Weird tourism sight of the week: An Asian tourist strolling through Queenstown, on a glorious Central Otago day, wearing one of those face masks designed to spare your lungs from a bird-flu pandemic in a major city.

I was tempted to ask: How much further from pollution do you really need to be?

Perhaps it was about the familiarity of home. Like a Kiwi traveller wandering the streets of Athens looking for a bar that will show the rugby.

Second weirdest tourism sight of the week: Still in Queenstown, a tourist steps out onto the road in a roundabout right in front of a giant bus so he can take a photo of the stunning scenery.


The driver stopped, waited for him to get his shot and walk off, then drove on.

The locals down in that wonderful town must see it all.