With Alys’ husband due to fly into the Queenstown airport, the 7 of us piled into two vehicles and drove the 68k into the city.
Can you guess who my seat mate was?
Along the way, we passed Bradrona, the famous “bra fence of Cardrona”. The collection of bras started around 1999, when four bras mysteriously appeared overnight on a fence along the Cardrona Valley Road. It wasn’t until an unknown bra thief began cutting them away under the shadow of the night that the fence gained its notoriety. Every time they were cut away, even more were added, and the bra count has reached over 7000. The infamous fence was rebranded to “Bradrona” in 2015 to raise money for breast cancer and $30,000 has been raised by people leaving donations in a box at the site.
What a powerful monument to say the least. While we did not leave our bras, we did make a monetary donation.
We weren’t on the road long before, unable to resist the incredible view, we stopped at the top of the mountain.
What a thrill and what a chill!
Check out that road down the mountain!
Our first views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu took our breath away!
One of the fun things about New Zealand is the ever present cafe with ourdoor seating. We found a table and enjoyed the view, the buskers, and the coffee.
A quick walk through the Queenstown Gardens revealed old growth trees, more beautiful views, and quiet time for reflection.
Then it was off to ride the Gondola!
After oohing and aahing over the view, and taking many a photo, we settled into the lounge for drinks.
Photo Credit Alys Milner and her selfie stick
The clouds began to roll in. Check out the difference between these next two images.
We took the trip back down and after dinner in the Queenstown city centre, we hit the road for Wanaka.