The mid-semester break has rolled around already in Dunedin and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Queenstown.
Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, nestled amongst some of the smaller peaks in the Southern Alps. It is a beautiful and picturesque town well known for being the ‘adventure capital’ of the world. As someone who tends to avoid anything that makes my stomach do flips riding the chairlift up the mountain when we went skiing was enough adventure and adrenaline for me!
But as well as classic bungee jumping or running off the side of the mountains for parachuting there are plenty of other things that I got up to when I visited with my flatmates last week and I’m going to share a few of my favourites
1. Ice Bar
Exactly what it says on the tin. Everything inside is made of ice, even the glasses. And of course it was very cold in there! The warm coats were definitely appreciated but my feet have not been so cold in a long time.
Fergburgers are well known for being some of the best in New Zealand. They are in fact so tasty that people queue for more than half an hour just to try one. Top tip to sneakily avoid the queue: order over the phone before you get there! Eating burgers in the sun on the lake sure was a perfect lunch before our road trip back to Dunedin.
It also filled the avocado and falafel shaped holes in my heart that have been growing since I left the UK. Although avocados are grown in New Zealand it is surprisingly more challenging to fit them into your student budget than back in Durham. Any imported produce is super expensive in New Zealand and it is not quite the season yet for home grown ones. And any moment that I am without falafel is a struggle.
I had never heard of this before I got to Queenstown. For those of you in the same position think real life Mario Kart down a hill. You basically ride a small go-kart down the track and push the handle forward to go or backwards to stop. This was so much fun and I squealed like a child the whole way down!
We caught an early 7:30am bus up to the Cardrona ski fields having hired our gear the night before. I haven’t skied since I was 13 and that was my first time so I am far from an expert. All photo credits go to Tania who can snowboard and take photos at the same time, I don’t understand how she does it – superwoman!
After spending the first part of the morning on the magic carpet conveyor belt and the beginners slope we progressed to riding the Chondolla (a chairlift-gondola hybrid, not what the word first brings to mind!). I almost managed a full day without falling down but bailed on the last run of the day. Getting up is a lot harder than you’d think!
I probably will say this every time that I blog but I cannot quite believe how fast this year is going, I’ve already finished the first half of semester. We’re only 6 weeks away from exams and then the summer holidays begin so I need to get planning (and saving)! If any of you wonderful readers are ever in New Zealand I would 100% recommend Queenstown. Its on my ever-growing list of places that I want to head to over summer – and not only for more Fergburgers!