Monday, April 16, 2012

Queenstown Revisit Part 1 – Lake Wakatipu

We went to Queenstown in April last year and Bob took several photographs of beautiful and interesting places in the area. This one is the famous Lake Wakatipu.

I had quite a bit of air points that were going to expire so decided to use them for a trip to Queenstown – when I booked the flight the lady at the reservation asked me if I was sure as for that many points I could also fly to Hawaii!

We stayed at The Rees by the lake. It is a very nice and quiet hotel and one of the many good things I like about it is that we did not have to walk through the Reception every time we went into and out of our room but could get access via the multi-level car park that blends in with the building structure. I am quite sure there must be security cameras everywhere but they were very discreet when we were there that none was in our face.

In April, the leaves start to change their colour down south and yellow gold leaves look amazing against blue sky and its reflection on the lake. It is an ideal month to visit Central Otago as it is not too busy and the weather is still warm-ish during the day. Saying that, we had a couple of days of cold snap when but we had been warned so had sufficient woollies with us. 

One good way to explore the area is driving so we hired a car and drove around at leisure. We covered Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Cadrona, Wanaka and Cromwell. Be prepared to pull over if you drive down there as there are so many amazing scenic spots and there are also many parking bays along the route.

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