We have been staying in Queenstown, The Adventure Capital Of The World, for 4 days 3 nights during our self-drive trip in South Island of New Zealand in Winter 2011. Since on the first day we reached Queenstown all the way from < Fox Glacier ( Click Here ) > and had spent an hours in a "Must See" attraction on your NZ itinerary,< Puzzling World Of Wanaka ( Click Here ) >, which caused us reached Queenstown in late evening. Therefore we were merely able to stroll around by foot to find something to eat ( It was a great yummylicious dinner indeed ), as a matter of fact, Queenstown is overwhelmed by nightlifes in addition to adventure activities, such as restaurants, cafes, convenient shops, pubs and many others which have prolong their business hours compares to other regions in South Island of NZ. And on the very next day, after taken our breakfast we've got to start our journey to < Milford Sound ( Click Here ) > the most famous destination a.k.a "The Eighth Wonder Of The World", that was gonna spent you at least a day or two. Hence we merely able to explore the vicinity region in Queenstown on the third day. Early morning after taking breakfast in our hotel ( Click Here ), we went to one of the must visit scenic spots within the vicinity, < Arrowtown ( Click Here ) >. Following by another attraction in Queenstown < Skyline Queenstown ( Click Here ) > after a couple of hours strolling in Arrowtown, which, offers an abundance of entertainments & adventures satisfactory for you and your family. On the very then, we eventually enjoyed our relaxed stroll down to the street as well as chill out by the Marine Parade and Queenstown Mall.
We were right after got down from < Skyline Queenstown ( Click Here ) >. We had parked our car back in our hotel before strolling down the street, as a matter of fact Queenstown city is a little place and it's so easy to walk around by foot despite a kinda inclined path to walk by at certain route ( especially upslope on the return way to hotel ).
We reached after approximately 10-15 minutes walk....
" The Hottest Show On Show " banner hung overhead across the main road..Was there any Wintergames?
It so happened that a special event was held by the riverside/ bridge side. Despite freezing cold weather, many courageous men were taking part in the game with their shoes off and jumped into the freaking cold water with bare feet...applause for them. ^^
This guy was so kinda charming and eye-catching..lol~
In spite of major business district which have plentiful of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes....the street didn't seem to be too bustling, everyone here was in pretty idle mood as well as traffic.
< Queenstown Mall >, where you may grab an enormous amount of souvenir shops and handful of cafes, pubs as well as convenient stores.
Any direction of the road you choose would eventually head towards the water ( Marine Parade ).
< William Gilbert Rees > - The Founder of Queenstown, as well as the first European settler and the community's founding father, who, with his wife Frances settled near this point in 1861 with built the first buildings by the lake and established the first farm in Queenstown area in 1860, and played a key role in the gold rush that followed soon after. When gold was discovered in 1862, Rees was paid compensation of 10,000 pounds for the part of his farm that included Queenstown and he moved to Kawarau Falls.
Instead of viewing the best overview of the awe-inspiring mountain scenery and Lake Wakatipu from the top of Bob's Peak ( Click Here ) , which, reached by the Skyline Gondola ( Click Here), you may yet obtain a distinctive perspective of breathtaking view of Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables mountain range from Marine Parade.
Lovely seagulls are easily to be spotted in the region.
Picturesque Marine Parade with enormous number of boats moored up and seagulls fly hither and thither.
We love the atmosphere to be idling around Marine Parade of Queenstown.
You may buy some bird foods to feed those lovely birds. ^^
Aren't they lovely?
I wasn't sure if this birds were Mandarin Ducks?
Everyone can be comfortably and deeply immersed in such peacefully splendid vista before our eyes...
A giant swing~
Wow! A giant anchor..I don't think my honey can lift it up..haha..
It's nothing better than wandering and chilling out by the water in this ranked highly Marine Parade, which, all roads eventually head towards the water.
There has a widely choice of tempting cafes and restaurants along the Marine Parade offers refreshing beverages and savory foods, in the meanwhile you may enjoy an unobstructed beautiful vista as well.
There has a couple of casinos within the region, but sorry, we have no time for this :P
An enormous Kiwi~ I would have ran away if it was real...in fact this is not the actual size of a regular Kiwi.
Embrace the fascinating Queenstown....
How I wish I could stay forever in South Island of New Zealand...
Every nook in NZ seems to be fabulous for photography.....You don't have to be a professional photographer to capture a gorgeous shot. :-)
Time permitting, you may cruise on the iconic Queenstown < Vintage Steamship TSS Earnslaw > which was behind me in the photo.
< Minus 5' Ice Bar > is the coolest experience taking you on a frozen adventure. We didn't enter the bar since I take none of alcohol beverage.
In < Minus 5' Ice Bar >, you can be absorbed into a world crafted purely of ice. Walls, furnitures even the glass that you enjoy one of the cocktails from is made of crystal clear ice. Jackets, gloves and warm footwear is provided as part of the experience for you to step into the winter wonderland...Despite fascinating to us ( especially my honey ), yet we casted it aside since I can't take alcohol...too bad :-(
New Zealand < Moa >.
The Moa is truly tall~
I've found a shop named "Moa" either~
The major shopping avenue & dining street in town centre of Queenstown. Take some free time to stroll down the region for exploring more which might amaze you. ^^
Looking for something to eat...
Mmmm...Found a food stall from a retail store, the roasted chicken seemed so tempting for the hunger man as us..hehe..
Oh my God!!! The portion is huge...Fortunately we had merely ordered one set of it.
We were sharing the huge-portion dinner...
There are a handful of convenience food stores in the town centre, most open until midnight and beyond. Apart from that, most of the stores in Queenstown are open until 8 or 9pm, 7 days a week.
After dinner, we went to one of the food stores to grab some authentic snacks, in order to replenish our empty luggage to be carried back home as well as satisfy our belly before sleep while watching TV in hotel room :-)
The night fall in Queenstown...Even fascinating, somewhat quiet with lesser traffic and passer-bys, yet some of the night hideout and party atmosphere has begun somewhere in town. :-)