Day 8 – Wanaka to Queenstown

Down to the lake for coffee and a play before heading off.

Driving down to Queenstown -a snow detour

Travelling on through Burke Pass the amount of snow increases and we stop on the side of the road for a quick play.  Snow balls and snow men were the order of the day, for a while at least.  This pretty spot gave us a quick view of Queenstown in the distance.

Arrowtown is a must to visit and you MUST get a Venison Pie from the bakery on the end of the street

A steep but interesting drive through the rest of the Pass before we end up in Arrow Town. This quaint little town has retained a number of its old stone and wooden buildings from the Gold Rush era and the tree lined streets are quite pretty.  There are a range of shops to wander through and we all enjoyed the Lolly Shop for a range of New Zealand sweets as well as many of our favourites.  The local bakery was a huge hit with the Venison pie being something to rave about. With a dash of Tuimato sauce they are devine and well worth a return visit just for the pies.

The Gondala rides were the kids favourite thing to do in Queenstown apart from skiing – it was always faster mummy!!!

Onto Queenstown, only a short drive past Cardrona the snow fields. First impression of Queenstown was how much it had grown in 10 years, we were amazed. First stop was the Gondola and luge rides.  Stunning scenery as you ride the gondola to the top. The luge was a huge hit with the adult as well as the kids, down the luge, up the chairlift was a heap of fun.

The Ledger Family - Smart Escapes Directors and Junior Directors
The Ledger Family – Smart Escapes Directors and Junior Directors

Into town to hire the ski gear for snow skiing the next day.  The ski centre in town is the place to go to organise lessons and ski gear. Book the younger children (under 5) before you get there, limited spaces so need to book early. We found the ski centre answered all our questions and gave suggestions to save money and make the most of the day on the snow.

This house is let out directly by the owner – Leicester Rutledge – phone NZ 0275 316 701

The backyard is the lake and sooo beautiful - Chelsea is here modeling Esprit

Off to our house on the lake, we stayed on Frankton Rd for 3 nights to have a break from the camper and enjoy each others company. The house we stayed in was huge, more than enough space for 4 families. We enjoyed the extra space and the magical veiws of the lake and the Remarkables.  Stunning!!!

The Ledge has a new meaning – be scared … very scared