Day 83 – Queenstown, New Zealand

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View from the top of Queenstown Hill

I’m tired. Exhausted really. But the good kind of tired. I had a little bit of a sleep in this morning before checking-out of my hostel. I made a short walk down the street to drop off my bags at the YHA since the Haka Lodge didn’t have any availability past tonight.

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After leaving my bags behind, I walked around the corner to Nomads to meet up with Helen and Elise for the last time. They left for the airport this morning, which marks the last of my Auckland squad to leave Queenstown.

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Luckily, Amy is still in town for one more day so she invited me to climb Queenstown Hill with a group of her friends from the Stray bus. I was the only one from the Kiwi bus but everybody was very friendly from the start, which made the long hike uphill more enjoyable. I’ve realized that even when you’re solo traveling, you’re never really alone. I’ve said it time and time again, but you actually do meet a ton of people that are doing the exact same thing as you. You immediately have something in common and it has gotten easier to break the ice. I feel like this trip has really forced me to come out of my shell and talk to people, which is exactly what I wanted.

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Reppin’ my @vagabrothers gear at the top of Queenstown Hill

The hike itself was probably one of the most tiring walks that I have done. It started with a steep walk uphill just outside the main square. We were all huffing and puffing before we had even reached the beginning of the trail. The hike was almost completely steep uphill climbs but the views were amazing. I had to stop several times to catch my breath and chug some water, but when we finally reached the top, the feeling of achievement washed over me.

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Once at the top, we took loads of pictures, marveled at the Remarkables and took in the views. The walk back down wasn’t so bad and we all had one thing on our minds… Fergburger. I decided to pass on another burger and opted for my first chicken, bacon and mushroom pie from Fergbaker and fries with aioli.

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That’s all for now. I’ve got some plans to go out tonight but I think I will leave that for tomorrow’s blog while I’m still buzzing from today’s hike.

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