Queenstown is as much about skiing in Winter as it is hiking in Summer or any other time. It is, in fact, the ideal place for a holiday any time of the year.
We have stayed there simply to relax, though with all that scenery, and stuff to do, it’s nearly impossible to stay indoors all the time.
Usually, we stay in a place called Queenstown Mews, not far from the lake, and it gives us the perfect opportunity to walk down to the lake and follow the shoreline around to the town, and have coffee and cake as a fitting reward for the exercise.
Along the way, there is the view of the Remarkables:
And, further around, behind the park and gardens, a spectacular view across the lake towards Walter Peak farm:
To get to the farm you can either drive a very, very long way or take the T.S.S. Earnslaw, otherwise known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’.
This vessel plies Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to mostly Walter Peak Farm but has been known, on occasions, to go to Kingston or Glenorchy.
Here it’s sitting at the pier at Queenstown, ready to depart for Walter Peak Farm.
And this is it returning to Walter Peak Farm to take the visitors back to Queenstown.
We have been to Walter Peak Farm for Afternoon Tea and Dinner, and both occasions were an amazing experience. You can also get up close and to the animals
There are other experiences to be had in Glenorchy. and the views whilst driving there are every bit as spectacular, especially as late afternoon settles in:
And in visiting the Lord Of the Rings filming locations.
Then there is Kingston, where the road follows the lake and you are literally between the mountains and the lake:
Kingston used to have a train running, which then became a tourist attraction, but for the moment does not seem to be running currently.
But for me, the real experiences is travelling on the vessel.
Not bad for 103 years old.