I’d googled images of Queenstown, New Zealand and had heard people wax lyrical about it. But I was really busy in the days leading up to the trip, and on top of that I’d become a bit citified after a longer than usual confinement in the city, so in route my mind was still somewhat set on the near past and my feelings of anticipation were slow to mobilize. It was perfect. I say this because my experience of the first breath of cooler, crisper mountain air and my first sight of the large, blue expanse of lake with jagged, mostly treeless, snow-tipped peaks rising up from its beyond was that much more surprising and gratifying. The fact that all of this majestic beauty can be viewed from almost every location in Queenstown is really what makes the town and turns having a coffee, an evening meal, or a lakeside stroll there into a special occasion.
If I had realized then that I would be writing a blog post about the trip, I would have photographed it quite differently. However, with the following images, I hope you get a small taste of the Queenstown that I experienced, and maybe even one which inspires you to add it to your list of must-see places if it doesn’t have a place there already.