Postcards From Queenstown

Dear Dunedin,

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.

Queenstown People

Mathias, the 'Piano Man'

Mathias, the ‘Piano Man’

Harriet of Angel Divine wears 'Straight Slip' by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Harriet of Angel Divine wears ‘Straight Slip’ by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Mon and New from Thailand

Mon and New from Thailand

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

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 (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti. 'Sunsparkle' dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Avanti. ‘Sunsparkle’ dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women's retreat.

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

Fountain at dusk

'Icon' sculpture by Paul Dibble

‘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

The Den at Dorothy Browns

Dorothy Browns' posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

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

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.

Walnut Cottage

Walnut Cottage

Jackie

Jackie

Beau Beau

Beau Beau

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

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

Two Paddocks Redbank

Wine tasting room

Wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill's father and grandfather at Karitane.

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

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

2 thoughts on “Postcards From Queenstown

  1. Catherine says:

    What a fun road trip- so lucky to have the photographic record.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s