Most people come to New Zealand for adventure. Bungee jumping, jet boating, mountain biking, mountaineering.
You name it. You can do it here. But what if hardcore adventure isn’t your thing? Does that mean New Zealand doesn’t have anything to offer you? Absolutely not.
I was shacked up in Queenstown for a bit, the town that is considered the adventure capital of the country…but with all the hiking I’d been doing, my legs were ready for a break.So what’s a girl to do?
Glass Making Workshop in Queenstown via LocalEyez
I had come across LocalEyez on Instagram, a new Kiwi-run company who’s mission is to hook tourists up with creative locals for off-the-beaten-path experiences. I decided to reach out and see what they had to offer in Queenstown.
I immediately heard back from one of the founders who said “how about a glass making workshop?”
Cool! I’d been ignoring my creative side since I got to New Zealand, so this sounded like a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Teddy set me up with Rex Charlesworth, a local glass artist and jewelry maker and owner of Queenstown Hot Glass.
I met Rex at his small workshop near Bob’s Cove for my hour-long one-on-one private class. Rex was a quirky fella who has lived in Queenstown for over 10 years and sells his stuff every Saturday down at the Queenstown market.
After a quick run through of the safety stuff, Rex did a demonstration, and before I knew it I was on the torch.
Throughout the hour-long class, I got to make a few different beads, including one decorated with some cute little polka dots.
And I’ll tell you, it was not as easy as it looks. It certainly gave me a lot of respect for these artists.
I enjoyed the class not just for the skills I learned, but I also enjoyed getting to know Rex and learning some of the local secrets….which I’ll leave it to Rex to share if you take his class.
The next day, I decided to pay Rex a visit down at the market and ended up buying a super cute pair of glass earrings that he made. And when I wear them it feels pretty cool that I know the man and the story behind them.
— What else does Local Eyez offer? —
LocalEyez offers all kinds of cool experiences. From behind the scenes tours with local wine makers, cooking classes with local chefs, to shepherding and wool-working, they can hook you up with someone awesome who can show you a true Kiwi experience undiscovered by the guidebooks. The LocalEyez website is pretty new, so if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, I suggest you shoot them an email using the contact pop-up form on their website, let them know what you are interested in, and my guess is they can set you up.
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** This post was made possible by LocalEyez. As always, all words and opinions are my own. **