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A few words about this beautiful place. Queenstown.

March 20, 2013
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When Pad and I first started talking about New Zealand – we were also talking about moving to New York. New York is my ultimate destination – the city I’m probably most in love with – and Queenstown was Pad’s equivalent of that.

Moving to New York seemed a stretch for us at the time (all I need to say is Green Cards and you’ll get the picture) but New Zealand seemed much more in reach – so that’s the destination where our plans settled.

And I’m so glad they did. 

Queenstown has completely won me over, and I didn’t think I’d be this sad leaving it behind. 

Queenstown is this phenomenally beautiful (devastatingly so – someone tweeted me yesterday) town.

It has these incredible sweeping vistas that surprise you at every corner you turn. I’ve never woken up and not been amazed at our view. There has never been a day when I haven’t been stopped or taken aback by it’s beauty, even on foggy days when all I can see is whiteness – I can feel the mountain air on my face and that’s enough. When somewhere is this overwhelming it demands your attention and you give it willingly, in whatever way you can.

I love the way the clouds cling to mountains and cut off the pinnacles on stormy days, tricking you into thinking there are no mountains there at all. I love it when the sun is so bright you have to shade your eyes and the sunset casts such long deep shows on even the smallest pebbles. I love the colour of the lake and how it’s the bluest water and cleanest water I’ve ever seen. I love it in the distance on windy days, when it looks like dolphins are jumping from the waves. I loved the snow and waking up to a white mountain top, that was green and brown only hours before. And falling asleep on the balcony with thunder and lightening happening right around me.

I cannot count the times when Pad has caught me just staring out of our living room windows. Sometimes if a TV show is boring – I’ll just stare out of the window instead – because the view is forever changing and much more interesting. There is a spot on the window with my hand prints where I just stand and look. No where has ever quietened me like Queenstown before.

Queenstown has this purity about it, and there is this peacefulness and beauty that swallows you up just being here. 

But saying that – the adventure and adrenaline that Queenstown serves up is something special too. Whilst it’s views and landscapes may stun you into silences – it doesn’t require you stay that way. Scream, and do it loudly. You’ll have no other option as you throw yourself from a plane, or down a zipline, or across a canyon. You’re spoilt for choice here and everyone knows it. There is no other place in the world that so magnificently caters to everyone.

Hopefully a few of these photos and this video can do it justice….

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  • harriet

    ELLIE these photos and your video are just incredible.

    You must have had the time of your life.

    Can’t believe how beautiful it is.

    Hope you are both well, sure the next chapter of your trip will be just as exciting as the first!! xxxx

    • Elle-Rose

      Thanks Hazz! We definitely have, can’t wait for the next bit of the journey :) We’ll back in London sooner than we know though… which is scary!

  • http://debbzie.com DebbZie

    I love your beautiful pictures, Elle. You’re absolutely right, Queenstown is just breathtaking. I’ve been there once and fell in love instantly. You’re so lucky to live there :)

    • Elle-Rose

      Thank you! We’re only living here for a couple more days now which is sad – but I feel lucky to have had 6 months here! :)

  • Sarah

    I’ve just found your blog and it has me in tears!! I went travelling a year ago and New Zealand was without a doubt one of the most special places to me! Queenstown being one of the many highlights the country had to offer! You blog is just perfect and has inspired me to write about my own experiences and to start saving for my 2nd trip! Thank you and carry on the super job!! :)

    • Elle-Rose

      Thanks Sarah! That means so much, glad I’ve inspired you to save for a second trip! I keep finding myself daydreaming about Queenstown, especially now I’m back in London – so I just know I’ll be going back someday in the the near future. Did you go in the winter or summertime? :)

  • Sarah

    I went during February and April, so the later part of summer! Before heading to the USA. Can’t wait to go back in the future! :)

  • http://www.beyondblighty.com Arianwen

    Lovely pictures! That brings back so many memories! It looks like you had a really cool location for your apartment too. I had to move hostels three times in the space of a week, and stay in 5 different dorm rooms, because it was so overbooked, but it didn’t dampen the experience!

    • Elle-Rose

      Yeah our apartment was gorgeous – it really made the time more special! The hostels in QT are so great though – and you get to stay really central which is always a bonus. x