You might remember the Kringles from 2013 – a nice family of five strawberries exploring the Queenstown surrounds while staying at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown. Well Mr & Mrs Kringle are back – and this time without the kids! Read about their adventures and all the great things to do in Queenstown.

The Kringles managed to secure a sweet deal on flights with Air New Zealand for their pre-Christmas adventure. Safely checked in at Auckland Airport, the pair sat down for a smoothie and wrote a berry long list of their #NZmustdo activities for the trip.
Queenstown’s always been a favourite holiday destination for Mrs Kringle, so she was pumped for an exciting week full of adrenaline and amazing scenerykeen to share her snaps with family through social media 

Once landed, it was time to check into their favourite hotel, Crowne Plaza Queenstown. Widely known as Queenstown’s chic, friendly and cosmopolitan downtown hotel, the Kringles love it because its minutes’ walk from their favourite spots and has awe-inspiring views of Lake Wakatipu.

 

The couple asked the hotel’s friendly concierge to help pick from their exclusive Queenstown guide. First up, was a 90-minute cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the “Lady of the Lake”. The iconic steamship, TSS Earnslaw, is one of the best ways to explore Queenstown and surrounds. Mrs Kringle even got to relive her own Titanic moment on the front of the deck!
After a spot of role-playing “I’m flying Jack” and “Iceberg ahead”, it was time to unleash their ‘inner speed demon and take a spin on the Shotover River Canyons Big Red. Reaching speeds of over 85kph, Mrs Kringle described Shotover Jet as “very wet and very wild” and reported back to home to say “mum and dad survived the canyons”! 
Rise and shine! After a delicious breakfast at threesixty restaurant, the Kringles hired electric bikes from the lobby to tackle Queenstown’s trails. Crowne Plaza sent them on their ‘berry’ way with locals’ tips and two delicious picnic boxes to enjoy at a picturesque spot along the way.

Mr Kringle was delighted with the performance from his e-bike, which helped save some energy for the trip up Skyline Queenstown’s gondola for the evening. Only a short walk from the hotel, the iconic gondola took them up to Bob’s Peak where they enjoyed a world-class view of the town and surrounds.  

Knowing the kids loved the Skyline experience three years ago, Mrs Kringle took the opportunity to embrace her inner-child and play with the dog selfie lens on Snapchat.
The adventures continued the night ten minutes outside Queenstown with a relaxing visit to Onsen Hot Pools. They sat back in their Cedar Hot Tub to soak up uninterrupted views across the Shotover River.
Mr Kringle woke up feeling adventurous the next day and googled best helicopter experiences in Queenstown. Over The Top was highly recommended on Tripadvisor so off they fled to the nearby hangar at Queenstown Airport to board their scenic flight.
On landing the berries were starving so they drove back into town for a ‘big-as-your-head’ Fergburger and found a comfy spot overlooking the lake to dig in. MKringle spotted what looked like an orange tiger in the water. He gave up on his Tropical Swine burger and went to investigate..
To his surprise, the orange tiger was in fact an 18ft lake-water shark which offered 15 adrenaline-packed minutes under the water. Next time slot was 4pm, so they sat and enjoyed watching passers-by on the lakefront. 
Next day, Mrs Kringle also had a thrillseeking strawberry up her sleeve – a 15,000ft jump out of a small aeroplane. They strawberries embraced their fear with NZONE Sky Divebut were both thrilled to touch down on the landing field. 

With their time in Queenstown quickly running out, the pair decided to drive to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Mrs Kringle stocked up on Christmas presents for Holly, Noel and Gabriel from her favourite Buckingham Street shops, before enjoying a world-famous gourmet pie at Arrowtown Bakery.

 

Next stop took them in the opposite direction – Glenorchy and then on to Paradise to visit Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations in Middle EarthThat was all well and good until Mrs Kringle got slightly frustrated with her husband’s Gollum impressions, so back to the hotel they went to start packing to head home.
The Kringle’s had a great laugh as they looked back over their visit. Mrs Kringle spent the afternoon designing personalised greeting cards using their holiday pictures on her new iPhone app. As she signed off her final card “Love you berry much, The Kringles”, she sat back on her lakefront balcony and daydreamed about their next visit to Queenstown.
Until next time – Berry Christmas.
Check out the full family album below!