Queenstown Photo Gallery
Queenstown has quite a scenic setting. The snowstorm from a few days earlier made the mountains look quite white despite the arrival of spring.
Queenstown's main street is very touristy with lots of shops selling the standard tours and adventure experiences. Glad I didn't stay here.
No trip would be complete without visiting Bob's Peak for a view of the town and its surrounding mountains. The gondola station was just a few blocks from the main shopping district through quiet roads and flowering cherry blossom trees. Things looked upbeat until I saw the price tag. 33 bucks for a roundtrip. Yikes.
I was a good sport and continued the climb slowly and steadily. It was a hard hike with running shoes - much worse than Diamond Lake in Wanaka. I thought of giving up but going down would be far more dangerous in muddy conditions. I had to tough it out and end my South Island tour with a bang, or a hospital visit.
Almost an hour later, this exhausted tourist reached Bob's Peak gondola station. Lots of people were enjoying the luge ride, but I was a zombie by now. I slowly made my way into the beautiful gondola station, and revived myself exiting on the other side - welcome to the aerial view.
Arrowtown has a quaint historic "market" street that has now been turned into a tourist attraction selling the typical tourist fare. There was ample street parking, although I later found a proper parking lot at the other end of the retail strip.
At the other end of the street is the Chinese settlement, which had a lot of display panels outlining the history of mining in the area, why the Chinese were here, and the discrimination they faced. There weren't too many intact structures along this stretch anymore, but it was well explained and quite impressive.