Queenstown is breathtakingly beautiful. I have visited twice and think it is truly magical. The obsession with the natural landscape begins the minute you step out of the plane. Even the airport has stunning vistas of the Remarkables. Queenstown is very tourist friendly, so I hopped on a bus which took me directly into town. The buses are clean, with plenty of space for luggage, and run regularly in and around town. I personally think that it is the best way to get around town, and inexpensively- a seven day bus pass costs $47pp for unlimited travel.
Having visited Queenstown previously, my agenda for this trip included:
- Go to the movies to see the second instalment of the Hobbit!
- Spend time in Arrowtown– read about it here.
- Walk around as much as possible to prepare for my Routeburn Track hike
- Have a day spa experience (my family had given me money for my birthday)
- Indulge in a hot pool with a view experience. (My gift to myself on the day I returned from my hike).I chose a one hour bath with an aromatherapy burner and scented oil of my choice and soft drink.
- Wine tasting tour of Central Otago- read about it here.
- Visit the galleries– the Ivan Clark Gallery with its bronze sculptures was one of the best.
Things I had previously done with my family included:
- White water rafting on the Shotover river
- Chartered a light aircraft and flown over Milford Sound followed by a cruise
- Visited wineries and tried Ice Wine!
- Went on the Skyline Gondola from the top of town.
Because I was travelling solo, and had spent most of my money on the hike, I decided to stay in private accommodation at the YHA backpackers. When I arrived I stayed at the YHA Central (pre-booked). This was fantastic because the toilet and shower were in the room. The downside, being right in town was the noise from the clubs nearby. On my return from Routeburn I had pre-booked a private room at the YHA Lakefront. This was a much bigger YHA with more facilities, however, I had to share a communal bathroom.
My first walk was around the beautiful Queenstown Park. Being a fan of roses, I was in heaven.
My view from the hot bath…
There is simply so much to do in Queenstown, you’ll be back many times!