September snow fun, sightseeing and art in Queenstown

My youngest daughter and I flew down to Queenstown, in September 2018, to visit a friend and support her with an art exhibition.

Flying into Queenstown

It was a wonderfully long weekend of  fun in the snow, sight-seeing, great food, wine, company and art!

At the top of The Remarkables ski-field in Queenstown with my youngest daughter.

Having fun making a snowman!

Ski girl in action!

A few days before our visit my hubby had flown down with our oldest daughter for a weekend of ski fun too!

Stunning scenic drive from Queenstown to Wanaka

Unfortunately we couldn’t all go as a family as our middle daughter was busy with the World of Wearable Art Show in Wellington (but she was having a blast with the show, so didn’t feel like she was missing out!).

Our daughter Sophie appearing in the WOW 2018 Show!

On stage in WOW, wearing an incredible dragon costume!

Back in Queenstown, on a marvellously sunny day, my daughter and I joined my friend, her son and her Mum, for a scenic boat cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm.

My friend’s son holding my youngest daughter in front of the steamship we sailed on.

This boat trip can be extremely busy in peak-tourist season, so it was a treat to sail out of season, with plenty of space to walk about on board and to enjoy a quiet glass of wine, whilst listening to beautiful music playing by a pianist.

On board the TSS Earnslaw

Once at Walter Peak we enjoyed a farm tour and afternoon tea, before returning on the steamship to Queenstown.

Walter Peak Farm Tour, Queenstown

Aboard the TSS Earnslaw

It was a delightful time of year to visit, with spring in the air, lambs abound and gardens blooming with flowers.

Enjoying the spring blossom in Queenstown

The Queenstown gardens were a treat to behold too. We enjoyed walking around the gardens and on to the shore of Lake Wakatipu.

A perfect drop on the shore of Lake Wakatipu

My friend’s art exhibition was a wonderful success, as well as being a fund-raiser for Land Search and Rescue in which to pay gratitude to the volunteers and their partners and a tribute to the lives lost. Jane Kellahan donated $2,550 to LandSAR.

My friend Jane’s art exhibition in Queenstown.

I decided to invest in a beautiful piece of Jane’s artwork, having been an admirer of her work for some years.

Whilst in Queenstown we also had an exhilarating jet boat ride with our friends!

All geared up!

Riding the jet boat!

Scenery from the jet boat ride.

Beautiful scenery and an exhilarating ride on the jet-boat in Queenstown!

My daughter and I really enjoyed our time together – it was a rare treat for us to have one-on-one Mum and daughter time. We stayed at a lovely hotel – ‘The Heritage Queenstown‘, with a great swimming pool (of course she had to take her mermaid tail!).

Swimming pool at The Heritage, Queenstown

The food in the bar and restaurant was absolutely delicious!

The views from the hotel were stunning and we were able to walk down into Queenstown, whilst enjoying the tranquility of the lakeside.

On the shore of Lake Wakatipu

A stunning sculpture on the shore of Lake Wakatipu

One day we drove a little further afield, to the beautiful village of Arrowtown. We did a little sight-seeing and explored the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, imagining what it would have been like to have lived in those little huts through some harsh winters!

Arrowtown gold mining village

My 8 year old daughter, in the small doorway of one of the huts.

It was an amazing trip all round. The ski resorts of the south island really are wonderful and there’s so much to do aside from skiing as well!