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What if you needed to go on a beautiful road trip in New Zealand with extra comfort? Look no further than Jucy! I was so delighted when we won a free trip with Coco the Social Cabana to drive around Queenstown. After spending two days in Christchurch and Lake Tekapo, my partner Jackie and I arrived in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. There are so many things to fall in love with here: the spectacular and breathtaking natural scenery, the diversity of activities to tick off your personal bucket list, the warmness and quirkiness of the people here and the peaceful and cheery atmosphere.
We picked Coco up from JUCY’s depot at Queenstown Airport. Jaime welcomed us with a big, warm glee and told us we are going to be famous and pointed us to the screen of previous Coco handlers. Chris took us through the functional aspects of Coco. We were impressed at its mobile kitchen, lockers, GPS, wifi, entertainment screen and make-shift bed.
The weather was beautiful. Lovely sunshine coupled with fluffy white skies, snow-capped peak of The Remarkables and the calm still waters of Lake Wakatipu. Here’s a taste of what we did around Queenstown:
QUEENSTOWN GONDOLA RIDE Riding the gondola up and having a bird’s eye view of Queenstown is almost obligatory for every tourist. We stayed through until sunset and watched the sun go down. Also, I have to say the hot chocolate from the café here is the bomb!
SKIING AT CORONET PEAK We dared ourselves to drive up to Coronet Peak after renting ski chains and as soon as we parked Coco, a little bit of snow started to fall upon the ground. We made it up here safe and sound thanks to Gutsy Coco!
We picked up our first ski lesson ever! Tom, a professional ski trainer from Colorado, USA was our trainer and we learned some awesome tricks from him including how to control our balance. Although we paid for a group lesson, it turned out to be only both of us, so it became like a private lesson. I like to call it ‘Lucy’s Luck’!
Me and my partner share passion in exploring food whenever we travel. Of course a trip to Queenstown is never complete without heading to the legendary institution, Fergburger, which we were told served the world’s best burgers! The burgers were so huge, they were nearly the same size as my face! By coincidence, we discovered this little fish and chip stall called Aggy’s Shack, facing the lake’s waterfront, in the same row as Eichardt’s Private Hotel. The portions were great for the price.
We also tried some classic Kiwi fare on the menu, like the abalone paua patty. The ice-creams from Chocolate Patagonia were the perfect dessert. I particularly liked the banana split flavor. For someone who dislikes bananas, I found myself indulging a lo in it, for both dinner and breakfast. Breakfast!
We also tried local pub grub at Pub on Wharf, recommended by a local while we are strolling around Queenstown mall. Beef wellington is apparently one of the hardest dishes to cook in the world, but easily available here.
ROAD TRIP TO GLENORCHY
Another exciting part of this trip for us was following in the trail of Sir Peter Jackson and seeing the inspiration for his Lord of the Rings movies, such as the Dart River, used as filming location for Isengard in Lord of The Rings.
Glenorchy is such a quaint little town with vintage charm. There was just something about this quiet settlement which made it so alluring for us. We fueled up at Glenorchy Café, which had fantastic food. Besides the popular pork sandwich, the hearty tomato soup and also delicious crumbles were definitely winners on the day. Paired with a cup of cappuccino, we could feel ourselves relaxing.
SHOTOVER JET RIDE
It was such a waste that the day we were supposed to head to Milford Sound on the JUCY Bus, the roads were closed to traffic due to avalanches. I was extremely disappointed when we were informed early in the morning by the bus driver that the road was still closed and so we would be getting a refund. But still, there’s nothing one can do when Mother Nature rules!
We decided to head to Shotover Jet for a ride on the jetboat instead to get over our disappointment over not making it to Milford Sound.
The adrenaline rush was exhilarating and we screamed our lungs out. We would like to thank the whole Jucy crew for accommodating us with Coco.
We love New Zealand so much that we will be back again in the near future to tick off Milford Sound and skydiving from 15,000 ft, just so we can earn even more bragging rights! The trip here is definitely a lifetime to remember.