30 Nov Kiwi Krawl Day 8 – Unwinding in Queenstown
Diatance Driven: 26.9
Photos taken: 198
Home for the night: Lakeside Holiday Park – Queenstown
After all the excitement and adventure sports of the past few days in Queenstown we planned a chill out day, to enjoy the softer side of this beautiful part of the country.
We explored the relatively young wine region around Queenstown with the knowledgeable guides of The Queenstown wine trail. We sampled our way around four excellent wineries just outside of the city.
The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being at a similar latitude to other successful Pinot Regions in the world, they have there very own version. The conditions are right for the thin skinned Pont Noir grape as well as several other grapes including Pinot Gris.
The Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and a Rose were available for tasting at all of our stops on the trail. Point Noir being one of my favorite styles, I had a great afternoon learning about what goes into making the red goodness, and what makes it unique.
I enjoyed the Point Noirs, Hannah the Gris, and we both like the CHEESE!
Hang-glidingA day in Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without some kind of adventure, so we strapped Hannah in, and had her run off a cliff with wings!
The flight started in the clouds that were perched on the hillside takeoff point. With a few quick steps Hannah was in the air with the skilled and highly accomplished pilot of SkyTrek. Actually was attached to Ian, who happens to be the 2011 NZ Hang Gliding National Champion…No big deal!
If you can’t get up the courage to jump out of a plane or Bungy Jump then hang-gliding might be your thing. Fly like a bird or superman, high above the hills outside of Queenstown. Hang-gliding was super smooth, yet still fast enough to get your heart going (in a good way)!
Home for the night: Queenstown Lakeside Holiday Park
We made sure to park the campervan in Queenstown before we went wine sampling. Driving a brightly colored camper van on the wrong side of the road, after trying a lot of good Queenstown wine… probably not a good idea!
Can’t wait for what Everything Travel Group has in store for us tomorrow!
Check out the rest of our NZ Route:
- Kiwi Krawl Route
- Kiwi Krawl Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo & Star Gazing
- kiwi Krawl Day 2: The East Coast
- Kiwi Krawl Day 3: Te Anau & Glow Worms!
- Kiwi Krawl Day 4: The Milford Sound
- Kiwi Krawl Day 5: Queenstown
- Kiwi Krawl Day 6: Glenorchy
- Kiwi Krawl Day 7: Queenstown Classics
Friends don’t let friends drink and Campervan!