About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Beach & Pool Clubs
Bars & Clubs, Wine Bars
Kayaking & Canoeing
Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries, Coffee Shops
This living historical settlement along the Arrow River is an excellent destination for its beauty, charm, and a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's pioneering spirit.
This Arrowtown bar is arguably the coolest watering hole in the whole of the Queenstown area, and is also one its best kept secrets.
Hiking trails — well worn and not so worn — offer stunning views and 'Middle Earth' magic, suitable for all levels of ability and interest. Less than an hour from downtown Queenstown is the picturesque Glenorchy, snuggly situated along the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu.
Pan for gold at this historic reserve set within the Kawarau Gorge, an area protected by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. Goldfields Mining Centre depicts the life and working conditions of the region's early goldminers.
This World Heritage Site yields views of Mother Nature at her scenic best. Take in the park's stunning beauty while enjoying a range of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, kayaking, hiking and even skydiving.
Within Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakatipu, this highly regarded kayaking tour operator offers a variety of ways to take in the views of the Southern Alps while exploring its lovely mountain lakes.
This highly regarded and award-winning restaurant has a menu focused on the best regional and seasonal ingredients. The Spire Dining Room has one of the best wine lists in the whole of New Zealand, featuring both local favorites and the Southern Hemisphere’s most comprehensive collection of fine wines from Bordeaux. Dinner here, in the capable hands of Chef Ben Batterbury, could prove to be your best chance to experience what makes New Zealand lamb so delectable.
This fun lakefront shop sells 100% Kiwi designs – from the cute and quirky to the highly sophisticated (or a uniquely Kiwi blend of both). Here you’ll find loads of gift and souvenir items, made by some of the country’s best up-and-coming and well established craftspeople and artisans.