The $88 Tree

January 2nd, 2020 was a free day for us, so we stayed in for the morning. After most of the other guests cleared out of the apartments to sightsee, I was able to connect the netbook to the internet for the first time, and put up the New Year’s Eve post. By late morning, we moved out. Had the $15 lunch special at a place called Brazz. Merrianne got the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, while I got the All Day Breakfast.

HPIM6394s.JPG
No drinking on the streets in Queenstown during the New Year season. Not a bad idea.
HPIM6429s.JPG
See that mountain in the background? We wanted to hike to the top of that. There’s a track leading up there that’s a couple km long.
HPIM6422s.JPG
Unfortunately, when we got to the trailhead, some locals told us that there was a downed tree on the track, and it was closed. So we had to take the gondola, at $44 each for a round trip. That tree cost us $88. This picture is looking down towards the city from the gondola.
HPIM6420s.JPG
And the view from the other angle.
HPIM6398s.JPG
From the gondola, we could see the mountain bike trail below.
HPIM6399s.JPG
As well as the walking path that was closed.
HPIM6417s.JPG
At the top of the gondola, there was a gift shop, restaurant, and another chairlift taking people up to ride the roller luges down. The cars were actually not that fast, and sometimes would stall when the slope wasn’t steep enough.
HPIM6403s.JPG
We availed ourselves of the short Skyline Loop Track (=trail) near the top. There was also the Ben Lomond Track, we didn’t have enough time.
HPIM6406s.JPG
The trail was well-marked.
HPIM6410s.JPG
At the top was a paraglider takeoff and landing zone.

HPIM6416s.JPG

HPIM6413s.JPG
This girl was the third of three people who took off while we were up there.

HPIM6425s.JPG
Back down in town, we spent some time hanging out at the lakeshore.
HPIM6426s.JPG
Mee Goreng and Hoisin Duck at Madame Woo’s for dinner.
HPIM6427s.JPG
Back to Night ‘n Day for the next day’s breakfast. These mueseli bars were big and heavy.
(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply