Queenstown and Hostel Heaven
I arrived to Queenstown on Saturday. Queenstown is the adventure and adrenaline capital of the world. Immediately upon arrival, I did the scariest thing of my life. Unfortunately I am having some difficultly getting the photos uploaded to my site so I will have a separate blog post about this specific activity later.
Anyway on my fIrst night out in Queenstown me and my friends decided to go to a club called “the Find.” Did I mention Queenstown is the party capital of NZ? The DJ played and mashed together hits from every decade since the 1950’s. I left at 4:30 am despite the floor still being packed and the music still going.
Predictably, the next day I felt awful. To make matters worse we were staying at a Base Hostel. Base Hostels are equivalent to McDonalds. They are everywhere, cheap, and awful. Also they are filled with 18 to 22 year olds who have their mind on one thing…….. Partying.
It was fun for a Saturday but I didn’t come to NZ to get drunk all the time. So I decided to take a vacation within a vacation. I booked a hotel room and spent most of the day sleeping and relaxing.
The following day I got up early and hiked to a nice view point overlooking Queenstown. I was joined by my German friend, Clara, who I met two weeks ago on a bus ride to the Tongerio Crossing. We sat on top of the mountain watching paragliders take off for about an hour or so before we decided to head back down.
That night I once again switched hostels – this time to the Adventure Hostel in Queenstown. This hostel is the Ritz of Hostels. Luckily I booked it a week in advance because it usually fills up extremely quickly.
While the amenities here might not seem like much, having lived out of my backpack for the last 3 weeks in some questionable hostels, this place is heaven.
They have free wifi, free computers, two pillows per bed, clean private bathrooms and showers, free iPads to use, free GoPros to borrow, and a balcony overlooking the city. It’s amazing how I can become so grateful for the smallest amenities. Clean towels and a clean kitchen can make all the difference. Next post Milford Sound.