Lewis Hamilton calls Queenstown 'most beautiful place he's seen

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken to the skies above Queenstown - and he's impressed with the view.

The 31-year-old sportsman posted several videos of his helicopter journey this morning on the social networking app Snapchat.

One video is captioned: "Yip this is the most beautiful place I've seen."

Lewis Hamilton took a helicopter ride over Queenstown. Photo / Supplied via Lewis Hamilton's Snapchat
Lewis Hamilton took a helicopter ride over Queenstown. Photo / Supplied via Lewis Hamilton's Snapchat

In an earlier video he said he was "having a great time" in Queenstown.

In another he said "you should see how beautiful this is".

Hamilton flew to Queenstown from Auckland yesterday.

Although he is worth millions, he has no issue flying cattle class.

Lewis Hamilton on board an Air new Zealand flight to Queenstown. Photo / supplied via Lewis Hamilton's Snapchat account
Lewis Hamilton on board an Air new Zealand flight to Queenstown. Photo / supplied via Lewis Hamilton's Snapchat account

He told fans yesterday he was about to fly economy because it saved money. The video was shot inside the Auckland Airport's domestic terminal.

"Man, I am loving these commercial flights. We're flying in economy, right now, yeah! That's how we do! Save so much money - I love it."

Another video showed him and two friends seated inside the aircraft. The captain can be heard in the background telling passengers the flight's route to Queenstown.

Hamilton quips: "So we don't know where we're going. We think we're going to one place, but we might be going to China 'cos there are a lot of Chinese people on this flight."

Earlier today Hamilton was being driven around in one of the world's greenest cars.

The racing driver was filmed leaving his hotel and getting into a Toyota Prius this morning, after he blasted SkyCity casino on Twitter for treating him "like dirt".

After the late night visit to the casino which ended on a sour note, Hamilton left his hotel room just before 11.30am stepping into a late model hybrid dual-fuel car.


The black Prius, that left the central city hotel heading towards Victoria St East, was followed closely by a champagne-coloured VW convertible.

Hamilton, who was dressed casually in a blue denim jacket and a cap with the word "prosperity" embroidered above the rim, was accompanied by another man who sat alongside him in the back seat.

He didn't stay long in the Prius. He later posted a video to Snap Chat showing him riding a Harley-Davidson motorbike around Auckland.

In the Snapchat story he said: "This is my bike for the day ..."

Last night Hamilton told his three million followers: "Don't ever go to the sky city casino in Auckland, they treated me like dirt. Can't believe how rude they were. Worst casino experience ever!"

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has landed in 'beautiful' Queenstown  Photo / Supplied
F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has landed in 'beautiful' Queenstown Photo / Supplied

It is not clear exactly what happened to the star, but the tweet was deleted shortly afterwards.

SkyCity management confirmed they had spoken with Hamilton but were keeping mum about what happened at the casino to upset the Formula One champ.

Group communications manager Kelly Armitage said she would not elaborate on the British star's treatment.

This included what prompted the outburst on social media that described being treated "like dirt" and branding it the "worst casino experience ever".

"We have touched base with him to discuss his experience," she said.

"As with any customer we don't talk about the specifics of their stay with us."


She would not say whether Hamilton was satisfied with the hotel management's response today. "We don't have anything further to add."

Fans were quick to come out in support of Hamilton. One wrote: "Dude, don't let it get to you. You normally have so much positivity. Don't let one bad experience eat away at you."

Another wrote: "How dare they!"

Fiery sunset in Auckland ??????

A photo posted by Lewis Hamilton (@lewishamilton) on

Others, however, were less supportive, with one man telling Hamilton: "Is it because they didn't realise who you was? Being famous isn't a one-way pass into access all areas. Is it?"

The world champion, who is competing in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in a few days, posted videos of his arrival into the country on his Snapchat.

The first video appears to be from out a plane window while he's flying into Auckland.
Another video shows him walking through Auckland Airport.

"First time ever to New Zealand, so I'm excited to see this beautiful place," the star said.
The final video appears to be taken from a balcony in the CBD.

Auckland!! ????

A photo posted by Lewis Hamilton (@lewishamilton) on

Mercedes-Benz today confirmed Hamilton was in New Zealand relaxing in a private capacity before this weekend's Australian GP.

There were no formal outings planned, nor would he be borrowing any vehicles to use during his stay from them.

Hamilton, 31, races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team.

In his first season in Formula One, he set numerous records while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One World Championships.

He also won the championships in 2014 and 2015, making him the first British driver to win two consecutive titles.

He is the only driver in the history of the sport to have won at least one race in each season he has competed to date.

In another Snapchat video Hamilton said: "You wanna hear something funny ... Every time I post something people upset about it they contact Mercedes, like the newspapers been calling Mercedes. But do I look like I'm bothered ... ah-uh ... I'm having a great time. Hope you are too."

- NZ Herald

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