As a reward for our skydive, we ate lunch at the very famous Fergburger! We were expecting to have to wait in a pretty long line because we always saw one rounding the corner. . . but right when we walked up everyone seemed to disperse! Lucky us. It truly was the most mouthwatering burger I had ever tasted. Since it was so huge, I decided to go simple on the toppings. However, my boyfriend loves his burgers, and he ordered the “Big Al,” (the most giant one on the menu). The Big Al is topped with: two patties of New Zealand beef, two eggs, bacon strips, beets, lettuce, tomato, onion, and aioli. When the Big Al was ready the cook called out, “Congratulations, you have a Big Al!”
Needless to say, we enjoyed our burgers immensely and still find ourselves dreaming about them to this day. Afterwards, we walked past Cooke Time where they sell freshly baked cookies warm from the oven. You can smell the cookies from outside, so I couldn’t resist . . .
To burn it all off, we hiked the Queenstown Hilltop Track. This hike was hours of never-ending steepness. I thought surely it had to even out and level off at some point . . . but it never did. The views from that high up were incredibly gorgeous. My breath was constantly taken away (not just from all the steep climbing) but from each time I looked out and viewed the colourful trees, sparkling lake and massive mountains.
After hiking to the top of the mountain, we trekked all the way back down and took the cable car to the very top of the city for the very famous and amazing Queenstown view. The sun was just starting to set on the mountains and I gazed out at the view for ages, feeling goosebumps at its beauty.
The next day we spent exploring the other side of the city down by the lake. It was just as pretty and I would have sat on those rocks all day if it didn’t get so chilly. To warm up we ate breakfast in a cafe along the shore, and that gave us much warmer views of the beautiful lake.