New Zealand 2016 – Queenstown

We didn’t even stay in Queenstown, just visited for several hours and I loved it! I had an impression that it is a town for young people and their extreme ways of entertainment. So once you enter the center – every other shop is a travel agency for those extreme forms of entertainment- paragliding. parachuting, bungy jumping, flying in airplanes, etc. But the city itself is so modern, so full of contemporary architecture buildings, and very quiet, with people of all ages fulling the squares, parks and piers. it is by a long lake, on one end of it, we saw such views of the lake while driving to there:DSCN6283 DSCN6286 The very center was busy, but still not hard to park the car. But then we drove further from the center and parked easily and for free, and walked back on the path by the lake:DSCN6294 DSCN6303Here a little peninsular is seen where there is their park and gardens with impressive trees, as usual :-), so we went there for a walk:DSCN6305DSCN6312DSCN6314 DSCN6331 DSCN6344 This is the edible chestnut tree, I saw it first time:DSCN6340 DSCN6349 DSCN6352And two big araukarias or monkey puzzle trees:DSCN6363 DSCN6371There is a pond there with lilies, as in every respectful garden:DSCN6350 DSCN6360 DSCN6361and a beautiful sculpture of their legend character:DSCN6376then more of the center:DSCN6380 DSCN6381 maples are turning red –  their autumn is coming:DSCN6390Very pristine architecture I never stop admiring:DSCN6394 DSCN6399This is the view of Queenstown from peninsular, but the main interest in this picture is the color of the lake water – how it changes in lines from the shore:DSCN6319 DSCN6326 DSCN6402 DSCN6403 DSCN6307 DSCN6310Then we drove 4 km from the city and walked on a short trail:DSCN6405 DSCN6410 DSCN6415And then we drove to Wanaka through a shorter way  -through a mountain pass, so it was a steep and winding drive of some 70 km:DSCN6417 DSCN6424On the way there is a town Cardrona, and here is what we saw, the whole long fence of bras:DSCN6426 DSCN6429So they called it Bardrone :-). It would be funny and amusing if it was not sad – every bra may mean a woman gone form breast cancer. Our ladies back in Utah, in Zion canyon, made such a thing on a dead dry tree in memory of our beloved Susan Taylor and for breast cancer awareness  -it didn’t last long. Mormons took the tree off, for indecency…And here the whole fence is all intact.