Lake Wakatipu, and for a lovely walk we went. located right beside the water's edge when walking around the lakeside, we came across the giant Kiwi statue, ....the Kiwi is New Zealand's national bird.
You may find a few other Kiwi statues on your journey around New Zealand!
Good photo opportunity!
- Hiking and Walking
Alot of businesses in Queenstown have moved to Swedish Rounding for the prices of most things. Essentially, what this means is that rather than stock 1-cent and 5-cent pieces which are small, and hard to keep track of, they will either round up or down based on the amount of an items final total. If your total ends in 0-5, you will be rounded down to .x0 and if it ends in 6-10, you will be round up to the next ten cent increment.
Frankly, I don't think anyone even notices this difference, since you can't buy anything for .10 anyway! Just be aware that it may not actually compute properly if you are pinching pennies!
Statue Errected to Honor Queenstown Founder
A life sized statue of Queenstown Founder William Rees is situated on Steamers Wharf. Rees was a sheep farmer and the first European settler in Queenstown Bay.The statue was erected to honor him as the Founder of Queenstown and for being a humanitarian of fine character.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Jump first, ask questions later.
If you are aged between 18 and 25, I get the feeling that it is a local custom in this place to make sure you jump off the tallest, scariest thing around, where you can get a t-shirt afterwards and a souvenir photo! I'm glad I don't fall into the age group most affected by this strange habit.
In all seriousness though, it does seem to be a prevailing custom amongst tourists here to seek out as many thrilling activities as their wallets will allow and have a go. It's kind of infectious. I did consider doing the paragliding... it looked pretty cruisy and serene actually. Maybe if I go back (and have a little more spending money) I might try it.
- Bungy Jumping
- Adventure Travel
Browse the Saturday Market.
It seems that Saturday is market day (weather permitting I guess) on Queenstown's waterfront. Not being a shopper, I wandered through rather quickly, but there was a range of local crafts on sale. I'm sure this might appeal to some and even if you don't travel to shop, it's worth a look... specially when the weather looks like this!