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.
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.
Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.
Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.
The Arrow River
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.
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!
Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.