Visited April 2012
Day 4: Glenorchy & Skyline Queenstown
As we finally settled in our base at Queenstown, my family and I started embarking on various day tours.
Being fans of the movie Trilogy Lord of the Rings, we signed up for a half-day tour with Pure Glenorchy. Picking us up from our accommodation in Queenstown via 4WD, our guide drove us up to Glenorchy, a town north of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Small in size, but big in name, it is the gateway to many stunning natural locations, notably the Routeburn Track (which was named one of the top eleven trails in the world by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine in May 2005), and Paradise.
Once there, we took a quick drive around the town, before moving on into Paradise. Once there, we got to visit the mysterious but alluring forest of Mount Aspiring National Park. While the guide pointed out the film scene venues, we also get to enjoy the tranquillity of Mother Nature, something most city dwellers will enjoy.
Midway through the tour was a picnic at Diamond Lake, where the waters glistens and sparkles under the sunlight, just like how diamonds do. And at the end when the guide brought us back to the hotel, each of us got a photo CD of the places we visited for keepsakes.
The afternoon saw the younger ones heading up to Skyline Queenstown for some adventurous Luge activities. With the clear blue skies and the Remarkables just in front of us, the bird’s eye view of the town was simply breathtaking.
Those looking for some adrenaline kick will be glad to know that you can hop onto a luge for some downhill fun! Knowing that there were two luge tracks, and that we had to take on the beginner’s scenic track first (the staff will insist on it), we decided to take up the ‘Gondola with 3 Luge Rides’ option.
Seriously, once is not enough, or even twice in our case!