They say that you either love Queenstown or you hate it, but I have to say that i'm on the fence which kind of blows that cliche out of the water I suppose.
It didn't help that the weather turned from good to bad on the day we arrived which kind of put a dampener on things and didn't help my first impression. Even worse was that we had booked into the campervan park near the town centre, and it is very central, which turned out to be little more than a big car park.
For those interested most of the campervan parks we have been staying on have been quite big leafy affairs and the site on which you park the van is usually sheltered so that you can't see the guy in the campervan next to you walking around in the buffty. It also means that you can sit outside the van, read a book, have a beer or whatever with some degree of privacy, but not here.
It was the campervan park that really made us the that we weren't going to hang around in Queenstown for more than a day. But fortunately from then on things began to look up. The town itself is quite nice although if you are heading, as we did, from a series of quieter destinations then it can feel as though you have turned up in Ibiza all of a sudden as the place is packed to the rafters with young people and all the bars are offering happy hours and pub crawls around the town which isn't that big (12,000 people live there according to Lonely Planet).
But it does make it lively and we had a good evening there watching various street entertainers, having a few beers and eating a massive pizza, the restaurants all look good and some of the bars do too if you are after getting hammered. Of course the other big thing you can do here is one of the many activities, you name it and in Queenstown you can jump out of it, into it, or raft down it. Rhiannon wants to do a skydive and I have ummed and arred about a bungy for ages but it didn't feel like the right type of place to do it. Too many people and you can do the activities in so many different places in NZ so we didn't bother.
The only thing we did do (Dad you'd be proud) is climb a big mountain (Mt John I think), a very tiring and steep climb that left us both aching the next day but did provide great views of the whole area which we have photos of if we ever get them on the site.
So that's it for there, we stayed two days and one night before going a whole 20km down the road to Arrowtown.