30.06.2012 - 01.07.2012 3 °C
Just when you thought cider couldn’t get any girlier, New Zealand found a way! Last night before dinner we found some Berry Cider by a company called Isaacs and had a few of those to warm us up for the freezing walk back into town for dinner (Oh and Zac managed to throw one of his bottle caps from the top bunk, under the table and into a bin that he couldn’t even see! I promised I would put that in here for him ☺ ). We managed to make it to somewhere other than the Pig n Whistle and had a huge meal at Lone Star. I was quite happy to find that they aren’t allowed to throw peanuts on the floor over here like they used to in Australia because I think that would have been fairly dangerous environment for me to be walking into! Our waiters name was Zac and he was very helpful (chose Louise’s whole meal for her as she kept asking what his favourite was) so we tipped him well. After that we had planned to check out the World Bar because heaps of people told us it was very cool, but we were all so wrecked that we bailed and headed back home with promises to go down to the common room and have a few games of 500 before bed. Needless to say we walked into our room, collapsed on our beds and didn’t move again….
Breakfast here finishes at 9:30am on Sundays and unfortunately this morning we only woke up at 9:28. This gave us the excuse to stay in bed for even longer though which was amazing because we were all so sore from all the snowboarding! Louise said she thought there were about 120 muscles in the human body and Zac decided that 300 of his were sore. Every inch of me complained as I dragged myself out of bed and pulling a jumper over my head and reaching down to put boots on was probably worse then waking up after my stomach surgery the other week!! Anyway, after a lot of whining and groaning and Marc’s comment that ‘His doona may as well be a bean bag because it has no structural integrity’ we all managed to make it out the door and head out for a day of shopping and exploring beautiful Queenstown.
I think we must be extremely lucky with the weather we have been having here because every day has been so sunny and even though it’s freezing cold it’s still really pleasant to walk around outside. Our aim for brunch was to find a chocolate place called Patagonia’s that had been recommended to us and we were certainly not disappointed once our meals arrived!! So much chocolate….. Mum I took pictures of the meals and the menu just to make you jealous ☺ After sitting for a while to let the epic amounts of cocoa sink in, we split up and Louise and I did a lot of shopping for people back home and got a few things for ourselves and then the boys took us to this gorgeous park they had found with a frozen pond and little ducks and amazing views across the lake to the mountains. We all took about a million photos each, including some very posed individual shots on a pier looking out on the lake. I had definitely forgotten how beautiful Queenstown is and after today am positive that I will be coming back here in the not too near future to see what it is like in summer and hopefully do some of the hiking trails/rafting trips that are advertised around the place.
At the minute we are back in the cabin, charging our cameras and having another cider before heading up the mountain on the gondola to take some pictures from up there of the sunset over Queenstown. Need to finish here so I can go layer up because I am assuming it’s going to be absolutely freezing up there at night time!!! Tomorrow is another day of snowboarding at whichever mountain has the best snowfall and visibility but I am hoping that our muscles all feel a little better by the morning or it’s going to be a long day! Hi to everyone back home and Dad I loved checking out the pics of your snow holidays!!