Kirsty & Nick's New Zealand Adventure travel blog

From Coronet Peak over Shotover Valley

Remarkables from Coronet Peak

Depart Frankton: 3966 km (10.40)

Leisurely up this morning, despite a 10am checkout. Even found time to feed the ducks again. It was a nice sunny day with just a few clouds, but windy and cold.

First stop was the garage to fill up with diesel, then we drove into Arrowtown. Apart from being a lovely town and well worth another visit, there was a shop there with Icebreakers on special offer that we wanted to raid. We enjoyed a leisurely walk around the town and wandered in and out of a few shops – no market sadly, even though it is Saturday.

On the way back to Queenstown we decided to drive up to Coronet Peak, which is a ski mountain on the western side of the valley, just above Arrowtown. The snow has long since melted, but as we had taken the road when we went rafting, we knew it was tarmac'd and offered great views.

We were not disappointed! We stopped once at the turnoff to Skippers Canyon (the infamous rafting road). There was quite a buzz on activity there as a bunch of lads (actually men some of them) headed off down the track on those trials motocross style bikes that they use in competitions for climbing up barrels, going along planks, doing jumps and so. Looked pretty insane.

We then drove the last few kilometers up to the ski resort at the top. The resort was closed, but the views were indeed excellent. Then we drove all the way down again to the Shotover River and watched the jet boats there for a while, and took some photes.

We drove into Queenstown and tried to find another camp site other than the one we stayed at last time, but couldn't find it, so went back to Creekside, which is pretty cramped, but the facilities were pretty good and it was very convenient for town.

So we walked into town, had a couple of beers, but once again the town seemed deserted.

Macareenie Jones for dinner.

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