Our First Three Days in Queenstown
My Review: 10
This is an unusual blog post. Though I don’t normally use 1to10 for strictly personal posts (in terms of my daily life and routine) I am making an exception. Because I can. So a couple of posts here and there will basically be copy&pastes from mass emails to friends and family / journal entries from my time in New Zealand.
I changed my mind. Instead of the above, I will do mini-posts on the things I experience and observe while I’m here. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Sorry for the mass email, but internet access in New Zealand is sort of sucky. It’s pretty much the only thing that sucks, so I’m not complaining, but it is hard to get any high-speed access. So I need to write as few emails as possible, and I can’t do a lot of picture sharing.
Allison and I got into Auckland around 5:00 AM on Thursday (NZ time.) We caught a 10AM flight to Queenstown, and started being official tourists around noon. We spent the day finding our hotel, and then walking into downtown Queenstown. The view from our room is incredible – Lake Wakatipu sits right in front of our window. It’s a huge lake surrounded by mountains in Central Otagou, the region where the Queenstown is set. We spent the afternoon wandering around, eating gigantic hamburgers at a place called Fergburger, drinking beer, and generally gawking at everything we saw. We brought some groceries and things back to our room on Thursday evening, along with a bottle of local wine, and then ended up passing out around 7:00 PM. I know, we’re weenies.
MY MINI REVIEW: 8
HE HOTEL WE BOOKED IS CALLED THE COLONIAL VILLAGE, AND IT IS AWESOME. THE VIEW IS INCREDIBLE, AND THE OWNERS ARE SUPER NICE. THE FIRST FEW NIGHTS WE WERE IN A BUDGET ROOM, BUT AFTER OUR TRAMP WE UPGRADED TO A LUXURY APARTMENT, AND IT RULES.
THE PARKING LOT AND SIGN
THE VIEW FROM OUR BALCONY IN THE APARTMENT
On Friday we got up around 6 AM, and wandered into town to have breakfast. After eating, we headed to a storefront right in downtown Queenstown on Shotover Street. The particular store front rents motorcycles, so Allison and I took a Harley Ultra-Glide and hired it for a half-day. We took the bike out and went wine tasting at a bunch of local wineries; Queenstown is known for their Pinot Noir. That was amazing and a lot of fun. We hit a couple of wineries for tours and tastings, then had lunch. In the afternoon after we brought the bike back, we did a little shopping for our first tramp which starts tomorrow. We had a big dinner at a restaurant called the Lonestar, drank some local beer and played pool in a pool-hall, and then hit the sack.
MY MINI REVIEW: 9
RENTING A HARLEY IN NEW ZEALAND WAS THE BEST THING WE COULD HAVE DONE. BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, AND A GORGEOUS BRAND NEW ELECTRA GLIDE ULTRA. THE BIKE WAS PERFECT,THE ROADS WERE WINDY AND FUN, AND THE WINERIES WERE PLENTIFUL ALONG THE WAY. RIDING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, BUT YOU GET USED TO IT FAST. WE TOOK ROUTE 6 OUT OF QUEENSTOWN, THROUGH FRANKTON, AND ON INTO WINE COUNTRY IN THE CENTRAL OTAGO VALLEY.
COULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER. THE FOLKS AT HARLEY TOURS ON SHOTOVER STREET IN DOWNTOWN QUEENSTOWN WERE FANTASTIC, ESPECIALLY JO, THE GAL WHO HELPED US OUT.
A DEFINITE 10.
ME AND THE WIFE
LOVING THE BIKE
Today is Saturday, we have been touring around the city some more, doing some shopping and eating. We are sitting in a cafe right now – the only one with free Wi-Fi. Sadly, the connection is very slow. We will do some last minute food shopping, maybe do a hike or a walk somewhere, and then 8AM tomorrow we catch a bus to the Routeburn Track for our first backpack (tramp.)
So far we are having an amazing time. We’re taking lots of pictures, and if we ever get to a solid internet connection we’ll send some out. Otherwise we’ll share a bunch when we’re back in the states.
Love to you all.
David (and his wife Allison.)