In the second half of my trip, I joined another friend in Christchurch, and we drove down to Wanaka, stopping over in Lake Tekapo, then over Lindis Pass. After a night’s rest in Wanaka, and some early morning photos, we continued over the Crown Range to Queenstown, where we’d be based for four days.
Luckily my friend brought along a couple mountain bikes, so we enjoyed nice rides along the Queenstown waterfront, then the next day in lovely Arrowtown. We also did many of the obligatory Queenstown activities: taking the Gondola (cable car) and the Luge (downhill carting), shopping for winter clothes, and hitting all the cosy looking bars and cafes. In short – spending many NZ dollars!
Our last day coincided with the Queenstown Winter Festival (coincidentally – or maybe intentionally – on the 4th of July), so we were treated to a spectacular fireworks display. A fitting end to an amazing trip.
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