Tourists in New Zealand!
Today, we leave the deserted glaziers, and arrive in the most touristy town on the journey: Queenstown.
After the great hikes of the day before yesterday, we had yesterday a day of travel. We left after breakfast in Franz Josef Glacier, and needed about a whole day to get to our new destination: Queenstown. It took us so long, because we had such a spectacular places to stop in (I’ll update the pictures soon). Fox Glacier, Haast Pass, Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and Lake Dunstan where all as beautiful as they could be. We took plenty of time to enjoy the sights on this very sunny day.
So by the end of the afternoon, we made it to Queenstown. This place seems to live by tourists only. The only shops in town are selling food, trips for tourists, gear for hiking and camping or souvenirs.
Our home for yesterday and today is Browns Boutique Hotel. A nice place at three blocks from the beach. We discussed food with our host. When we mentioned him that we had not seen many places where meat was cooked as demanded, he directed us to this French Restaurant with the Italian sounding name Solera. We had a great meal there and went back to the hotel (uphill, after a good bottle of wine…).
This morning, the breakfast conversation was monopolized by a group of Californian people. Normally, I enjoy a funny and enthusiast start of the day, but this was so loud that Vicky and I could not even have a conversation.But the breakfast itself was another nice cooking. (Must have gained a few kilos by now, with all these pancakes and eggs cooked to perfection here)
I had hoped to join one of the tours that visit all these Lord Of The Ring places in and around Queenstown, but there were more fans in town than expected and all were completely booked . Vicky was smarter: she booked her spa before we arrived here. So I went for a lazy morning in town and met Vicky short after noon. I went for a tour on one of these great jetboat-rides, while Vicky was seaking a good place on the beach.
After all these big dinners, we needed something a little calmer and went for the international standard for a quick and cheap meal: Chinese food. And for desert one of the fabulous ice cones at Patagonia. One scoop was more than enough, even if we would have loved to taste all their flavours!
Queenstown, New Zealand, the 24th of January, 2011