Day One is here.
Day Two is here.
Queenstown is just beautiful. Quaint, narrow streets end seemingly in all directions in majestic mountains. The smell of cosy wood fires are in the air, and shops are tucked in little nooks all over the place. Our third day was meant to be driving to see Milford Sound, but we decided to cancel at the last minute. The drive is quite long and there aren’t as many stops to break up the trip for the little ones, so we decided to hang out in our hotel room for a bit, enjoy a buffet breakfast and mosey around town to see what it was like. First stop? The playground, of course.
Pigtail Pete was in her element. In fact, she stayed at the playground so long I ended up taking a napping Pepper in the Ergo for a walk around the Queenstown gardens. It was just so pretty.
We had a wander through the streets, Abby enjoying a fruit smoothie and Veggie Dad filling up (and cheating on Fergburger) with a Devil Burger. I snuck into The Remarkables Sweet Shop for a bit of a giggle, and I tried some lemon meringue fudge. Also tried to stop self buying the entire case of said fudge. And I don’t even like fudge.
We had decided to continue our travels over to Wanaka by way of Arrowtown, and tackling the damn freaky Crown Range road again. Arrowtown is a phenomenally gorgeous little time capsule of a place – back when the area was filled with people during the gold rush era, it had been a hub for those seeking their fortune along the banks of the Arrow River. Now it is a historic hotspot and under strict council guidelines for its image – all houses and buildings have to retain the old-world charm of yesteryear. I freaking LOVE IT. I really, really regret not spending more time here.
I mean seriously, that yellow cottage? How cute! There are so many dainty little houses that look just like you warped back into the past. The gorgeous tree-lined streets give the whole place such a dappled light that feels so dreamy. There are some gold-rush era miners cottages (like the very top picture) and one you can even go into and have a look at. It’s so crazy to see things so preserved from that time.
We headed off pretty quickly to Wanaka, but next time I am here, I’m going to stay in Arrowtown and really immerse myself in it. And drive over to Glenorchy for a look around, and even onto some of the ghost towns in the area, only accessible by 4WD over ancient miner’s wagon tracks.
This time I stopped in Cardrona to take some photos of what look like the only three buildings in town! The hotel is actually a working pub, and I’m told quite a good meal is to be had there.
Cute, huh? The girls were asleep, so we didn’t stay long. Long enough for Veggie Dad to get his photo taken with the controversial bra fence though!
Our stop in Wanaka was Puzzling World – I thought it might be a bit old for Abby, but she was happy to run around in it looking at the various things. We took a couple of fun photos with the optical illusions and we spent the better part of half an hour trying to navigate the huge outdoor maze with a kid who loves playing with pebbles and e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y slowly climbing up and down stairs, which is what the maze was full of.
It is also where I took the freakiest photo of all time, quite by accident. Do please look away now if you have coulrophobia!
Ok if you’re still with me, there are a bunch of hologram photos that jump out at you, and sometimes even move depending on where you stand. I wanted to see if that came through in a photograph, so I took this photo of a clown:
And I couldn’t quite see if it had worked or not, so I took it again but must have moved slightly – and I caught the clown mid-change and he went all warped and TERRIFYING.
what. the. actual… ?
I have seen IT enough times to get a little bit freaked out by balloons and green clowns reaching their freaky-ass hands out at you. So I probably shouldn’t look at this late at night! Again, sorry to those of you who are now rocking back and forth in the corner somewhere sucking your thumb.
Here’s a lovely picture of a giant tap. Does this help?
You’re still thinking of the clown, aren’t you?
Here, think about that guy’s pin head and my squinty eye. That should do the trick!
After Puzzling World, we drove back to Queenstown in time to go up the gondola, grab some dinner and head back to the hotel to put the exhausted girls to bed. The gondola of course affords incredible views of the mountains and lakes of the area and we couldn’t quite believe how beautiful it was.
Tomorrow is Day Four, and brings with it the biggest decision I had to make on the whole holiday. I’m still not sure I made the right one!
Day four is here.
*NB this was a self-funded trip.