Sunday, September 2, 2012

Driving to Queenstown

Each of our destinations have been stunning, and so have the drives. Yesterday we ventured from Fox Glacier to Queenstown.

On the drive we stopped whenever a lookout looked appealing, we had to go to the bathroom or were seeking a short hike. The photo above was from our first stop. This stop was solely to use the bathroom (there are public toilets everywhere). We were pleasantly surprised with a beautiful lake as well.

Our second stop was to a waterfall. The short hike was a great way to stretch our legs. This picture above is a great example of the joys of the self timer :)

Our final stop was overlooking the Tasman Sea. This stop really reminded me of Route 1 in California. Especially the part where Jay acts like a fool.

Around lunch time we rolled into Wanaka and grabbed a quick lunch. Wanaka is Queenstown's sister town, only a short (but windy!) drive away.

The lake it is situated on is beautiful and the food was delicious. I got the lunch special of a chicken pie on mashed potatoes and gravy. I can now say that New Zealanders make great meat pies!

Once we arrived in Queenstown we arranged our adventures for the next couple of days. We have a lot planned and a good amount of down time too.

Our first activity was a bar crawl. Queenstown has a few ice bars which Jay and I wanted to visit. Our american friends we met at Fox Glacier told us about this pub crawl where you get free admission to the ice bar. It was a no-brainier, we had to join.

The evening was a lot of fun and it was nice spending time with the group we had met a few days earlier. We went to six different bars, had a free shot at each and the admission to the ice bar made it well worth the $25. The experience also made me realize that I don't mind J├Ąger. This may be a dangerous thing to be learning now.

After sleeping in this morning (aka 9am), we have a lot to explore. First stop is the jet boat!