Monday, September 17, 2018

Queenstown, New Zealand Recap - June 2017 - Part 2

Like I mentioned in part 1, I don't really like to split up travel posts if I can help it, but we took a lot of photos in Queenstown that I wanted to share (mainly so I could look back on them!) so it needed to be done.

The last post covered Queenstown and Milford Sound. This post I'll share what LOTR related things we did in Queenstown (because o' course!) and some other stuff we did before we headed home to Australia.

Our next day in Queenstown, we did a LOTR scenic tour. It was fun as a LOTR fan for obvious reasons, but even if you're not a fan, I recommend because the scenery was gorgeous! It was also really small, there was only one other couple and they actually flaked on going on a lot of the walks, which.. whatever. The guy was SO nice and they fed us lunch and gave us coffee/tea.

I will spare you most of the comparison pictures, if you are a fan of the movies, you may recognise a few areas, but if not hopefully you just like the scenery.

taters precious

After the LOTR tour ended, we went to lunch at an irish pub, which was fantastic. Then we just wandered around and I continued to take a million photos because I couldn't get over the beauty. Oh, and there was ice cream.

And possibly my favourite part of Queenstown...

Only kind of kidding. I think we went there every day though.

On our last day in Queenstown we had planned a mix of fun and relaxing. You may or may not have heard that Queenstown is the adrenaline capital of the world. I would not be opposed to jumping out of a plane, probably would have enjoyed it more 10 years ago, but KC was 100% against it. Plus it was super expensive. There are tons of other options of course, but in the end we decided on white water rafting, tame in comparison but fun. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to not enough people and they didn't give me enough notice to join another one. Womp womp. So we just wandered around some before before heading over to our second activity of the day, Onsen hot pools.

The hot pools were super relaxing and we really enjoyed them. The views are great and we were overlooking where the shotover jet runs. Should have done that instead of white water rafting, oh well.

Then we went to this place, where you can try a bunch of different wines, KC's idea. This is the trip I got back into wine, like for real and not just drinking it while trying not to make a face. We had a lot of good wines that don't have that awful kick at the end, which I didn't know was possible. Everyone's tastes are different of course, but it opened my eyes like oh you can actually enjoy wine. I also got hooked on cider this trip, but not until Australia.

Then it was goodbye New Zealand, hello Australia.

Any LOTR fans out there? Or have you ever done a tour like that, centered around a book/movie? I remember my first trip to England, I went on one of those hop on hop off buses, I think, and we saw the door that was used for the apartment in Bridget Jones. I think that stuff is super neat, but LOTR is probably the only thing I'd specifically go on a tour for.. Okay, Harry Potter too. Maybe Miss Fishers? I'd totally go on a Jane Austen tour.. You?

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