my first travel adventure in new zealand is queenstown, a small town at the southern part of the south island. south in the south? that’s almost being at the bottom most part!
i took advantage of the long weekend holiday last march and went on a solo getaway. i didn’t know that there’s a domestic flight going there. what i did was, booked a ticket and rode the bus for 8 hours from christchurch going to queenstown. despite sitting for hours inside the bus, i enjoyed every single minute of it because of the very beautiful scenery along the way. stop overs and bathroom breaks gave me an opportunity to take photos of the new places discovered.
here’s a stop over at lake tekapo. the bright summer sun makes the blue water sparkle along the horizon…
…and here’s lake wanaka, a beautiful lake with lots of ducks bobbing up and down the water.
i stayed at base backpackers hostel accommodation. i did not enjoy my stay here because the place is crowded with young travellers too noisy and drunk disturbing other people in the wee hours of the morning. if you want some peace and relaxation, i don’t recommend this place.
so what is it like enjoying “me” time? well…
- food trip – if i’m not roaming around the streets and taking photos, you can see me eating somewhere else. whether you are feeling hungry or just curious to try on something, eating is the best pastime.
- (window) shopping – i’m not a shopping person so i always end up buying nothing in all of my travels. i sometimes even forget to buy pasalubong and souvenir item for myself. there’s a sunday bazaar near the wharf selling different kinds of souvenirs and a massage booth for tired shoppers who want to relax.
- cruise – i joined a group tour for an hour. it covers the lake and surrounding areas of queenstown. the guide also showed us the mountain where they shoot lord of the rings. a photo with the captain is a bonus. hehehe.
- city tour – walking along the streets of queenstown, exploring every corner of this beautiful paradise.
- feeling the nature – new zealand’s unspoiled nature and beautiful scenery makes every unprofessional photo looks post-card worthy.
- people watching – observing people and what they do makes travelling more interesting 😉
i wish to go back to queenstown on my birthday next month. since the husband is finally coming, at least we can try doing some winter activities together. finally!!!