Paradise is at the head of Lake Wakatipu.
We didn’t go quite that far on Wednesday, our water taxi from Queenstown stopped at Mount Nicholas Station on the southern side of the lake.
This family owned and operated station runs sheep and cattle and supplies merino wool to Icebreaker.
It also offers accommodation at the homestead where we lunched on vegetable soup, made from produce from the station’s garden, and venison pie.
Our afternoon visit enabled just a quick look around the lower country near the lake but provided plenty of vistas to prove that we were in deed close to paradise if down the lake a little from Paradise.