Exploring Queenstown with Canada Goose
There's so much to do in New Zealand. The south island offers a plethora of extreme activities, booked at booths on nearly every street corner. But for those who like to keep it low key, I've found some unique experiences around Queenstown that wont break your back.
MT NICHOLAS FARM EXPERIENCE: A scenic cruise and you're at a historic farm situated on Lake Wakatipu. 100,000 acres (the size of Singapore) of incredible terrain is home to over 29,000 sheep. The tour takes you on a 4WD journey around the farm, watching sheep dog round up the lambs and witnessing the production of Merino Wool.
Mt Nicholas Farm Tour
ARROWTOWN: A 20 minute drive from Queenstown and you're in Arrowtown. A quaint town with historic miners cottages, Arrowtown has some great food and boutiques on offer. Head to the Chop Shop for an Asian influenced brunch, Dorothy Brown's for art house cinema, Nadine Milne gallery for upcoming New Zealand artists and The Blue Door for a great speakeasy.
SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN: The gondola is an iconic fixture in the Queenstown landscape but by no means is it kitsch. Take the scenic ride to the top of the mountain and experience some of the best views in town. The more adventurous can ride the luge while others can have a nibble at the indoor cafe. The real winner is the stargazing tour, where you are kitted out with Canada Goose jackets and are guided through the galaxy through some serious pro telescopes.
HIGH COUNTRY HORSES: Take the stunning drive out of Queenstown to Glenorchy and you'll find High Country Horses. Small groups are guided through deep river crossings and over land used to film Xmen and The Lord of the Rings. Experienced riders are able to canter while first timers are well looked after. They also have a petting farm full of lambs, calves, deer and pigs.
WINE COUNTRY: Pack a picnic and take yourself on a tour around Otago's wine country. Great Chardonnay's, Riesling's and Pinot's are right on Queenstown's doorstep. If you stop at one, they'll most likely recommend another and your day will fly by. Try the Albarino at Mt Edward and make your way from there.
PACKING ESSENTIAL - CANADA GOOSE: Despite spring lambs in abundance during my south island trip, temperatures dropped to below zero overnight. Keeping warm whilst still being functional, as a photographer is essential. This trip I packed the Chelsea Parka by Canada Goose (worn throughout). With its delicate quilting, minimal aesthetic and removable coyota fur hood it's versatile and well designed. The artic tech keeps you dry, multiple zipped pockets on the inside (spare batteries and memory cards - check) and it's filled with 625 Fill Power Duck Down. It's a staple for any traveller.