Day 198: Queenstown, New Zealand

We visited Queenstown after leaving Milford Sound.  It was another must see destination and quite honestly, we could have spent three or more days here, just exploring all of the shops, restaurants, and surrounding activities.

Here’s the beginning of our journey to Queenstown.

Departing beautiful Milford Sound

It started with dramatic snow capped mountains and gushing waterfalls, then transitioned to soft blue mountain backdrops with purple, yellow, and pink flowers and green blue lakes.

Driving from Milford Sound to Queenstown

Driving from Milford Sound to Queenstown

Next, we crossed over a flowing, bright blue river as we entered Queenstown.  It was quite a lovely welcome.

The river we crossed as we entered Queenstown

The river we crossed as we entered Queenstown

Queenstown is a lot larger than we anticipated and their lakefront area is wonderful.  There are many different activities, restaurants, and shops in the area.  We found an amazing ice cream/gelato/chocolate store with fantastic water views called Patagonia.  The first time we walked by it, we just assumed it was a clothing or travel store, but thankfully we didn’t make that same mistake again!

The shoreline of Queenstown

The shoreline of Queenstown

Here are a few views from shore.

Shoreline in Queenstown

Shoreline in Queenstown

Queenstown is a great town to explore on foot.  We liked it so much, we spent two full days exploring, one before Milford Sound and the second after we returned.

Quaint Queenstown

Quaint Queenstown

And of course, we love our food.  We stumbled upon this awesome diner that served what I must say are the BEST pancakes I’ve ever had.  Honestly, they were so good.  We asked if they could share their secret and while they seemed open to the idea, their response of “extra Vanilla” did not seem to cut it.  So I guess we’ll always wonder what that secret ingredient was.  Wow!

Arnold's Diner

Arnold’s Diner

Quick Campervan Tip:  Definitely skip the holiday camp parks here.  They seemed cramped, crowded, and dirty.  If you want to freedom camp here, there is a great spot just outside of town, maybe an eight minute drive.  It’s almost hidden underneath the bridge you cross entering the town, and sits along a lovely stretch of river overflowing with flowers.  There’s even a great stretch of green lawn where you can run, play, or toss a football, which is what we did.  Awesome spot and almost unknown, as there were only a few other campers there.  Perfect and free!  You may want to refer to “Campermate” for more specific directions.

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