Got into Queenstown Friday afternoon for the pre-trek briefing at the Ultimate Hikes office.
Had time for a quick drink at the waterfront before the briefing.
The last two tramps were unguided, but for this one we went for the guided option, primarily because it actually gets you into lodges with proper bedrooms rather than bunk beds. I’ll blog more on this at the end, but was an excellent decision! The hot showers alone were worth it!
The briefing took just under an hour and the main thing is making sure you turn up on time for the bus the next morning. They also have day packs available for use, for those who don’t have their own.
After the briefing we headed up the gondola for a drink and to enjoy the view. Lots of people coming up to mountain bike. Made a mental note to make sure I do that next time I’m in Queenstown with half a day to spare. Looks lots of fun.
We then headed to dinner at Eichardt’s Bar, which had superb tapas. Highly recommended.
They also do a nice collection of wines to accompany the food.
So a nice half day in Queenstown before the departure the next day for No 3 of the nine Great Walks.