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A few last shots of our NZ trip.

From the car ride….

bungee, Nick wouldn't let us go

And the jet boats….

And the gondola…

so scared

The end.

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We did a little day trip out to Otago, to visit Chard Farm, producer of some of Nick’s recent favorite reds. The setting is gorgeous, all the vineyards spread along the edges of a huge canyon. We had to take a terrifying dirt road along the edge of a cliff to get to the farm, and I was basically clinging to the roof of the car like a cat begging Nick to slow down (he was going like 8k/hour).

It was worth the trip though. David, the cellar door manager, led us through a tasting of lots of delicious whites and Pinot Noirs (the 2009 Mata-Au Pinot Noirs and the 2009 Tiger Pinot Noir were our winners.)  Austin, the cellar man, gave us a tour behind the scenes, through the cellar and the winemaking process.

Great wine at Chard Farm, and good storytellers as well – would recommend a side trip there if visiting Queenstown.

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I adored our hotel in Queenstown. I actually felt reluctant every time we had to leave it, and then felt guilty for secretly wanting to spend my mini holiday snuggled up in a bed and ignoring all the travel must dos.

St. Moritz was a perfect hotel for this trip. The lobby is kind of ski lodge-esque, with this big warm fireplace. You can bring your drink there from the the bar or restaraunt, if you are willing to tear yourself away from the views of the lake they offer. The staff were friendly and helpful, you barely noticed them looking after you, which I suppose is the best sign of good service.

The rooms were lovely as well. Cozy, warm, smelling like a wood fire, huge fluffy beds. I didn’t even care that we didn’t have a view as I was so happy to be bundled up in there.

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Back from Queenstown, NZ after a long weekend. Sigh. Wish I wasn’t.

Some favorites.


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