On New Year’s Eve, we went down to the lobby at a little after 7 and checked out. The driver was already there. He took us to the depot where the tour bus started, which turned out to be right around the corner. We could have walked, had we known.
We finally made it into Queenstown at about 5:30 pm, where we checked into our huge room, then walked down to the lakeshore tourist district. It was kind of like Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. We had dinner at a place called Big Fig, which was very tasty food, served in a small, medium, or large bowl. After buying some breakfast for the next day at Starbuck’s, we happened upon the Night ‘n Day store, which had pies for $2 every Tuesday in December. Couldn’t pass it up. We got a Lamb and Mint, Venison, and Goat Pie. They were good, but the Goat seemed to be chicken – I probably took the wrong one. At midnight, we heard the boom of fireworks, and stood outside our room to watch. We could hear the festivities even from several blocks away. Happy New Year!