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  • Lake Wakatipu

    Queenstown Favorites

    Lake Wakatipu is the South Island’s second largest lake after Lake Te Anau. It is Z-shaped, has a total length of 77 kilometres, and covers 293 square kilometres. It is surrounded by steeply rising mountains. Ice-age glaciers carved it out. The deepest point is 378 metres. The lake has a natural rock dam, lying at Kingston at the southern end of...

  • The Octagon

    Dunedin Favorites

    The Octagon is the central "square" [actually and obviously an octagon] in the centre of the city. It is well laid out with a nice covered walkway alongside the road thru the middle. A variety of people hang out here, from students, to vagrants to diners and tourists. There are a few eateries around the perimeter, cafés and restaurants and...

  • Jetboat Rides

    Queenstown Favorites

    Although a little "touristy", I think most visitors to Queenstown should try out one of their famous Jetboat rides, because it offers its passengers a safe way to enjoy the sights offered by the various rivers in Queenstown, while still getting your adrenalin going. It was especially fun when your guide do a sudden "Hamilton Maneuver" when you...

  • Rugged 'Sierra' type Mountains

    In Central Otago , the natural scenery is very beautiful. you can drove past golden fields of grain ,very green farmland and of course vineyards with grape plants growing in rows. In California we have the Sierra Madre Mountains, 'Madre' is Spanish for Mother and 'Sierra means like a saw blade.The mountains of Central Otago really are jagged like a...

  • The best moment!

    Driving up the Skippers Canyon Road, we were granted the rare privilege of the sighting of a New Zealand peregrine falcon - a KareareaOur guide was so excited - these are very rare birds and seldom bother with carrion, preferring to take their prey on the wing - so to see one this close was most unusual. It gave us the best sighting we could have...

  • Lindis Pass

    just driving through Central Otago, the Maniototo with ever changing landscapes and colours. Autum one of my favorite time, golden Poplars, late evenings..the sky redbrownish...followed by a golden sunset. Lindis Pass definitly one of my favorite road drives

  • Arrowtown, not so far from Queenstown.

    Visit the historic town of Arrowtown. It's not very large and doesn't take too long, although you can while away the time quite easily here!The old town is interesting to walk around, most of the buildings are quite old, from gold mining days.Go shopping, check the Village Green for activity, and be sure to visit the Chinese Village, shown here in...

  • Magical Glenorchy.

    Drive up Lake Wakitipu and arrive at Glenorchy. This place is very special, so beautiful and mystical. Some of the Lord Of The Rings scenes were filmed in this territory, you can see why.No matter what the weather is, this place will totally blow your mind away. Every kind of day, even rainy, is worth the visit.Take a look at more photos on my...

  • The famous Oamaru White Stone.

    The town of Oamaru is unique with all it's buildings made from local White Stone. It's worth a visit here, to see the abundance of these buildings all in a small area, it's not a very big town. The older part of town, naturally, is near the coast. This area has been preserved and is particularly interesting when they re-enact old times. Take a look...

  • Gold strikes created a history here.

    There is so much history in the Otago Region. Although not very old by world standards, for New Zealand you can find some of our oldest structures here. Gold strikes in 1863 saw towns emerge, St Bathans being one. Here you see the old Vulcan Hotel, reputed to have a resident ghost and maybe why it survived the test of time while 12 other hotels in...

  • Statue of man & sheep

    There is an interesting statue of a man & sheep at the Queenstown waterfront are near to the pier of the Jetboats and TSS Earnslaw. Too bad I did not take note of who was the person on the statue, maybe some of you might know and tell me?

  • Autumn colours

    It is the start of autumn when I was in Queenstown, and some of the trees have already started to change colour. One of my fondest memory was seeing the bright red leaves of the trees along the streets of Queenstown, as I have never seen leaves which were so red before.

  • Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

    The 2 most famous rivers near to Queenstown are the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers where a lot of water activities such as jetboating are carried out. There is also a bungee jump off a bridge at the Kawarau River, and this is the first bungee jump in the world.

  • Snow on the mountains

    The mountains surrounding Queenstown are covered with snow during winter and some of these mountains e.g. Mount Coronet have ski facilities during winter. These snow starts to melt and by late spring to summer, all the snow would be gone and the cycle repeats.

  • Lake Wakatipu

    This is a beautiful lake surrounding Queenstown and you can go sailing and admire the beautiful surroundings. Lake Wakatipu is the third largest lake in New Zealand after Lake Taupo and Lake Te Anau. One interesting thing about this lake is that the water level drops a few inches every few hours and then rises back to normal again. Some say this is...

  • Ducks & other birds at the lake

    There are all kinds of birds flying around, and some of them e.g. ducks are swimming in the Lake Wakatipu. There are many ducks near to the pier of the TSS Earnslaw, and you can see people feeding them here.

  • Beautiful scenery for photography

    Queenstown is an ideal place fo nature & landscape photograph. Remember to bring along lots of film and hope for good weather.

  • The big fat cow at Walter Peak Farm

    One of my fondest memories of Queenstown is this big fat cow at the Walter Peak Farm. It was very lazy and did not even move when we tried to feed it. Must be a really lazy cow :)

  • Mountains

    The mountains & scenery of Queenstown are simply beautiful. The best view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains is by taking a gondola cablecar up the mountain next to the town.

  • Central Otago, South Island.

    Deep in Central Otago found a driveway. But check out the front lawn in the foreground! No mowers needed here! Just heather, thyme and rocks. Smells nice though. I'm taking the photo from the front balcony.

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