Queenstown…..

Queenstown…..

As we were taking Marlene to Queenstown, we also asked Ruth if she would like to come, she said yes as she wants to spend a couple of weeks there.

Checkout at the hostel, like many others is 10am. We packed the bags but decided to relax in the common area until about 12. The owner is very relaxed and was happy for us to be there, he even left the hostel whilst we were there. This is such a laid back homely type of hostel.

Around 12:30 pm we left for Queenstown, we took state road 6 north. It is around 190km away so about a two hour journey. About one hour 15 minutes into our journey we saw the southernmost tip of Lake Wakatipu. The views are amazing, as if we were just viewing a picture.

Packed with a full car!
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Steam train which we saw on the way
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Lake Wakatipu

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Lake Wakatipu

We arrived in Queenstown at 3:30pm, Marlene was meeting her WWOOFing host near the post office, we said our goodbyes and left.

Afterwards, Ruth, Sangeet and I went to the hostel. A BBH hostel:

Butterfli Lodge
62 Thompson Street
Queenstown
New Zealand
www.butterfli.co.nz
info@butterfli.co.nz
T: +64 3 442 63 67

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View from the hotel
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The hostel has a very nice energy, another homely atmosphere, there are no dorms here, the biggest room has four beds. The view from the hostel overlooking Lake Wakatipu are great. The total number of occupants who can stay at any one time is 19. The manager Cindy does a fantastic job of making sure the hostel is smoothly run. At the time of writing this hostel is the number one BBH hostel in Queenstown.

As we were all very hungry we had a wander around the town centre looking for a place to eat, no restaurant stood out (unbelievable, there are no vegetarian restaurants here). We ended up at Fergburger:

Fergburger
42A Shotover Street
Queenstown
New Zealand
T: +64 3 441 1232
www.fergburger.com





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The restaurant is open from 9am until 5am! Staff are knowledgable about the burger and sauce ingredients and can cater for all needs. Sangeet had a tofu burger, I had the falafel burger, with fries and onion rings. After eating a very unhealthy but tasty meal we had a wander around the city centre and along Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is a touristy town, there is a lot going on, so different to Invercargill.

We had ice cream at

Patagonia Chocolates
Lakeside
50 Beach Street
Queenstown
New Zealand.
T: +64 3 442 9066

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Pretty expensive, one scoop of ice cream costs NZ$5.00, they offer fast internet, the internet is only available from 9am until 8pm. The shop closes at 10pm so your best bet for a great coffee. Apparently, even the library here charges to use the internet!

Afterwards we walked back to the hostel, where some people had started watching a DVD…..not sure what it was called. It is very funny but with the majority of the backpackers being German / Chinese, Sangeet and I seemed to be the only ones laughing!

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