Well, it had to happen and today was the day. Snow! Yes, I awoke to beautiful snow showers sprinkling across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. The whole of the town took on this magical glow. I live in a tropical climate so experiencing snow for me is special.
After a huge breakfast I headed out to Arrowtown, about 20 minutes away from Queenstown. Here I found early settler houses and a main street filled with incredible character. There’s the old Chinese settlement from the gold rush days, with huts so small you WOULD hit a cat if you did swing it! Goodness knows how they survived in those tiny huts during the snow of winter. They made for some great photos in the snow.
In the evening I went to Queenstown’s botanical gardens and got some terrific shots around a water fountain that changed colour.
I love Queenstown so much. There’s something about it I connect with so well. Maybe it’s the mixture of adventure and beautiful scenery? All I know is I feel like I’m home when here.
I think it’s time for a delicious Patagonia’s hot chocolate. See you all tomorrow 🙂
Another long day of driving 6 hours to and from Milford Sound from Queenstown, but it is SO worth it! Picture perfect day for weather once again and mother nature turned it on for me as I drove into Te Anau, the entry towards Milford Sound.
I got shots of ice caked rocks with rushing water coming down rivers. Early morning mist on long sweeping plains, waterfalls, plants frozen solid, panoramas of misty snow capped mountains. For the first time I witnessed an avalanche at Homer Tunnel. It was scary and exhilarating all at the same time. Needless to say I didn’t stick around long after that and continued on to Milford pronto.
Milford Sound is so beautiful, a natural fiord carved by an ancient glacier. It’s filled with wildlife, tall snow capped mountains and crystal clear blue water. I am so happy with the shots I got and can’t wait to get home and see them on my large computer screen. While travelling out of the sound I had my GoPro mounted on the front of the Milford Sovereign ship I was travelling on. Got some interesting shots with it.
Well, tomorrow I think I’ll take a break and cruise for while. See where the wind takes me. To be honest you can point you camera anywhere here in and around Queenstown and you’re pretty much guaranteed a great shot 🙂