My New Zealand Family Holiday: Day 5 GLENORCHY

By Estella

After our day on the slopes of The Remarkables, His Royal Highness, Amanda and I were too fatigued to partake in any activity more strenuous than walking. In fact, even walking called for super-human strength as I sported more black spots on my legs from skiing than does a Dalmatian over its entire body, so we decided to take it nice and easy by going to Glenorchy, forty minutes away by car, on the other side of Lake Wakatipu.

A picture of a bruise on my leg, the result of spending a day skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The hazards of being a virgin skier. A picture of a bruise on my leg, the result of spending a day skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of welts on HRH's leg, the result of skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Even HRH, an experienced skier, was not spared from the curse of ill-fitting ski-boots. A picture of blisters on HRH’s leg, the result of skiing in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of HRH on our drive to Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

100% pure New Zealand. A picture of HRH on our drive to Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Queenstown from around Lake Wakatipu.

Terraced houses on the highlands overlooking Lake Wakatipu. A picture of Queenstown from around Lake Wakatipu.

A picture of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, from around the bay.

A picture of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, from around the bay.

A picture of me at Lake Wakatipu, on the way to Glenorchy in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of me at Lake Wakatipu, on the way to Glenorchy in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of two ducks frolicking in Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

See how clear the water is? A picture of two ducks frolicking in Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of a house overlooking Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Wuthering Heights, anyone? A picture of a house overlooking Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda showing off river stones from Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

On the way to Glenorchy. A picture of Amanda showing off river stones from Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of an iconic shed in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of an iconic shed in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Lake Wakatipu from Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Lake Wakatipu from Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of HRH and Amanda at Glenorchy in QUeenstown, New Zealand.

HRH and Amanda had Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps to their back.

A picture of Amanda outside Foxy's Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

See the mountains in the background? A picture of Amanda outside Foxy’s Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

It would seem that Kiwis love quirky, for most cafes and pubs we’ve patronised have had something kitsch about their decor. Foxy’s cafe at Glenorchy, where we stopped for lunch, had a bunch of barnyard animal figurines throughout, ranging from salt and pepper shakers to wall hangings.

A picture of Amanda with Mr Pig at Foxy's Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda with Mr Pig at Foxy’s Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda with the kitsch salt and pepper shakers at Foxy's Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda with the kitsch salt and pepper shakers at Foxy’s Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A wall hanging at Foxy's Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Is it a frog or is it a fly? A wall hanging at Foxy’s Cafe in Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand.

After lunch, His Royal Highness and Amanda went to check out the Glenorchy surrounds of Lake Wakatipu whilst I had a sticky beak at the possum fur factory across the road from Foxy’s Cafe. If you’ve never felt possum, it’s way softer than sheep skin or even rabbit fur. Before you call PETA, do know that in New Zealand, possums are a threat to the ecosystem as they damage forests and prey on various species of birds and snails. In addition, they are a nuisance to farmers as they spread disease among livestock. So if you want to go green and support the initiative to control possum numbers, buy their fur.

A picture taken inside Glenorchy Furs in Queenstown, New Zealand.

There were hats of every sort, scarfs, neck ties, bed spreads and cushion covers. Even “willy warmers” to warm men’s er, willies. A picture taken inside Glenorchy Furs in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of me with a possum fur bedspread at Glenorchy's Furs in Queenstown New Zealand.

My dream – a possum bedspread. Unfortunately, we had no budget for it this trip. A picture of me with a possum fur bedspread at Glenorchy’s Furs in Queenstown New Zealand.

A picture of HRH with a "Land For Sale" sign in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Who knows? We might move there to live one day. A picture of HRH with a “Land For Sale” sign in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A picture of HRH and me on our drive back from Glenorchy to Quuenstown town centre.

A picture of HRH and me on our drive back from Glenorchy to Quuenstown town centre.

 

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