Queenstown, Aotearoa / New Zealand – Not All Bungee and Speed Boats

I didn’t talk to the six buddhist women who shared our kitchen at the campsite, I would have loved to know what they thought


Beach view in Queenstown

Queenstown, Aotearoa / New Zealand – Not All Bungee and Speed Boats

Queenstown is the ‘jump off’ point for a huge number of trips, to Milford Sound, to the original bungee bridge, numerous other adventure pursuits. It is a young town for that reason, wine bars, coffee shops and outdoor clothes shops abound. Wanting to make the most of an overnight we headed out and were pleasantly surprised.

The campsite was central so just a short walk into the town. If you don’t do some activity maybe you’d have done the town in a day or two. Yes, there’s teens with beers, there’s also history and art. The monuments to Anzacs and the fallen at the front were old, well looked after and stunning. Take your time to walk around the town, not just hop on a bus elsewhere.

The unique mix of palm tree and deciduous for some reason caught my eye again, and the symbol of the country is well placed here although I luckily managed to get a shot in between the huge number of cyclists swooping down the path.

New Zealand Palm tree

This little chap was our companion at the coffee stop on the front, I love cafes that provide blankets. Something reassuring about a coffee, blanket and conversation even if some companions are less chatty and just want you for your crumbs!

Sparrow on a seat back

I just love this sculpture, so tactile and life like. I don’t know the history of the lady in question, other than the plaque, I appreciate her quiet beauty.

Sculpture at Queenstown beachfront

Queenstown, all in all, excellent. Only slight regret? I didn’t talk to the six buddhist women who shared our kitchen at the campsite, I would have loved to know what they thought, where they were headed and what their stories were, oh and where one of them bought her amazing quilted trousers.


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4 thoughts on “Queenstown, Aotearoa / New Zealand – Not All Bungee and Speed Boats”

  1. I thought Queenstown was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in the world. I had 2 nights there and wished I had longer. I took an amazing boat trip on the lake and I will remember it forever. Did you have coffee in that lovely place right on the lake? They did great blankets!

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