Queenstown | New Zealand

On the anniversary of a beautiful trip to the South Island of New Zealand, I am left thinking how much things can change in a year. One year ago this week, I was skiing down some of the world’s best slopes, and today I can’t go further than 5km from my home! While we are in this lockdown, I have loved looking at past travel photos and dreaming of when I can next jet off.

Last year we spent a week in the beautiful town of Queenstown. The town and surrounding area has so much to offer including skiing, spas, wineries, and road trips. Everywhere you look is picture perfect – Queenstown is one of the most picturesque places I have ever travelled to.

One of the main reasons we ventured to Queenstown was for the skiing. We spent most of our week at the Remarkables, which was perfect for our travel group which was comprised of both beginner and experienced skiers. I was a beginner, and cannot recommend getting a lesson enough. I had a one hour lesson, learnt all the basics, and was ready to go. After no time at all, I was jumping on the ski lift and doing proper runs. One highlight of our skiing was a night spent at Coronet Peak for their night skiing.

New Zealand is notorious for its adrenaline experiences so of course we had to do something adventurous. We opted for the Nevis Swing, which is the largest giant swing in the world. It was an absolutely incredible (and also terrifying) experience being flung off the ledge and swinging over the valley. I would highly recommend this if you’re looking for something a bit less intense than bungy jumping but also want to do something that gets your blood pumping.

When we weren’t skiing or jumping off ledges, we explored the town. The town itself is a quaint ski village with fresh seafood and beautiful wine. We weren’t able to venture out to the wineries this time around so went to The Winery – Queenstown which was a really fun experience. Each wine is on tap and you are able to taste as many as you like. The waterfront pubs were my favourite spot in Queenstown – the view was amazing.

Where will your first trip be post covid? Let me know below!

Leah x

Queenstown | Glenorchy


My name is Leah and I am a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blogger based in Melbourne. I decided to start my blog mode as a creative outlet and an opportunity to do something within the fashion realm, which I have always loved. I wanted to share my styling tips and tricks, and my trips so I hope you enjoy! If you would like to contact me, send an email to mode.leah@gmail.com x

14 thoughts on “Queenstown | New Zealand

  1. Queenstown is such an amazing place. I’ve never been in their winter, but have been almost every summer for the last 10 years! Will be missing this this December / January due to Covid-19 restrictions on entering the country, but thinking we may do a July trip for the first time, if restrictions have been removed by then.

    Your photos make it look nice and sunny. Would this be typical for July do you think, or is it more normally cold and miserable?



  2. What a beautiful post! Thank you. It is such a nice relief to see your photographs and descriptions.

    Where to after COVID? Anywhere!! Ok, to narrow things down, I really want to go visit friends in the Pacific Northwest – Oregon and Washington. And I want to go to Canada if they will ever let us Americans in again. Ideally I’d love to go to the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia and then to Waterton Park.

    Well, thanks for a fun tour of New Zealand.

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  3. I always thought my photos would provide entertainment when I physically could travel no longer. Little did I know I would need them sooner than that. Great to refresh the memories on places travelled. I have been lucky enough to visit Queenstown three times. A beautiful place for sure. Thanks for sharing and stay well.

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