A rejuvenating trip – Wanaka & Queenstown

We are so blessed living in New Zealand with the most breathtaking sceneries and fresh air.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF PICTURES.  A picture speaks a thousand words.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF LINKS, leading you to the places of interests.

My favourite places to unwind are the ever popular Queenstown which is a top tourist destination and the quieter Wanaka which shares many of the characteristics that draw millions of tourists to Queenstown each year – the mountains, the lakes and the outdoors, only that it is more relaxed and has a carefree feel.

We (or is it just me) kept wanting to go back to Wanaka for relaxation and its unspoilt beauty and Queenstown for the buffet meal at Stratosfare Restaurant.  Trust me, you will never get tired of these two cities, the most beautiful places in the world.

Our last trip was from 20 to 24 July 2018.  Places we visited in pictures.

Day 1  – Gibbston Valley/Cardrona

We flew in from Auckland and got a rented car from the airport.  On the way to Wanaka, we stopped at the Kawarau Bridge and saw a few people bunjy jumping.

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Visited Chard Farm Vineyard

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and Gibbston Valley Winery.

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We drove through Cardrona, a popular ski area and the Bra Fence awaits leading the way into the Cardrona Distillery.

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Dinner was Erik’s fish and chips takeaway and eating in the cold outdoor overlooking Lake Wanaka.

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Day 2  – Wanaka

I finally climbed Mt Iron and it was in the drizzle too.

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Visited the oldest and most beautiful winery in Wanaka, Rippon Vineyard.

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Didn’t do much after that as this was after all supposedly a relaxing getaway.  The rain did not help much.  Our favourite restaurant in Wanaka is The Big Fig where you get slow food served fast.

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Day 3 – Cromwell/Bannockburn

Leaving Wanaka, we visited the Lavender farm though lavenders were not in season.

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We took a different route to Queenstown and passed through Cromwell to Bannockburn to visit my favourite Mt Difficulty Winery with its famous Roaring Meg and Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir.

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Also dropped by Gate 20 Winery which is a small boutique winery and wine tasting was in the hallway leading to the lounge room of the owner.  There were only two wines for tasting.  The views here were stunning.

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Our next stop was at Goldfields Mining Centre and took a step back in time.  The Goldfields Mining Centre is a special place where visitors can gain an appreciation of the life and working environment of those early miners who struggled against the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions along Central Otago’s famed Kawarau Gorge.

We passed Roaring Meg, a turbulent stream that drives a hydro-electric power station and merges with the Kawarau River, which runs between the towns of Cromwell and Queenstown.

Day 4 & 5 – Queenstown

We usually stay at Novotel Queenstown on most trips but this time, we stayed at the Nugget Point Hotel at just a fraction of the price but with 5-star facilities.  If you have a car, this hotel is highly recommended.  It is like getting a suite room, with a bedroom and a separate lounge without having to pay through your nose.  The spa, sauna and swimming pool were so private (may not be so during peak season) that you feel like staying in a luxury resort.

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It was another rainy night so we took the gondola up the Skyline just for buffet dinner which was a huge feast.  This treat is always our ‘must do’ whenever we visit Queenstown.

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Day 5 – Rain, rain go away …..  The rain didn’t go away so we cancelled our plan to visit Glenorchy and went shopping in Frankton and then relaxed with a glass of wine and cheese platter at Little Blackboard in Queenstown.  More relaxing time at the hotel spa and especially the sauna at that evening.

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Day 6 – Arrowtown

Checked out and visited Arrowtown for brunch.  Enjoyed a beautiful walk (Arrow Anniversary Walk) which was an easy walk along the banks of the Arrow River.

Headed to the airport.  Even the fish and chips at the airport tasted so good.

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Goodbye, see you again!

We love you, ♥♥♥♥ Wanaka & Queenstown.  ♥♥♥♥

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