We travelled to Queenstown through the Cardrona Valley, which was a windy and very steep road through mountainous farmland.
Before traveling to New Zealand, I kept seeing photos of a flock of sheep in the middle of the road with cars lined up waiting for them to move out of the way and a caption saying, “New Zealand traffic jam.” On our journey through the Cardrona Valley, this actually happened to us! The little sheepies ran down a hill and jumped out right in front of our car. I herded them with the car for several minutes.
The view of the valley that Queenstown is located in was spectacular. It is currently Fall in New Zealand and the trees are changing their colors. I have to admit that the foliage is not as impressive as in upstate New York because there is less variety of colors, but it is still beautiful none-the-less.
On the way to Queesntown, we made a stop in Arrowtown, which is a historic mining town. The town reminded us a lot of New England, with its charming little buildings. I think that Arrowtown is my favorite town in New Zealand so far!
Queenstown is known as New Zealand’s “Party City,” with its lively nightlife, and the “Adventure Capital of the World,” with the many extreme sport opportunities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, paragliding, and various winter sports. The city did not live down its reputation! It was definitely lively and reminded me a bit of a ski town. I’m a big fan.
During the day we hiked the “Basket of Dreams” walk, which gave you fantastic views of Queenstown. We really enjoyed the quiet pine forest that the hike brings you through.
We were told by other people to stop by Fergburger for dinner, which supposedly had “World Famous Burgers.” While the burgers were really good, I have to admit that it was not the best burger I have ever had. That is one thing that the United States defeats New Zealand on.
When passing through Queenstown again, we stopped at Pedro’s House of Lamb, which is famous for its slow-cooked lamb shoulder. It was so delicious! The juicy meat just fell off of the bone. It is definitely worth stopping at if you ever pass through Queenstown.