Hitting the Snow at Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak Coronet Peak

To James, I asked: “What is Coronet Peak to you?” To which he replied: “It’s the closest ski resort to Queenstown. Pretty easy to get to – the drive up is much easier compared to other snowfields. But the snow itself is generally not that great. It’s an acceptable place to ski if you are lazy and don’t want to go further.”

I can agree with half his assessment, but I am no snow sport expert, so I cannot give my honest opinion on the quality of Coronet’s powder or user-friendliness. I can, however, tell you with absolute certainty that the views of the surroundings from up there are quite spectacular on a clear day. Continue reading “Hitting the Snow at Coronet Peak”

Arrowtown – A Former Gold Mining Town with a Rich History

Arrowtown, New Zealand Arrowtown, New Zealand

Situated at the foot of the mountains of Western Otago, on the banks of the sparkling Arrow River, Arrowtown is yet another iconic visitor destination on New Zealand’s South Island. Located only 20 minutes away by car from Queenstown, we ended up paying a quick visit on our second day. With a good smattering of boutique shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, Arrowtown is not quite as desolate as Glenorchy, but it is definitely no Queenstown. Continue reading “Arrowtown – A Former Gold Mining Town with a Rich History”

The Journey to Glenorchy (Or Middle-Earth, if you’ve watched Lord of the Rings)

Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand

Our third day in Queenstown (yes, I’m starting with the third day) was my favourite. James took the car and we headed north towards Glenorchy, a frontier town with a reputation as ridiculously far-reaching as Hollywood. I could hardly believe the immense beauty that surrounded us all throughout our journey and we honestly could not have asked for better weather! Glenorchy itself was only about an hour’s drive away, but we stopped every few minutes to give our cameras a good run in the cold. Continue reading “The Journey to Glenorchy (Or Middle-Earth, if you’ve watched Lord of the Rings)”