Queenstown New Zealand April 2017 (18 photos)
This is part 11 of my New Zealand series of posts.
I thought I’d end my New Zealand 2017 series with some random photos I took in Queenstown.
On the slopes at the northwest border of the town is the Queenstown Skyline/Gondola. I had an hour free one day so I took the quick ride to the top to take some photos.
Queenstown is very limited in its ability to expand by the natural geographic features of this region.
Just a stroll in the park.
Queenstown Harbour, just a 1 minute walk from my hotel. You don’t have to wait long for the mood of the harbour to change.
Boat tracks, leading back up to storage sheds. That’s Deer Park Heights and the Remarkables in the background.
The TSS Earnslaw is a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer plying the waters of Lake Wakatipu.
On my last morning in Queenstown, I had everything packed and was waiting to checkout from the hotel. I went to a cafe. With a half hour until hotel checkout, I saw the rainbow and did a mad dash back to the hotel to get my camera. The rainbow almost ended on the TSS Earnslaw. With the TSS Earnslaw actively moving I didn’t have enough time to run to the right spot to get an exact alignment. As I mentioned, the mood of the harbour changes quickly. Fortunately I didn’t miss my drive to the airport.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of the Queenstown area. I apologise for waiting so long to complete this tour.
On the topic of waiting, there will be potentially a very long wait until my next post. I need to devote some time to completing a few important things before I head off overseas in a couple of weeks. Then as is the usual case when I’m on holidays, I don’t intend to make any posts but as I won’t be returning to Australia until November, maybe this time I’ll drop a quick “postcard” whilst I’m away. Maybe.
I’ll be visiting 4 countries, 5 major cities and several smaller towns this trip. If you think that someone has photographed you on the street in the next few weeks – smile. It might be me. 🙂
120 thoughts on “Dragon tales of Middle Earth: Queenstown”
Oh I loved Queenstown and you’ve just taken me back there. Just gorgeous.
It’s a beautiful place. Too much natural beauty for one town. And so many great bars and restaurants for such a small place.
Yes! I had such good seafood chowder there. And mussels! Yum! I had forgotten about the food 👅
After checking into my hotel I went straight to Patagonia chocolates. 🙂 🙂 🙂
What wonderful pictures! ♥
Thank you very much.
That mad dash to get to camera and take a shot of the rainbow and TSS Earnslaw seems to have paid off. I actually thought it aligned very well – boat moving towards the light 🙂 Happy travels, Dragon. Sounds like a jam packed few months ahead. Wishing you take many, many shots 🙂
My mistake was not carrying my camera with me, even in that last hour or so before leaving. Queenstown is incredibly picturesque. Thanks, but I really wanted that rainbow to land on top of the Earnslaw. 🙂
A busy time indeed. I may need a holiday to recover from my holiday. Not sure how much sleep I’ll get with everything I have planned. LOL
Now, now, Dragon. Maybe on your travels ahead you might want to have the camera with you at all time 🙂 And keep your eyes wide open as much as you can 😀
Indeed, that is the plan. 🙂
Oh, how absolutely gorgeous!
Too much natural beauty for a small town. I loved it there.
What a beautiful place!
Bon voyage and enjoy your holiday.
Absolutely, it is a beautiful location.
Thank you very much.
Beautiful images! I am hoping beyond hope that you take my picture on the street!
Thank you. You never know your luck in a big city – especially if you’re holding a cup of coffee for me. 🙂
Your cup of coffee awaits!
Thank you, Sir!
Gorgeous photos, as usual! I dream about getting to New Zealand one day.
Thank you very much. New Zealand is definitely worth a visit. It’s beautiful place.
Great post. Beautiful pics.
Thank you very much.
enjoy your trip. look forward to hearing from you and seeing many gorgeous photographs upon your return.
Thank you very much, Debbie. I’m hoping for some great photo opportunities.
A fine collection of images, as usual. I’m happy that Queenstown is limited in its ability to expand. 🙂
Thank you, Julie. I agree that not being able to expand retains the character of the town, but visitor numbers increase regardless and traffic congestion increases as well. I was told that in winter, when the mountains become ski fields, casual workers have trouble finding accomodation and the town usually puts a call out to residents to rent out rooms.
Stunning photos, Draco, such clarity and perspective. Thanks for taking us to the top of the mountain, and thank you for these incredible photos. Queenstown, in its isolation, surrounded by the vast waters and towering mountains, looks idyllic. You also do a great job of demonstrating the weather contrasts, and that stormy photo, withy the twist of sunlight in the bottom right corner is a winner. Bon voyage–
Thank you very much, Jet. The range of differing landscapes is incredible enough but the changing weather adds another dimension. I’m glad it wasn’t all sunshine whilst I was there. It’s a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise.
I’m looking forward to this trip. A lot is packed into my itinerary.
Fantastic photos. Queenstown looks beautiful! It sounds like a wonderful trip ahead for you. I’m looking forward to your next set of posts! All the best! 😀
Thank you. I hope to return to Queenstown one day, perhaps in a different season.
I’m looking forward to this trip as well. Anticipation is part of the fun of travel. 🙂
magnificent photos! Imposing nature! the rainbow is the icing on the cake!
Thank you. The rainbow was the last photo I took before leaving New Zealand. So very appropriate. 🙂
You could never get tired of scenery like this, Draco. Water and mountains are my ideal combination. That one with the shaft of light on the trees and the boats is sublime! 🙂 🙂
I shall pin on a permanent smile, just in case. 🙂 Safe travels!
It’s not fair that some people get to enjoy those views every day. I agree, the scenery is magnificent.
Thanks very much, Jo. Looking forward to this trip and what I may encounter. Much appreciated.
Bon voyage. The Earnslaw seems to be heading into the rainbow. I think that alignment is better than you said.
Thank you very much. I think that was a very appropriate final photo and moment from my time in Queenstown.
A great series to end this fabulous Queenstown trip. Thank you for taking time to post before your big trip. I was thinking last weekend that you might be on your trip teaching the guy you travel with about street shot. 🙂
No, you won’t see me, because you gonna have to deal with my troop first. Hehe…
Hope October will go fast for us. 🙂 Happy travel, Dragon!
Thank you very much, Amy. 🙂 I’ve been a bit too busy recently, and now the trip is near, it’s best to stop the blog for a while and complete my preparations. I have a plan to get past your sentinel guards when the time comes. LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂
You’re too kind – I’ll learn a lot more from the photographer than he will from me. See you soon.
Ah, what a delightful mid-day break! Thanks for that. Safe and wonder-filled travels. I’ll look forward to postcards a/o reports upon return. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed this glimpse of Queenstown. I’m already thinking of titles for my future posts from this upcoming trip. 🙂
These photos are gooorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing them.
Have fun on your next adventure!
My pleasure. Thank you very much. I made a comment on your most recent post but it disappeared. Please check your spam box and rescue me. 🙂
It was there! My post asks me to approve them for new blogging friends. Now I’ve approved your comments, next time I think they’ll appear straight away. (At least…that is how I think it works!!)
Thank you. 🙂
Very beautiful landscape.
Absolutely it is.
A lovely final post for this series. Have a nice blogging break. Safe and happy travels to you.
Thank you very much. It’s been fun reminiscing on these photos a few months after the trip ended, instead of right away.
Don’t be gone for too long!
Time always seems to fly. Back soon enough. 🙂
A splendid series of this beautiful country. Have another great trip and enjoy your travels – we are all looking forward to seeing the posts to come.
Thank you very much. Even as I’m about to head off over the equator, I realise I really must go back to New Zealand one day.
That is the feeling I have too. But for me, maybe it is a bit late. I will enjoy your posts instead.
At least for me, New Zealand is 3 hours away. Whereas for you, 3 hours can take you into many European countries. It’s all relative but at least the internet brings us all closer. 🙂
It does – the internet is not totally bad – at least not the way We use it. Happy travels!
Thank you very much. 🙂
Great rainbow shot and awesome landscapes. You’ve captured the wide open space and fresh air of NZ, Draco. Happy travels. If you ever get to Scotland to take photos … man oh man! M.
Thank you very much, Meg. Yes, I must go to Scotland one day. Your photos have shown me why I should.
Look forward to seeing them! M
I loved the contrasts between the weather, classic NZ. Will look forward to seeing where you go next and seeing it through your lens.
Thank you. I was surprised how fast and low the cloud would come in. It made for beautiful photo opportunities
Yeah, although ‘Four Seasons in One Day’ might have been written about Melbourne, it’s very true for NZ. As a kiwi, you learn to be prepared and wear layers!
Good advice for my return to NZ one day.
Great series Lignum, love that rainbow shot!
Thank you very much, Karen. A rainbow on my last day seemed so very appropriate. 🙂
Have a great trip and be careful.
Thank you very much.
It’s an excellent place. An excessive amount of common excellence for one town. Thus numerous awesome bars and eateries for such a little place.
Queenstown has the highest density of bars and restaurants compared to other towns/cities in NZ. You understand the reason perfectly.
Absolutely gorgeous set of images. A story well told. Perfect! 🙂
Thank you very much. 🙂
Thanks for taking me on your journey, it’s truly inspirational. Those sweeping landscapes are calming and magnificent.
My pleasure. Thanks for coming along for the tour, Sally.
Have been wondering where you have been; been missing your beautiful photos. Thanks for the update as to where you will be and you might not be posting…try to keep us updated if you can. All the very best with your travels. Last series is fabulous!!
Thank you very much. I recall you saying you were going to Cambodia again. Have a great time and I look forward to seeing your photos when you return.
Hey Mr Draco .. ah I’m not the only one that takes time posting travels 😉 Wow great shots, love the rainbow. Busting to know where you are going .. but I’ll just hVe to wait. Have the best time .. go on, do a quick post while you are away 😃 Hasta luego
Indeed, we’re both slackers in that regard, Julie. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you very much. Buenos dias.
The landscapes here are breath-taking ~ incredible feel and beauty for this land.
It’s a beautiful and varied landscape packed into a small area. Thanks.
Mr Draco .. I’m having problems with my reader, so sorry if you get this twice. Wonderful images .. just gorgeous. Seems I’m not the only one that is late posting travel 😉. Busting to know where you are going .. wherever it is have the best time! Go on, one post while you are away 😃
Yes, I got the first message. Sometimes the reader and comments section plays up. I don’t know why. Thanks again.
Wonderful shots! Reminds me of my trips to NZ when I was sailing as cadet on a cargo ship trading around New Zealand.
Thank you. So much to explore there.
Amazing landscape and beautiful photos! Have a nice autumn ahead 🙂 Bye. Kamila
Thank you very much. I hope you have some nice travel plans for the autumn.
Beautiful photographs of such magnificent views, Lignum.
What a perfect place to be with a camera.
Thank you so much for sharing these here.
Have a wonderful week!
Thank you very much, Lisa. It’s a beautiful place. Quite hard to take a bad photo there. 🙂 Have a great week ahead.
Safe travels! Thanks for continuing to wet my appetite for New Zealand (and Australia, too)
My pleasure. I hope I’ve you some ideas on what to see and do.
Awesome work! What a beautiful landscape.
Thank you very much. It is a beautiful and varied landscape.
What wonderful photos, Draco! Canvas for stories to be painted on! You have set me dreaming … gears are in motion! Thank you.
Thank you. I hope you are able to see New Zealand for yourself one day.
I hope so too!
I love your capture of the moody harbor with those storm clouds overhead and the light shining off the autumn trees. Have a wonderful time on your upcoming travels.
Thank you very much. It’s been a wonderful month off travelling.
Such a pleasure to virtually travel to this paradisical corner of our planet,dear Draco!
Extraordinary waterscapes and natural beauty all over.I’m glad you managed to capture the rainbow,eventually.Take care,dear friend ~ off to your previous posts to enjoy your complete series 🙂
Thank you very much. It is a beautiful country and I hope you get to see it for yourself one day.
The rainbow couldn’t have been in a more scenic spot:)
Wow, amazing pics. Can’t wait to see more (have fun while you’re away). BTW, ‘just a stroll in the park’ is quite a stroll. An eye opening experience, I would call it.
Thank you very much. It was busy time on holiday. I always schedule too much to do.
You can’t be worse than me. I always need a holiday after my holidays.
WOW! MARVELOUS! I LOVED YOUR PHOTOS.
Much appreciated. Thanks.
A wonderful final round up of Queenstown, LD. I’d love to return sometime – no bungy jumping for me, but I did do those crazy jet boats. The rainbow shot is icing on the cake of your terrific series.
I’d love to return to NZ too, one day. I was tempted but didn’t do the jet boats. Actually, food and photography were the focus of this trip. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Sorry for the delayed response. Just back from San Francisco and a prolonged trip. I’m exhausted.
Can’t wait to see your San Francisco photos,dear Draco!All the best to you,thankful for all your kind visits & comments 🙂
In time, but it wasn’t my main holiday destination.
Oh,I see dear Draco.Anything from you always fascinates me 🙂