After an amazing three days of skiing, we bid a fond farewell to Wanaka and headed back over the Crown Range to Queenstown. Once again an essential short stop in Arrowtown sticky buns and coffee from Provisions (which I cannot recommend highly enough!) on the way.
This time we’d booked to stay at Alpine Village Apartments in Frankton. The apartments are based on the main road into Queenstown, about 4km from the main centre. Once again, this is a combination of permanent apartment dwellers and sub-leased timeshares. The location is fantastic – right on the shores of Lake Wakitipu, with views back over the lake towards The Remarkables. It’s pretty special on a moonlit night to see the moon reflecting off both the water and snow.
Our apartment was two bedroom/ two bathroom, over three floors. The top dedicated to living area and kitchenette, middle floor to bed/bathrooms, while the bottom floor was an internally accessed garage with washing machine. 250MG Wifi data was provided with the room free of charge (although with two data hungry children, this didn’t last long), there’s a heat pump upstairs, and the main bathroom has a very decent spa bath. On the downside, the fridge was very small (just a bar fridge), which is not ideal for self catering, and there’s no dishwasher. On the whole though, I’d recommend it.
Post check in, the afternoon was dedicated to Pokemon hunting….
I also needed to do a bit of a stock up. I spoke to my sister-in-law, who lives locally, and she recommended New World at the Remarkables Shopping Centre as being the best local supermarket. It’s also worth trying Neat Meat in the same area for quality, organic meat, or Raeward Fresh for gourmet food items. We went to New World, and it was pretty good, but I’d be inclined to get meat elsewhere next time.
Once we’d found all the Pokemon Queenstown had to offer, we headed over to the other side of the lake to The Hilton to join some friends for dinner at the pub there. Sadly, the recommended noodle bar was closed on a Monday night, so we took what we could get, and Stacks Pub was very family friendly. The pizzas went down a treat with all the kids. I was craving simple food and vegetables after too many days of eating out, and the pub offered a very nice pan-fried fish (sole in this instance) with fennel slaw and potatoes. The slaw was delicious, the fish delicate, it was just what the doctor ordered. Not bad for pub food in a hotel complex.