17th- 19th July 2016
We arrived in Queenstown mid afternoon and checked into Nomads down by Lake Wakatipu. We had the afternoon to relax before meeting everyone at 8…
Kiwi organise a dinner and bar crawl for every bus coming into Queenstown so we all met at Red Rock around 8 to eat before going out. As there was about 30 of us we couldn’t all sit on one table so the photo below is only some of our group. After eating we stayed for a few more drinks before heading to the next bar. Daniel decided he wanted to make a speech which I managed to film so I can show you all when I get home hahaha.
We went to two more bars that night; Loco and World Bar and as the night went on things got messier and messier. We had wifi being swung across the dance floor, people being refused service and being kicked out, teapots that gave you 36 shots and a good old maccies to finish off the night. Along with the night at Lake Mahinapua it was one of my favourite nights out that I’ve had whilst travelling.
We all woke up the next morning feeling very very hungover and with nearly 300 photos on my phone there was no forgetting any of it! About 2 we decided it was time to get out the hostel and actually do somthing – me, Daniel, Nicola, Hendrik and Chloe decided to get the skyline gondola up Bob’s Peak and do The Luge. From the top of Bob’s Peak you can see the Coronet Peak and Remarkables mountain range and also the beautiful Lake Wakatipu.
The Luge is basically where you sit in a cart and ride along the tracks that run down part of the mountain. As we were part of Kiwi Experience we got the gondola and 4 Luge rides for $49. We were all like little kids racing each other down it was so much fun and the scenery was incredible.
That evening our group decided to go to ‘Fergburger’, a gourmet burger restaurant with its only restaurant in the world being in Queenstown! There is nearly always a que at Ferg so we had to wait about 20 minutes to order and then anther 20/30 for it to be cooked. I ordered a ‘Southern Swine – Prime New Zealand beef, American streaky bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, aioli & tomato relish’ and it was worth every second of the wait. Daniel and a few of the boys decided to go for Fergs biggest burger, the ‘Big Al – a double serving of prime New Zealand beef (1/2lb), lashings of bacon,
a whole lotta cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, red onion, relish & a big wad of aioli’ it was massive…
Tuesday we were up early ready to hit the slopes – me, Daniel and Hendrik had booked a days skiing up on Cardrona for $165. We were picked up at 7.50am and had a 2 hour drive to the resort due to a few car crashes on the mountain. We finally got on the slopes around 10.30 and spent the next 6 hours shredding the snow (as Daniel likes to put it). Despite neither of us having skied for about 7 or 8 years it came back to us pretty quickly but we did mostly stick to the greens. We had a real mixture of weather whilst we were up there, one minute it would be as clear as day and not a could in the sky and the next it would be snowing so hard that you could barely see in front of you which made navigating the slopes really hard, however, we still had an amazing day and are already planning a skiing holiday!