Roadtrip to Queenstown and beyond

Looking over QueenstownAfter staying several days on the farm, we realised our time in New Zealand was almost over and there was still so much still to see of South Island. So, we packed up and headed off on a whistle stop road trip, which covered over 1000km – through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Glad we took the trip.

Our plan was to drive from Geraldine, across the mountains via Mt Cook, down to Queenstown. We didn’t really know what to expect, so it would all be new. When we got to Queenstown, it surprised us all. What a lovely place! We booked our Backpackers accommodation the morning before we left, and we could only stay one night as Queenstown’s first ever Marathon was happening and the whole area was booked up! This meant we had to crack on and see as much as we could in just 24 hours. Queenstown is basically what I imagine Whistler in the US to be like: Ski resort in winter and mountain bike heaven in the summer. Downhill MTB hire everywhere, outdoor clothing shops and great bars and activities to keep you busy.

We caught a glimpse of the gondolas (cable car) on the way in, so we figured the kids would prefer that over exploring the shops. What a result! At the top of the mountain is a downhill luge track that was simply amazing. Ruben disappeared straight away and even Rosie got into it and wanted more and more turns.

The following day we found a great cafe for a full English-style breakfast and headed off over to Dunedin.

Errr…. not much to say about Dunedin. Lets just call it a stopover on our way unto Christchurch. April sums it up by saying it was like the ‘Sidwell Street’ of New Zealand. Anybody reading this who knows Sidwell Street well, will now have the correct image in their minds…!

We’re just sat in the departure lounge in Auckland airport about to fly off to Melbourne. Our second flight of the day. Should be good and we can’t wait to explore Australia. Rosie is hungry, still, and I just want to get on the epic A380-800 and tuck into my Steak dinner and get a film on. Free wi-fi about to stop so take care all, catch up next time we’re online. Thank you New Zealand, you’ve been amazing! Aaron

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