Oceania Travel · April 21, 2018

Our Last Stop in Queenstown

After two glorious weeks in New Zealand, it was nearly time to pack our suitcases for one last time and head back to the UK. However, we did have one more stop on our itinerary and that was to beautiful Queenstown- arguably the most adventurous out of all of the places we visited, and definitely somewhere that helped me branch out to my outdoorsy side a little more too!

Seen as a bit of an adrenaline junkie’s paradise, someone like me could be quick to write this off as a holiday destination (they don’t call me Nervous Purvis for nothin’), but I can assure you there’s more to Queenstown than bungee jumping and paragliding (and yup, more than Cooke Time too).

Arriving as the skies were grey and the clouds ready to pour at any minute, we did what any sensible person arriving in Queenstown would do and head to Ferg Burger. A total iconic local institute, these burgers are famous for a good reason. With a menu filled with an endless delicious selection, we placed our order and headed down to Perky’s bring-your-own-food floating bar on the lake- the perfect spot when a restaurant is known for being hard to get a table at and it’s too wet to sit outside.

Fortunately, as we polished off the last of our fries, the sun began to come out and we headed over to the incredible TSS Earnslaw steamboat- our ride for the afternoon, and a pretty heavenly way of soaking up the scenes of beautiful Queenstown. I’d never been on a steamboat before, but it almost felt like being on a pint-sized Titanic. Seeing the coal fires burning below and the engine getting fired up was pretty magical, and cruising across Lake Wakatipu was a truly lovely first introduction to Queenstown too.

The next morning we headed up to the beautiful Onsen Hot Pools. Overlooking the Shotover River canyon, there are few things I’ve experienced quite as tranquil as a morning here. With hot tea and a bar of Whittaker’s chocolate, it feels like you’re miles away from anything when you’re here, and made for the most peaceful way of unwinding after a pretty packed couple of weeks. With a late brunch followed at the uber cool Yonder, this particular day was one of my favourites in New Zealand- and that was before we’d even gone on our afternoon adventure!

With an afternoon planned with a ‘local walk’ on the itinerary, Carrie and I had no idea what to expect from our tour, and couldn’t have been more blown away by the outcome. With a route around Bob’s Cove planned, we stumbled across some of the bluest waters we’d ever seen and some of the most jaw dropping landscapes too. After hiking for a little over an hour, we found ourselves on what felt like the top of a mountain, and finally sat down to take in the views with hot sugary tea, our favourite cookies from Cookie Time and the most brilliant company. It was a steep way down, but it was made all the more worthwhile just to soak in the views (even if I did feel a bit wobbly heading down afterwards)!

Our last day in Queenstown flew by in more ways than one. Although I wasn’t quite brave enough to try a bungee jump, we headed along to cheer on our pals from the trip- and watched as Daniyal and Frankie braved the enormous heights (one day I promise I’ll be brave enough) from the Kawarau Bridge. It couldn’t have been a more apt send off from our time in New Zealand, and although we still had a delicious NZ style brunch on the agenda at Bespoke Kitchen– it was the big ol’ bungee that left a lasting impression from Queenstown.

And, well- that was a wrap! The rest of the day was spent on a final domestic flight to Auckland, before a slap up meal and last minute packing before leaving the next morning. Although we were away for two weeks, it felt like the whole trip flew by and I hope you’ve loved following along here as much as I’ve loved sharing it! It’s certainly on my list to check out more of the beautiful country, but thank you to Tourism New Zealand for the most beautiful first experience, I couldn’t have felt more grateful.

Until next time!



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    April 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I can’t BELIEVE how beautiful New Zealand is, the scenery is stunning and the colour of that water!

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    April 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    That village looks so cool! Now I really want to go to New Zealand, it really looks amazing xxx

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    Courtney Hardy
    April 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    It looks so pretty there. The food also looks amazing!

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    YZ Chan
    April 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The scenery looks so gorgeous! The food looks good too.


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    April 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Always having the best trip photos/ roundups/ tips! Beautiful!


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    April 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    ohmygosh that hot tub!! what a dream! loved all your NZ posts…looked like such a fun trip 🙂

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    April 21, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I really want to visit New Zealand one day too! It’s just wayyy to expensive for a student :/ also the burger look soo good I might get a deliveroo now haha
    have a lovely Sunday xx Lena

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    April 21, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I so wish I could visit, Such beautiful sceneary and that food looks great too haha!


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    Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    April 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This just looks and sounds like the perfect trip! X

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    April 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    The scenery is beautiful! I love lush mountains and blue, pure lakes. Nature is an amazing thing. I’m probably just as adventurous as you so I would have said no thanks to bungee jumping haha. It’s okay to take a step back sometimes – that stuff is definitely not for everyone!

    Julia x
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    April 24, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Thank you Liv for sharing with us these beautiful pictures, New Zealand looks so dreamy with all these vibrant colours <3
    I'm wondering which camera do you usually use on a trip like this? I'm looking to buy a new one and I love the finish of your pictures 🙂
    Thanks a lot! Lots of love from Canada <3

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    Jamie Carter
    April 25, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Liv! I’m a New Zealander and you portrayed our country so beautifully – some of the best photography I have ever seen. I have never been to Queenstown, I am going this winter though and I can’t wait to check out the Onsen pools! Next time, come to Wellington – we are a quirky, funky wee city with great brunch spots and amazing bays. 🙂


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    September 17, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Very inspiring post. Thanks for sharing.

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