NZ Trip – Wanaka to Queenstown

August 30, 2023
New Zealand

New Zealand

Day 6 (18 May)

The weather God’s were smiling down on us today. The rain stopped! It was still a cloudy day but we actually saw glimpses of blue sky on occasion. This morning we did a lakeside walk past the famous #ThatWanakaTree and Edgewater (a lakeside Hotel) to Waterfall Creek and then back to town. Everywhere we turned was stunningly beautiful. As a nature lover I was very much in my element! Lots of photos were taken! After our walk we went to Trout Restaurant Cafe/Bar for coffee & a savoury scone. Then off we went to ‘New World‘ to buy some frozen meals to zap in our microwave for dinner tonight (too expensive to eat every meal out).

Dinner last night at Speights Alehouse was delicious, and as I said in the last NZ Trip post, it also served as my lunch today (I could only eat half of it so got a doggy bag) once heated up in the microwave.

In the afternoon we did a 2 hr cruise & nature walk to Stevensons Island that was very enjoyable and extremely picturesque! It was a small group of people which was lovely. Stevensons Island is a small 65 hectare island in the Stevensons Arm section of Lake Wānaka. There are two small islets close to the south end of the island. Lake Wānaka is so huge and so beautiful. We were in awe and this cruise showed it off beautifully to us. We swooned over some of the lakeside residences that are worth are pretty penny or two (to say the least).

Dinner tonight was our frozen meals zapped in the microwave from New World and quite delicious too I might add!  

In the gallery of photos below you’ll see a photo of The Hand that Nurtures which was just by where we waited for our cruise. This is a sculpture done by Llew Summers that symbolises notions of nurturing, safety and protection as well as friendship, openness and honesty. It was commissioned by the Aspiring Arts & Culture Trust and unveiled March 10, 2005. 

Day 7 (19 May)

Before we farewelled beautiful Wanaka (very hard to do because it is just gorgeous!) we dropped in at the Wanaka Lavender Farm. It wasn’t flowering season but it was still very beautiful with a variety of farm animals and ‘purple’ themed features around the farm. The sheep they have there are mountain sheep brought in from the Swiss alps but for some reason I didn’t photograph them! They have a lovely shop and tearoom where we tried some tea and shared a nice hot muffin.


Then off we went to Queenstown via Cardrona. Stopped to see the well known ‘BraDrona’ the Cardrona Bra Fence named so to raise money for breast cancer and tens of thousands of dollars have been raised by people leaving donations in the box at the site. The drive through Cardrona and surrounds was high country and cold! There were also lots of beautiful snow capped mountains and fabulous lookouts along the way.

Cardrona, New Zealand

Cardrona, New Zealand

 We eventually reached Queenstown with time on our hands (too early to check in). We found a little cafe to have some lunch and then wandered around checking out Queenstown. Once 2pm came around we checked into our room at the Ramada where we will be staying for 4 nights. I was so excited to be in one spot for 4 whole nights! This will be a base from which we’ll do some day trips! Our room had an incredible view out over Lake Wakatipu and was a beautiful room and bonus was that it had a washer/dryer (very handy!). It was also nice and close to everything, just a short walk downhill to central Queenstown, but of course this meant an uphill walk back to our hotel. We didn’t mind though – it’s all exercise and it was cool enough that it wasn’t a bother. We had a delicious dinner at ‘Pub on Wharf’ and boy it was a popular place, crowded and noisy but such an exciting vibe.

The next NZ trip post will continue on from Day 8 in Queenstown. I absolutely LOVED Queenstown and its surrounds. What a beautiful part of the world. In between NZ Trip posts there will be some more Art Chat posts where I’ll share my travel sketches. 

Ciao for now,

Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics


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  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 August 30, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Words fail me, Min! So many wonderful things you’ve seen and done on your trip. NZ has so much natural beauty and I’m so pleased you are recording your travels. Too often we come home and get caught up in life and forget the wonderful memories we have made. Thanks for sharing and making my day. #wwandpics

    • Reply Min August 30, 2023 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks so much Sue! You always leave such lovely comments. I’ve really wanted to capture this trip so I can look back on it later and remember all the details. I hope it doesn’t get too boring for people as I still have a way to go! It will at least be informative for those planning a trip to the south island of NZ or those that enjoy travelling vicariously. Hope you’re having a great day! xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan August 30, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    New Zealand certainly agreed with you. The expression on your face is serenity and bliss. Not sure I will ever get to that part of the world so living vicariously through your lovely photographs and descriptions of your trip. I subscribe to your blog on Feedly. When I clicked on this post from my Feedly feed, the photos looked very different than they do in the actual post. One of my favorite shots was one with trees framing either side of the photo and rounded bushes or vineyards, maybe? off in the distant. In your post, the photos comes right beside one of sheep. It is something I would love to paint and something I would love to see you paint!!

    • Reply Min August 30, 2023 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Leslie, NZ sure did agree with me and so did getting away from my day to day responsibilities and chores. I guess my face does show that! Nature does that for me – it restores and heals and uplifts me. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the vicarious travel. I know the photo you’re talking about that you like. It was taken at Wanaka Lavender Farm and those are actually rows and rows of lavender in the background (not flowering). I haven’t painted that one but I’ll keep it in my mind for the future! You’re most welcome to paint it or any of the photos any time you’d like to! Have a great week! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 30, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    Really lovely pics. I watched the clip and zoomed in on the pic of the Bras, desperate to read the sign! How funny. Did you donate? They certainly make you look! Ha!
    What a stunning trip you had! #WWandPics

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 10:36 am

      Hi Lydia, thank you! Did you read the sign? lol Yes we donated – threw some loose coins into the box. It was such fun looking at all the different types of bras. Some of them were enormous!!

  • Reply Leanne | August 30, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Fabulous scenery, wonderful food, and so much to see and do in each place you share with us. I can see why you enjoyed New Zealand so much and why you’d like to go back. It’s definitely one of the few places on my bucket list for sometime in the future.

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:00 am

      I hope you get there Leanne. You’d love it. It’s truly beautiful there!

  • Reply Joanne August 31, 2023 at 5:23 am

    These photos are all so beautiful! What a lovely couple of days and I am so glad the weather was nice for you.

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Thanks so much Joanne. We had three weeks of exploring and enjoying. Loved it all!

  • Reply Christie Hawkes August 31, 2023 at 6:01 am

    What a fabulous trip you’ve had, Min. Your nature photos are stunning…and the food looks good too. I hope to make it to Australia and New Zealand in the not-too-distant future.

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:02 am

      Hi Christie, thank you and yes it was a fabulous trip and many more posts to come yet to cover it! lol I hope you get to Australia and New Zealand soon. If you do, hopefully we could do a Brisbane meet up and I’d get to meet you!

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid August 31, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    What an epic adventure. I have such regret that we never visited New Zealand when we lived in Australia. Your photos are stunning and how wonderful that you’ve captured everything on your camera – so many wonderful memories!

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:03 am

      Hi Sammie, it was a wonderful adventure. There was so much we saw and did which is why there’s still plenty of posts to come in order to cover it all. Don’t have regrets. You may well get there next time you’re in this part of the world! xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan September 1, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    What a beautiful post Min, and I can imagine that sharing it has made you relive some of those amazing memories.

    Thank you for sharing your blog post this week at Denyse’s Words and Pics for #WWandPics. I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday if you choose to add a post. Warm wishes and appreciation from Denyse.

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Denyse, yes it’s wonderful to recall our adventures through writing these posts. I’m glad I’ll have them to look back on in the future. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris September 2, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    This was such a fun read Min, as we went to all of these places on our trip to NZ a few years ago and I too loved it all. We stayed in Queenstown at either end of our trip to ride the Otago Rail Trail and fell in love with the area too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it all!

    • Reply Min September 5, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Debbie. Oh the Otago Rail Trail sounds like something to add to my wish list! It’s a beautiful area around Queenstown and definitely somewhere I’d revisit! xo

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