Summer has arrived in Queenstown and it’s a scorcher! Only a few specks of snow remain on the Remarkables and the beach is littered with sunbathing bodies …
The water temperature is still pretty chilly so only a few brave souls venture past their knees. Water-bikes are being peddled just offshore and a few kayaks are venturing a bit further.
If you are getting out on the water, make sure you are properly equipped! Not like the Scotsman, 3 Englishman, and an American borrowed a dingy in Wanaka. They used tennis racquets in shopping bags, table tennis bats on plastic pipe and a coal shovel on a broomstick for paddles!
The Ski shops are all packed away and have converted to Golf or Bike shops till the snow arrives again. You no longer have to dress like you are off for an Antarctic Expedition when going for an exhilarating jet-boat ride full of Hamilton Spins. Riverboarding is available again, though you still need a thick wetsuit to ride the Kawarau rapids on a boogy board. There must still be some snow melt heading into the waterways.
A cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station is a relaxing way to spend a few hours on a lazy hazy summer day. Or if you are feeling more energetic you can MTBike, horse-trek or walk out there.
Make sure you take a water bottle if you are planning on going for a hike up Queenstown Hill or do the Ben Lomond Track. The air is very dry here compared to further north. The view of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu is stunning.
Another great thing about summer down here is the daylight hours. It is light till about 10pm here at the moment. So you can really make the most of a full day. The longest day has passed, so don’t muck around too much, get here as soon as possible to make the most of summer!
Disclaimer: Since writing this, Queenstown has had snow, in JANUARY! So pack a few warm things too!