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Queenstown

A flying visit

sunny 18 °C
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We only had one full day in Queenstown, which was just enough for us as we weren't planning any of the adventure activities it is famous for. It would have been nice to have some time to go up to Glenorchy, or do a few of the walks that surround Queenstown.
Thankfully we got sunshine back again!
Our first trip was up the gondola, which actually wasn't as bad as I thought it might be as long as I looked forwards and not down! The views at the top were amazing and we even saw some people paragliding off the top! It made me want to do it!
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We popped back for lunch and then we wandered along to the lakefront. It was very nice, and you could see how popular Queenstown is with young people! Best of all I liked the walk we did around the Queenstown gardens where it was much more peaceful.
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Posted by pkaplicz 22:48 Archived in New Zealand Tagged queenstown views city Comments (0)

Picton

semi-overcast 22 °C
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Day 1
Today was the first day in quite a while that we didn't have to leave by 8:30/9am, so a bit of a chance for a lie in. The sky was a beautiful colour so I took a quick photo.
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At 10am we got on our way to Picton, our next two night stop.
We stopped at Pelorous and walked down to the river as well as doing a loop track through the forest. It was a nice easy walk, and yet we didn't see anyone at all!
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The journey to Picton is pretty short, so rather than taking the main route via the SH1, we followed online advice I had found on TripAdvisor to go via Queen Charlotte Drive. This is a fairly winding road, which Laura very much enjoyed driving, and we got some beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds even though it was cloudy!
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In the evening we went for a quick walk around before dinner, and got treated to some more lovely views.
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Day 2
This was our full day in Picton, and we chose to do a few walks rather than take a boat cruise through the sounds (which also sounded cool but we had to choose). I managed to persuade Laura to go on the long walk in the morning, and so we drove up to the car park of the Snout Track. It's good we did as it was quite a hill to get up, and there was more uphill walking to come. In the end we walked the return walk to the Queen Charlotte Lookout, which is halfway along the track. We chose this as it gave us some great views of the sound along the way and at the end, and it was still over 1.5hrs return with quite an undulating track. We even saw some people running it! It was definitely a good idea to do the walk in the morning as the track got busier later on and much hotter too. The views made me long for a week or 2 in this area, cruising along on a small boat and visiting different bays every couple of days. Maybe next time!
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After a bit of a rest we went on a shorter walk in the evening. I was quite hungry so only walked part of the way to Bob's Bay before returning to make our dinner of soup and toast (still about 1 hr return) whereas Laura walked all the way to the beach. The sun came out for us and showed us some lovely views!
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Posted by pkaplicz 00:32 Archived in New Zealand Tagged views picton sunshine sounds Comments (0)

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