Nowadays Queenstown is not the town of the queen but the capital of adventure sports. But it is not necessary to do high adrenaline sports or party in the night to enjoy the town. You can walk around, go up the hills for spectacular views, or even visit Glenorchy and Paradise where there are a couple of The Lord of the Rings film locations.
I was looking forward to Fox Village. Having seen wonderful photos of the area, I was specially interested to see the Fox glacier and the lake Matheson, a mirror lake. But there I learnt that we should not always believe what we see in the postcards… but we can believe in people.
Have you ever played hide-and-seek with a glacier? Of course they cannot move, but that does not mean they cannot hide. They can, and pretty fast. It happened in Franz Josef, in the Southern Alps in New Zealand, South island.
The TranzAlpine is considered one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world, and it was a good introduction to the New Zealand South island: breathtaking scenery, mountains and rivers, incredibly green grass and deep blue water, sheep and cows, and a fast-changing, unpredictable weather.
Jervis Bay, a short 3h drive south of Sydney, offers a unique experience: wonderful beaches which and a great National Park. The best is, however, that it’s very easy to see cute kangaroos!