A couple more views of Queenstown and then it’s off to Auckland for the last few days of our break.
There’s a few shots taken in an area we found called Elliot Stables – a really great mix of cafes, restaurants, and specialist food and drink shops – all set inside an area that once used to be horse stables. Beautifully set out and memorable because of the quality of food served! We enjoyed the French cafe there a couple of times where we kept coming back to the Bœuf bourguignon – rustic, simple and utterly more-ish.
A little later on, in that stables area, there are a couple of shots of a guitar player called Luke Hurley. He sat and played. I asked if he sang. He does. And how! Beautiful voice.
Some of the other photo’s show the surrounds around Auckland to the north and the west. The beach is Piha and it’s a sought after holiday house (bach??) location. Black sands. Too hot to walk on in Summer apparently. Too cold to build sand castles in Winter too – or at least the day we were there.
The second last shot shows the dawn view from the hotel balcony and then the last photo is the sun setting over Auckland airport, a fitting last scene of beauty for such a gorgeous country – and on that point – I found out, once we got back, that Auckland airport is the best airport in the Australasia area. I don’t know how but I suspect that these things are all voted on by people who travel in business and first. The life of the economy traveller, especially in Australasia and especially at Mascot and Auckland is a seemingly never-ending conspiracy of painfully long queues and quizzical looks from the staff, “if only you’d paid more money…”!
Bring on domestic travel between NZ and Australia and it’ll be great!