Queenstown--March 27-30, 2006

Land of Adventure Sports

My next stop was Queenstown which is known as the area to do anything with an adventure. This is the birthplace of bungy jumping and there are at least 4 different places in Queenstown to do this. I don't really have any desire to jump off a platform tied to a rubber band so I spent my time in Queenstown much tamer than most.

Queenstown is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Wakatipu. I took a cable car to the top of the hill with spectacular views of the area.

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The most adventurous I got when in Queenstown was doing the luge. Once at the top of the gondola, you take another ski style lift a little higher on the mountain and ride a luge down one of two different tracks. One is for scenic rides and the other for speed demons like myself.

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Wine Region

New Zealand is also an up and coming wine growing region and they do grow some grapes and produce wines in the Queenstown area. I took an overpriced tour to the wine country (not good to drink and drive myself so I left it up to others). We visited a couple of different wineries an had a nice lunch at one of the wineries. I have visited numerous wineries in my travels over the years but this is the first time I was actually there for harvest time which was a nice change. The grapes were being picked, destemmed and the production of wine was underway.

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Scenery Galore

The area around Queenstown (as is most of NZ) is stunningly beautiful. Fall has fully taken its course and the trees are turning some great colors. It is the first cool weather I have really experienced in my travels and it is nice to see the fall colors for a change (but I have to admit I am looking forward to getting back to a more tropical climate!)

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And more Fall colors

And more views....

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