Holidays in times of pandemic

Auckland Ferry Building, DowntownNZ, Vinneve photo

Hi to all my readers and supporters who are still here with me through in and out of trying times of the pandemic season. New Zealand has been covid free for a long time and since Delta came, unfortunately, we cannot shrug it off any more by means of elimination (lockdowns). In the end, we have to live with it with enough requirements (90% rate of fully vaccinated people in Auckland City and hope other regions as well) AND the usual restrictions of social distancing, face mask, and sanitizer. FYI, there are some regions, towns, and small cities that are still covid free up to this day.

December 15, 2021, was the start of ALL Aucklanders to have the freedoms to finally travel out of the region, and yes almost everyone is itching their feet to go. So here I will show you QUEENSTOWN. Some of you know this is what they called “The Adventure Capital of the World” please see this LINK to learn more.

Glenorchy, Vinneve photo

Hopefully next time, I will show you the beauty of all the places we’ve been to prior to lockdowns in mid-August and after lockdowns just recently for this month of December 2021. If you can go to my Youtube channel here on this LINK you will discover more about the places we’ve been even on our regional lockdown here in Auckland. For now, I am wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Stay safe and healthy.

Thanks very much for your time reading this. Please do comment and I will try my best to reply ASAP. You can also say HI to me on the PinoySwiss Abroad Youtube channel. Again my thanks!


Hotel review: Novotel Lakeside, Queenstown NZ

the backside of hotel fronting the lake, vinnevefoto

This hotel serves as a second home to us almost every year visiting Queenstown since living in New Zealand and before we left last 2015. Now back home, of course, we visited first our favorite place & stayed in this hotel. It’s good for families though we saw a lot of groups filling up a big tourist bus. The hotel is fronting the lake, playgrounds & the Park. If you are keen to walk thru this Park there’s a way to Botanical Park so it’s a long walk indeed but full of beautiful nature and fresh air.

Restaurant, Parks and the Lake, vinneve foto

The bedroom and the views.

NovotelLakesideQtwn, vinnevefoto

Balcony viewNovotel, vinneve

Just a walking distance to a lot of tourist spots and restaurants.  It can get pricey so better book early as comes peak seasons this hotel can get full. If you are a member of Accor like we do they give you free welcome drinks and can enjoy it beside the fireplace.


QtwnGondola, vinnevefoto

I have so many photos but I cannot put it all in as I need to save my space for later.  So this is it for now.  Thanks for reading and checking out my blog, appreciated.  Cheers!!