just a hint of autumn in the air and the trees are showing a tinge of the change that will overtake the landscape in a few more weeks.