Queenstown summer trip highlights

Make sure Queenstown is on your list of places to visit this coming Southern Hemisphere summer.

New Zealand has always been on our list of places to visit and this year we decided to make it a reality.  Without doubt Queenstown was the highlight of our visit.

It sounds like a cliché - “Queenstown – the Jewel in the Crown” - but actually it is.  

We were totally mesmerised on our first day in Queenstown.  Surrounding us were these huge mountains and, at almost every turn, there were views of the Lake Wakatipu.  

The resort township was friendly and welcoming.  Would you believe there is still a place in the world with no traffic lights….it is Queenstown!

Firstly, it was time to settle into our hotel. Browns Boutique Hotel was our base during our visit to Queenstown. We wanted a hotel that was well located within the heart of Queenstown and not part of a big (and sometimes impersonal) chain.  

Hosts Donald and Gillian were truly welcoming and they seemed to have a never ending reservoir of brilliant tips and excellent information. So with help from Donald and Gillian we set forth to explore Queenstown and its surrounds.

A great place to start is the gondola ride to Skyline Skyrides.  This complex sits atop Queenstown, on Bobs Peak.  It helps put everything in perspective. 

We even tried the luge out.  It was heaps of fun and not something for just the youngsters….everyone who is young at heart will have fun.

New Zealand’s reputation for wine is well established and so we couldn’t wait to try out some of the wines from the surrounding Central Otago region.  As we learned the region has staked its claim to some spectacular Pinot Noir wines. 

With only 10 rooms at Browns Boutique Hotel it was great to get to know some of the other guests.  Gillian and Donald’s breakfasts are superb and definitely bolster the energy reserves for sightseeing. 

Today was no exception as we drove south to Manapouri before embarking on our overnight trip to Doubtful Sound. 

The purpose built boat explored remote Doubtful Sound. There were many highlights but waking up on the boat with such peace and tranquility was great for the soul.

We were able to store our luggage at the hotel which meant we didn’t have to take all our gear on this overnight trip.  It was a real bonus.

Our visit to Queenstown in their summer (December – February) was so enjoyable and worthwhile.  You’ve got to make it your reality….soon.  You can't go past Browns Boutique Hotel for their friendliness, intimate setting and great location.

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