Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Queenstown: A Quick Stop and We're OK with That

About a 2 hour drive and we found ourselves in beautiful Queenstown.  Another lake town it was gorgeous and on our drive in saw the perfect example of how Lonely Planet gave it the title the "Adventure Capitol of the World" when we drove right past the AJ Hacket original bungy location located on the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge.

We made our way to the end of the esplanade and parked our RV and were met by our "extreme" sport of choice for the day, Segway Guide, Kevin from Segway on Q.  We got our driving lesson and were off.  The first bit was tricky as we literally maneuvered our way around all the tourists and literally through restaurants in the lakefront tourist area with tables full of wine glasses and people enjoying a lovely meal.  Kevin stopped numerous times and gave us lots of information.  Including...many stories about how the Kiwi people got their nickname overseas, including the one about soldiers using the boot polish with the bird on the can.  For more check out this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi_(people)  We also learned to not offend we should always refer to the fruit...as "kiwi fruit" and not simply "kiwi."  Kevin was great and we went all along the lake and even into the Queentown Gardens, which also includes a disc golf course where we all played a hole and indoor ice skating rink.  Beautiful!

After we safely returned our Segways after our 2-hour tour we returned to our camper and had lunch there.  Then a 5-minute walk into the main town center we enjoyed Patagonia Ice Cream.  Dad had the tradition NZ favorite the Hokey Pokey and the kids amazing flavors in dipped waffle cones and Mom, a Patagonia special flavor white chocolate and macadamia nut.

Queenstown was beautiful, but it was very, very busy and lots of tourists and tourist shops.  So we opted just for the afternoon and then hit the road to Te Anau, which would be our gateway to the Sounds...I mean Fjords....I mean Sounds.  Stay tuned and we will explain.

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