Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Queenstown, April 2016

Our final two days in Queenstown were an exploration of the township and surrounds, which included viewing the fabulous painting by Tim Wilson that was reported in the Herald. This painting has just fetched the highest price paid for an artwork by a living New Zealand artist, a Sheikh from the UAE paid $575.000 for this painting entitled ‘Summer Rains’ - an impressionistic landscape of Doubtful Sound. This painting took 2 years to complete and it quite spectacular. It changes dramatically as the light changes on the painting. We visited the Goldfields and did a little panning for gold, visited Carrick winery to see the lovely sculpture exhibition there as well. We lunched at Mt Difficulty vineyard and passed through Arrowtown and travelled beside Lake Hayes. We also went on a visit to Cardrona and watched the ‘highflyers’, a visit to Millbrook and a farewell lunch at Jack’s Point. A fabulous way to end a very enjoyable holiday!! The final image in this series is of a sculpture done by local artist Mark Hill that is sited at the Queenstown airport, this sculpture represents the Maori Chiefs assembled as a welcoming party to welcome all the visitors from afar!!

Dave and Wendy at Mt Difficulty

These are the gold fields, places my grandfather started life in NZ

Time to farewell Queenstown!

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