My first weekend in NZ was already scheduled for the Milford Sound Cruise, Queenstown, a domestic plane ride away from Auckland. My sister lives in Auckland, she took 2 days leave so we can have at least 4 days to roam around. I heard that it is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the world. I am so excited and maybe my sister too, as she will not have gone there yet if not because of me. We were early that Thursday morning, reached Queenstown before lunch. We brought sandwiches so we can eat whenever we feel like it. The Hostel's check-in time is at 1:30 pm so we sat under the big tree at the opposite park and ate our sandwiches. My unacclimatized body feels the cold, but i love the feeling of being so far from the tropics. It is the welcome feeling of being in a foreign country, and i internalized the feeling of being a real tourist.
center of Queenstown and major bus stops
town center taken at the Queenstown Garden on the opposite side of the bay
At the top of the mountain is the other end of the Skyline cable. We also went there on our last day in Queenstown. There are also other sports activities areas on the other side of that mountain top.
Some areas of the garden has tall pine trees, and we climbed this hill to the flower gardens.
I love the color of this tree, with the silvery leaves as if it is really frosted with snow.
At the side of that tree is a big rock where this epitaph for South Pole adventurers was erected, the 5 soldiers who reached the Antarctic in 1912 but all perished on their return voyage.
Can you see my sister among the rhododendron flowers?
The above pine cones fascinate me, as well as the siquoia tree. It is just my first time to see them.
These are very lovely but its name also eluded me.
The plants above have very interesting hard spiny flowers, i don't know what they are. There are labels somewhere but finding it will slow me more, i need to hurry to navigate more grounds. Remember, we only have a half day here.
above and below are some of the individual flowers we saw there
It was my first time to see a lot of peonies, different varieties and colors. Being unfamiliar to me they attracted more of my time. And the hostas, which i included one above in the collage, i also just saw them in temperate country blogs. Oh how i wish we had at least a full day here, i still make a lot of shots.