In a break from tradition, a friend and I decided to head to Queenstown, to see if their New Year’s festivities lived up to the hype. They did; a great relief after a reasonably long drive on a blazing hot day with intermittently operable air conditioning.
The lakefront and CBD were packed (12,000 people in a relatively compact space), and the atmosphere was buzzing with live music and revelry. Come midnight, there was a spectacular fireworks display, with the cacophony of bangs, whistles, squeals and cheers accompanied by the odd splash, as a few poor souls were thrust into Lake Wakitipu – fortunately, we were not amongst those involved. After our best attempts to record the display with our phone cameras, we walked back to our tent a few miles away.
Even more fireworks.
Lots of fireworks going off over top of one another.
I think five photos of fireworks is probably enough.
Having had a patchy few hours of sleep, we looked around Frankton (where we’d been camping), then packed up the tent and headed to Glenorchy for lunch. Geographically, this isn’t far from Queenstown or Frankton, but a combination of holiday traffic, narrow meandering roads, and sumptuous scenery that I couldn’t recall having visited before, dragged the trip out to a few hours duration. It was well worth it, though, if only for the opportunity to bask in the shade of a willow tree on the lakefront. Once we were done enjoying Glenorchy, I dropped my friend off, and carried on to Dunedin via Tapanui and Raes Junction – the first time I’ve taken that route when I’ve been at the helm.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days (save for cursing profusely at my camera phone for having such protracted shutter lag), and I hope that’s reflected in the 15 photos that follow.
Fifteen Photos Which Weren’t Taken With a Phone Camera