Adventures in Queenstown
Trip Start Mar 12, 2009
43Trip End Sep 02, 2009
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I spent a full two days and two nights in the town, enjoying touring the lake via steamship and the mountains via a tandem hang glide ride, as well as strolling the streets for a few souvenirs, good food (mussels, seafood, burgers and fish and "chups") and a tour of the Kiwi Bird Center at the base of the city's gondola (and practically across the street from my Holiday Park).
A few more highlights included:
~Being frustrated that I arrived at the holiday park (an essential part of Kiwi travel which are found throughout NZ, and more or less a full-service campground with hook ups for campers, cabins, tent sites and a community kitchen, laundry, showers and TV room) in town 10 minutes after check-in closed, but then discovering an amazing and serene campground on Lake Wakatipu 15 mins up the road where I spent the night (someone up there is looking out for me!)
~Due to its being low season, getting a personal tour of the kiwi (bird) house and educated on the plight of this near extinct bird at the wildlife refuge center (which was created on top of a former rubbish dump) in town..
~Listening to praise and worship songs on the local radio Sunday morning on the shores of Lake Wakatipu
~Taking my first tandem hang gliding flight off a mountain just outside of town - what a tranquil rush! I think I found my new favorite sport!