Day 16: January 23, 2014
Today we had the option of spending a free day in Queenstown or hiking. I was fighting a sinus infection so decided to skip the hike. It had rained the night before in Queenstown, but in the mountains it snowed leaving them speckled above a certain height, and this is their summer!
Queenstown is beautiful, vibrant, and full of young people. It seemed to be a significant crossroad for New Zealand’s South Island. The town has lots of restaurants, bars, and shops. With it nestled on Lake Wakatipu, there are many water activities and in the winter, snow skiing. I walked around the town most of the day then took a gondola midway up a mountain to catch the sunset. All was working well until clouds started coming in and blocked out the sun during the early stages of sunset. Oh well, the scenery was still beautiful.