The plan for today was to spend the morning cruising around Lake Wakitipu on the Million Dollar Cruise, have a lazy afternoon pottering around town and playing on the lakefront and then a late night up at Coronet Peak having our first experience of night-skiing.
Unfortunately our three-year-old son had other plans. Whilst building a fort in their bedroom at the apartment, he jumped on the top, forgetting that there was a bedside cabinet underneath. Cue a lot of screaming and blood. A long story cut short – we ended up spending the day at the Queenstown Urgent Doctors and the Frankton Dentist getting x-rays and assessing the damage. Thankfully it was covered by ACC so all the treatment we received was free and I honestly can’t praise both medical centers enough. They saw us quickly; they were kind and patient and helped entertain the other two kids whilst I was trying to comfort the boy. Typically my husband was in Alexandra for the day (90 minute drive away) so I was on my own with a boy who was unable to eat or take fluids or painkillers and had a mouthful of wobbly teeth!
I managed to get hold of the owner of the Million dollar cruise and explained that we wouldn’t be making it. She was genuinely caring about my son, and so understanding and helpful. She offered us a trip later that day or the following day. We took her up on the following day…
As anyone with young kids knows, just because one is poorly doesn’t mean that the others are happy to just play calmly and let the other recover. So to kill two birds with one stone, we took a drive up to Queenstown’s closest ski field, Coronet Peak so that the boy would sleep in the car and the other two could get some fresh air before bed. It’s the best access road I’ve encountered on any of the South Island ski fields – tar sealed all the way to the top – and only 25 minutes from downtown Queenstown to the top of the mountain. Our plan was to come here anyway as on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night’s Coronet is open for night-skiing (something I’ve been desperate to try). Obviously our son had other plans but that just means something to look forward to next year! Watching the sunset from the top of a mountain, snow-boarding down floodlit trails with the husband, après ski beside a roaring fire whilst listening to the DJ sounds like an absolutely perfect evening to me!