A Week in Queenstown

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

I’ve just returned from a week in Queenstown with my partner Dani and our friend Lisi. We managed to score a perfect week – in weather, activities and company. We split our time between riding our bikes on Queenstown’s amazing trails, and rock climbing at the amazing Wye Creek. We also managed to sneak in a day in Wanaka to sample its climbing. Here are a few images from the trip.

On the road to Arrowtown, this field with scattered hay bales was too scenic to drive past.

Dani admiring the view from Wye Creek, standing below the crag section known as Proud Monkey Roof. We climbed a route that went directly out of the overhang on huge holds, called “Dream Thing” (21)

Lisi climbing “Aretnaphobia” (20) at Road Side Attraction, Wanaka.

Beautiful stonework crafted from local schist is prevalent throughout this part of Otago.

Lisi and Dani at Wye Creek, silhouetted against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Lake Wakatipu.

Dani mastering the art of riding “skinnies” at Seven Mile mountain biking area, just out of Queenstown. There are hours of fun to be had in this reserve.

Lisi rappelling after climbing “Aretnaphobia”

This is me climbing the same route – photo by Danielle Palmer.

The three of us after a long day climbing long routes at Wye Creek.