South Island Journals

New Zealand's South Island - Remarkable!

A May 1997 trip to South Island by akakd

Chalet Queenstown Photo, More Photos
Quote: While we enjoyed our time on New Zealand's North Island, we found the South Island to be stunningly beautiful, with some of the friendliest people we've met anywhere in the world! You won't believe what they did for us at our B&B!! Also,read on for a hint on how to get upgraded to the infamous Hermitage at no extra charge.

New Zealand's South Island - Remarkable!

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We thoroughly enjoyed Queenstown, the "jewel" of the South Island; "fit for any queen". Of all the places we've been to, it is my husband's all-time favorite. We also loved our day tour to Milford Sound and our side trip to Mt. Cook. I can't say enough, however, about the friendliness of the people. They are part and parcel of what makes New Zealand (South Island, especially) so special.

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Chalet Queenstown

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Hotel

Chalet Queenstown Photo,
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Wow! Cissy, the Proprietor, was wonderful! It was cold when we arrived, so Cissy drove us downtown to buy some 'spencers' (thermal underwear). When we came in at night, she had our restwarmer on our bed turned on so that we climbed into a nice cozy bed. The young girls living there even did our laundry for no charge! In the evenings they were available to pour us a drink, and in the morning--served up a nice, hot breakfast. From our room, we had an unbelievably marvelous view of the Remarkables Mountain Range. We woke up to snow on the Remarkables on our last day. Beautiful!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Chalet Queenstown
1 Dublin Street
Queenstown
+64 (3) 442-7117

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When we arrived in Mount Cook, we were surprised to find our hotel, the Mount Cook Travelodge, closed for the season! We found a sign on the door, directing us to go to the Hermitage Hotel and saying we would be upgraded for no additional charge. What good fortune! The Hermitage is a luxurious hotel with warm, inviting rooms. A real treat!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

The Hermitage
Mount Cook National Park
South Island, New Zealand
(03) 435-2809

Pig & Whistle

Restaurant | "Pig & Whistle"

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The Pig & Whistle is an 'Ol English Pub on the edge of the shops, a short walk from Chalet Queenstown. Though a bit too smoky for my taste, the Pig & Whistle was lively and the food was good. We enjoyed the roaring fire.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Pig & Whistle
Downtown South Island
South Island, New Zealand

Mount Cook

Attraction | "Mount Cook, Southern Alps, Tasman Glacier"

Mount Cook Photo,
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Disappointed that the weather did not permit a ski-plane flight with a glacier landing, we drove to Lake Tekapo, where we took an Air Safari tour instead. Fabulous! We even received an official Flight Certificate.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Mount Cook
Mount Cook National Park
South Island, New Zealand

Milford Sound

Attraction | "Milford Sound Day Trip"

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Our Milford Sound experience was by air, land, & sea! We began our day on a Coach through the magnificent Southern Alps, a beautiful drive. We met a wonderful 'kiwi' (New Zealander) onboard and hung out with him for the rest of the day. Ironically, he was wearing a t-shirt from our hometown! He was extremely knowledgeable about the vegetation and birds we saw en route. We even got to see a Kea, a mountain parrot that can inflict a nasty bite and are known to be quite destructive with shoes, cameras, etc. When we arrived in Milford Sound, we cruised the Tasman Sea, having lunch onboard. We returned by air, with marvelous sights of waterfalls below.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Milford Sound
SW of South Island Within Fiordland National Park
South Island, New Zealand