Let's continue on the road trip along New Zealand's South Island - shall we? Leaving Te Anau and Milford Sounds behind, I drive north towards Queenstown. I really only have one point on the agenda of my visit to The Adventure Capital of the World, and it does not include any type of adrenaline boosting activity. Instead, something way more up my alley. Burgers! Vegan Burgers!
Fergburger is a very popular drawing card for Queenstown visitors. In fact, it is more common than not that the line for this burger joint goes around the block. Of course I wanted to know what the fuss was all about and joined the queue along with my former colleagues that were also in Qtown for the day.
There is no said vegan option on the menu, but you can veganize the veggie options easily. For my Holier Than Thou Tofu Burger, this meant no satay sauce (heart = broken!) but I could opt for extra avocado filling without any extra charge. I reckon it took about 30 minutes from placing our order to having the burgers in our hands (ok, our paper bags in our hands), which we then enjoyed down by the harbour... with a wee audience of about a dozen hungry ducks! It was very entertaining to watch the people work at Fergburger (like check out those little pre-stacked lettuce piles!), although I do not envy them!
For $12.90 I definitely think it was a good burger; filling, tasty and decent priced for NZ measures!
Next stop was Wanaka - about another hours drive up north through mountain chains and wineyards. This little town is home of the quirky Wanaka Tree that in fact has its very own hashtag online! What is that all about, you may wonder?
Well #ThatWanakaTree, albeit a little crooked, is really just an ordinary willow tree... expect for the fact that it has decided to grow in the water of Lake Wanaka, and nobody really knows why! But it does make for a rather gorgeous view, with the National Park of Mount Aspiring looming in the background. The tree is located about a ten minute walk from Wanaka's centre, along a beautiful little river path.
Apart from a visit to Cinema Paradiso, I also drove out to Wanaka Beerworks while in town. This little micro brewery has been around since 1998 and their beers are inspired by the landscapes surrounding Wanaka. For those interested in the brewing process, they offer tours at 2pm daily, Monday through to Saturday, with the possibility of a taste sample of 6 of their brews afterwards at $15NZDpp.
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