The day after Andy landed in Auckland, we boarded a plane to Queenstown. We thought Queenstown would be a fun place to spend New Year’s but we couldn’t find a room New Year’s, so we decided to go there for Christmas instead. Queenstown is known for extreme adventures, such as bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, white water rafting, and much more. Even though I did go skydiving once in college, and loved it, neither of us have any desire to do any of these crazy activities. We wanted to see the scenery Queenstown is also famous for, spend a fun Christmas together, and our Milford Sound trip started there.

We spent our first day, Christmas Eve, admiring Queenstown’s landscape from above where it looks like the mountains go on forever. This one was taken from above the town when our airport shuttle driver decided to pull over so we could all admire the view.

We took the gondola up to Bob’s Peak (yes, it’s really called that) for a different view of Queenstown from above. This one is from while we were still in the gondola.

Even though we didn’t participate, we still got a close up view of others experiencing some extreme sports.

Andy and I wandered around up top for a few minutes and got some great pictures before the skies opened up and it started pouring.

We spent a long time strolling through the gift shop avoiding the rain. These are just a few of the hilarious items they had for sale.

We tried to wait out the rain, but eventually we gave up and took the gondola back down to the town. Even in the rain, Queenstown was a gorgeous town of mountains.

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10 comments on “Pictures of Queenstown From Above

  1. Andi

    Nipple warmers??? Hahahaha! In all seriousness though, the place is GORGEOUS!

    1. Ali Post author

      There were other weird things too. It was such a gorgeous town!

  2. Margyle

    The pictures make me really want to go back… I didn’t spend much time in Queenstown because it was ski season and the place is… well… nuts. That being said, I did go skydiving, but at Lake Wanaka… when it was -10C lol.

    1. Ali Post author

      Wow I don’t think I could handle that cold air rushing at me skydiving in that temperature!

  3. Jaime

    HOLY SHIT… amazing!!! Seriously these pictures are beautiful. Awww you are really making me want to not only just get a one year working visa in Australia, but also in New Zealand. Awww I so wanna go bad… I don’t know when I will make it down there, but I will one day.

    1. Ali Post author

      Thank you Jaime! You should totally do a year in Australia and a year in New Zealand! Both great countries!

  4. Erik

    Oooooo…. Must go up that peak when I’m there in a little less than a month….

    1. Ali Post author

      I’m so excited for you, Erik! The cable car up the mountain gave us some really great views, I think you’ll like it.

  5. Tanya C

    OMG, I’m dying to head to Australia/New Zealand. I’m actually considering going for my honeymoon but it’s so far away and $$$. So jealous!

    1. Ali Post author

      They’re both great countries, I hope you make it there soon!

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