Christmas day dawned hot and bright. We made a leisurely start to the day, then headed into Queenstown for lunch. After finding a convenient parking spot, we wandered around a the town a bit, noting where the TSS Earnslaw is moored (this would be important on Boxing Day) and seeing folk down on the beach dressed as santa:
We then headed for our Christmas lunch at Tatler, where traditional turkey and Christmas pudding was on offer. In the 31º heat we decided against that - fortunately there were more climate-friendly options on the menu.
We took a walk through the Botanical Gardens in Queenstown, where there were all kinds of birds sunbathing:
...before heading back to our accommodation, and escaping the heat. In the evening we sat outside, drinking wine in the evening sunshine.