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.

Morning glory.

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.

Lake Wakatipu.

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. πŸ™‚

Β‘Hasta luego!

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Dragon tales of Middle Earth: Queenstown


120 thoughts on “Dragon tales of Middle Earth: Queenstown

  1. 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 πŸ™‚ Happy travels, Dragon. Sounds like a jam packed few months ahead. Wishing you take many, many shots πŸ™‚

    • 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. πŸ™‚

      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

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    I shall pin on a permanent smile, just in case. πŸ™‚ 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.

  4. 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. πŸ™‚
    No, you won’t see me, because you gonna have to deal with my troop first. Hehe…
    Hope October will go fast for us. πŸ™‚ Happy travel, Dragon!

    • Thank you very much, Amy. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      You’re too kind – I’ll learn a lot more from the photographer than he will from me. See you soon.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!

  7. Hey Mr Draco .. ah I’m not the only one that takes time posting travels πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜ƒ Hasta luego

  8. 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 πŸ˜‰. Busting to know where you are going .. wherever it is have the best time! Go on, one post while you are away πŸ˜ƒ

  9. 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 πŸ™‚

  10. 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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Sorry for the delayed response. Just back from San Francisco and a prolonged trip. I’m exhausted.

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