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This stunning lakeside town in New Zealand’s South Island is the biggest adventure capital in the Southern Hemisphere - and an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. The crisp air, world class alpine views and compact village atmosphere make for a lovely stay - but you are also at the gateway to Lord of the Rings country: the nearby rivers, lakes, mountains and glaciers that all co-starred in the movie. The idea that this is a place where you can slide on, jump off, or hang from anything excites me. What are your limits? You may as well find out amongst gorgeous scenery…
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Queenstown had been on my radar for a long time and I almost had my chance on my 40th birthday nearly 8 years ago. Sheira made a surprise booking at a hotel in the centre of town called Eichardt’s, right on the water. Although the imagery looked postcard-perfect, in the end we caved in and defaulted to our usual first love: a summer destination.

Now, returning
to New Zealand’s North Island on the earlier part of the journey, I was glad to have the opportunity to discover the South as well - and felt I had unfinished business at Eichardt’s. I still loved the look of the old, partially redeveloped sandstone building and its fantastic position.

With famous “Blanket Bay” accommodation less then an hour away on the water at the Humboldt mountain range, I could combine my Queenstown stay with a lodge experience - the perfect South Island experience. A lot of people stop down in both places rather than just breeze through Queenstown en route to the wilderness.

I set myself
a challenge to research and enjoy the combination in 9 days, with sights and activities that most people would enjoy over a two-week itinerary. I love packing a punch when traveling by being time efficient - so I booked helicopters in between these two spots. I also knew a bird’s eye view of the countryside here, famous for being like an emerald green quilt, would be spectacular.

Flying in from Wellington, the rows and rows of jagged mountain peaks that surround Queenstown already had a huge impact. The scenery here unmistakably hits you before you even land!

I am a gentleman
who opens doors for women, so I vividly remember a lady baggage handler at the airport, which made my old-school side feel uncomfortable. I can’t cope with a lady picking up my bags and loading the car while I kick back with the girls - my wife, mother and daughter! So I at least helped her pack the car and then enjoyed the stunning drive into Queenstown, snaking along the gorgeous, sapphire-blue waters off Lake Wakatipu. Even though there is a fairly built up, low-rise town this scenery is so pristine; the lake is even fed by glacier water…

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