After a relaxing week in Wanaka, we’ve hit the lively streets of Queenstown – just as beautiful, but a few more people and a cosmopolitan vibe. Trending: arancini, Segway personal transporters, stand up paddle boards, classical instruments and tight ropes.
Mathias, the ‘Piano Man’
Harriet of Angel Divine wears ‘Straight Slip’ by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.
Mon and New from Thailand
Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess
We’re obsessed with Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ which was filmed in and around Queenstown and has been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG awards. So we sought out some of the film locations.
Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.
Avanti. ‘Sunsparkle’ dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.
Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women’s retreat.
Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.
Fountain at dusk
‘Icon’ sculpture by Paul Dibble
Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.
The Den at Dorothy Browns
Dorothy Browns’ posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.
The Arrow River
Pineapple ‘Rhi-Rhi Dungarees’ by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka
Walnut Cottage, near Lake Hayes, is one of our all-time favourite cafés serving Indonesian and Kiwi fare. There, we enjoyed the company of two very handsome and enthusiastic boys, Beau Beau and Jackie.
Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage
Before leaving Central, we headed to Sam Neill’s (yes, the world-renowned actor) ‘Two Paddocks’ Redbank near Clyde – the least pretentious and most beautiful vineyard we’ve ever visited. We didn’t see Sam but were really well looked after by the delightful and informative Jenny Blance (office manager) who even gave us a tour of the property. We enjoyed the numerous artworks (including Ralph Hotere, Laurence Aberhart, Marti Friedlander and Bill Hammond) and meeting some of the adorable farm pets, mostly named after famous actors and actresses. And of course there was the wine!
Two Paddocks Redbank
Wine tasting room
Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room
Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson
Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill’s father and grandfather at Karitane.
Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson
Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.