This first post about our recent trip to NZ starts off with the flight into Queenstown Airport that’s overlooked by the Remarkables. It’s certainly the most naturally beautiful airport that I know but perhaps not the most dramatic entrance to an airpstrip despite the drop through the clouds, through the pristine snow covered ranges, below the snow-line, skimming across utterly clear streams and river courses – this fills you with awe. I think the old Hong Kong airport was dramatic as the wing-tips seemed to scoop up washing lines and too many intriguing glances made at 300kph in through dining rooms and kitchens in multi-storey apartments…
Queenstown is purely beautiful. It’s what we kept saying. Eventually our eldest, Miss Four said, “Stop saying that all the time”!!
It’s a landscape that is too big, too vast, too impressive, too clean, too quiet, too wild, too constant, too ever-changing to ever be able to do it justice in just a few days. A lifetime would be great. These photo’s won’t do it justice either. Of course we weren’t there for work – this was a holiday after all but it’s a challenge I’d like to take up, to be able to capture this place in its extremes of light and contrasts and immeasurable wonder.
We’ve come back and slowly started pouring over the Lord of the Rings trilogy aka The-12-hour-ad-for-NZ. Didn’t they get the landscape so right in that!
So here’s a first up look at some of our visit to Queenstown.