I would consider myself to be a local here as It’s nearly ten years. I also still consider myself to be tourist as I am still discovering things about the place, I still get confused as to which shops are are on The Mall and Beach Street (you too?) and I love to pretend I’m here on holiday EVERY DAY.
Which leads me to showing you some places you might not know about or have forgotten. “Oh yeah, that place” I hear you holler, I haven’t been there for AGES! Spring is all about the new, the dusting off, the exploring. So whether you live here like lucky lucky me or you’re here for the weekend, be sure you go and check out these little delights.
1. The little house in Arrowtown.
A photographers dream in any light. Black and White, colour, suns streaked, this little beauty is down by the Chinese Village and at the start of all the hiking/ running trail goodness in Arrowtown. Built in 1863 it was a police camp building back then now sits in the sunshine.
2. Zoological Gardens
Zoo-a-whattia? Yes yes they’ve been there YEARS and I always forget about them. Down Roberson Road near Remarkables Park there’s a little Zoological Garden. You can even walk from the Airport! Ponies, rabbits, Kune Kune pigs. Take the kids or go for your first date it’s a hidey-hole of fun.
3. Sculpture at Kelvin Heights
I ran around Kelvin Heights a while ago and nearly scared myself to death as I turned a corner and 3 goats were looking down at me. I gathered myself and realised they were metal and not moving. More and more sculpture popping up on Kelvin Heights trail. A lovely walk/ run around the peninsula with various sculpture dotted around.
4. Big Tree
I drive past this tree every morning (Highview Terrace) and every evening and every bloody time I think “it’s so huge!”. I would love to see how many people can hold hands around it (hmmm maybe a New Years Eve thing). Queenstown has an abundance of absolutely gorgeously large trees and this is just one of them out of the town centre. There’s a bench and a little trail that meanders up behind to Queenstown Hill but I just love sitting here at twilight in the Summer and staring up at it.
5. Slide through
One of my favourite runs in this spectacular place is Sam Summers loop. I have heard about the ‘slide through’ many times but have only just gone down there and sat down this year. Disgraceful to all you lot ‘in the know’. It’s big enough for one to fit through and once you get through a whole new world awaits. I’m not saying anymore. Just go.
There’s so many more things to do this Spring/ Summer. What are you favourites? Where do you like to go? What’s your secret?