On arrival the waterfront is so picturesque; I am taken in at once. The mountain ridges show themselves like outstretched fingers dipped into the ocean. The water in its clear turquoise colour looks refreshing. I thought North Island is beautiful but Queenstown, stunning.
A stroll along the water’s edge I see a lot of tourists. There are roadside musicians playing guitars. A group of Asian lady tourists are dancing to a young musician’s guitar music and his singing while his companion, a young lady, join in the dancing.
We go up in the gondola and have a most shockingly beautiful view of Queenstown from above. I can see the two headlands (one a golf course), all covered in green – tall fir trees, patches of grass and surrounded by blue water. It has a visual effect of vastness, spaciousness. There are some settlements outside these two headlands and yet they do not enforce a busy environment but rather a decoration.