New Zealand: Queenstown

It's a long way from New York to Queenstown! After flying from JFK to San Francisco we boarded an overnight flight to Auckland where we then connected to a flight to Queenstown. We finally arrived at Matakauri Lodge for the start of a two-week trip traveling around NZ.

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Hello Queenstown!

and Lake Wakatipu

We arrived at Matakauri Lodge, just a short drive from downtown Queenstown and went for a walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu-a good antidote for jet lag.

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The lodge looks out at three mountains: The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak.

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An afternoon helicopter ride to Milford Sound.

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Flying over the majestic Fiordland National Park.


We landed on a glacier where, yes we hit golf balls. (Environmentally friendly of course)


Then off to a private West Coast Beach.

To collect sea seashells.


There ‘s always a line at FergBurger, Queenstown’s cult hamburger shop, phone in your order and head right to the pick up window.


Breakfast at Matakauri Lodge.

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A stop at historic Arrowtown and then its time for bungee jumping at the Kawarau Bridge.


We survived!


Take the Skyline Gondola up to Bob’s Peak.

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In addition to awesome views there is always luge rides, bungee jumping and hiking trails.

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An awesome afternoon hike around Moke Lake. We looked for Hobbits but didn’t find any.

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Some late afternoon fly fishing to end the day.


Until next time Queenstown!