Thursday, June 3, 2010

Honeymoon Day 8

After a quick night in Auckland - we headed to Queenstown, New Zealand.  The first thing that we noticed was the soaring, massive mountains that surround the lake.  The next thing was the reminder that we would be renting a car and driving on the wrong side of the road for almost a week.

The steering wheel is on the wrong side!
We spent the early part of the afternoon walking around Queenstown - enjoying a huge burger and some ice cream by the water.  It was fall in New Zealand, so the air was crispy and cool - a lot like northern California in the fall.

We arrived to our hotel around 3pm or so.  It was about 45 minutes from downtown Queenstown near a small town called Glenorchy.  We were staying at a hotel called Blanket Bay - a truly spectacular place owned by a California couple.   It was incredibly beautiful.

View of the lake from the hotel
View of Blanket Bay from the front lawn
Blanket Bay was named for the fact that back in the day, sheep were sheared here and it was laid out to dry on blankets - thus giving the field the look of one big blanket (or something like that).
There were a lot of sheep
And a lot of stones perfect for skipping
It is a very beautiful property!  We felt so lucky to be staying there!

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