Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

We come back one lunchtime. Aggy is friendly, one of those characters that you feel instantly resembles a Popeye cartoon character.  I order a mutton bird meal $20NZD and the Green Lipped mussels $10NZD and a Sea Scallop fritter $2NZD (yes, $2!). I watch him make the orders, he's organised, well you have to be to make food in such a small surroundings, and I watch him steam the mussels by putting them in a metal mixing bowl and flipping it upside down onto the hot plate leaving the bowl on top to steam them in their juices.

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Mutton Bird Meal $20NZD

After about 5-10 minutes we're given our food. He's a big fan of the mutton bird and tells us how rich in Omega 3's it is. We're fascinated by the dish, the mutton bird being incredibly fatty and tasting intriguingly of fish. He tells us that mutton birds need to learn how to feed very quickly and well as they need to pack on the fat to survive the South Atlantic ocean temperatures in which they survive. He tells us of a particularly bad year when they weren't able to do this and a whole lot of them washed ashore dead, unable to survive. When they're able to, he shows us with his hands how big they are when he receives them. The flesh is dark, darker than duck meat and softer than soft, very much like a confer and the fatty skin is plentiful all over the bird.

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Biting into it is interesting. It tastes strongly of fish  because that is what the birds themselves eat which explains why it is so high in Omega 3. Later my husband confesses to me that he was burping mutton bird burps which reminded him of cod liver oil (but don't let that put you off, it is quite nice indeed although I can imagine some might be wary given that description).

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Green lipped mussels 14 for $10NZD

I try the green lipped mussels which are gorgeous especially with the sweet chili sauce.

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Scallop fritter $1.80NZD each

And scallop fritter? A gorgeously soft scallop combined with a light batter. I couldn't ask for more than eating it in front of the Queenstown view.

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Later we drive to "Paradise" an area past Glenorchy where some of the Lord of the Rings movie was shot (we see a LOTR tour showing fans the view). You can see why, the drive is gorgeously scenic although at times of rain and subsequent flooding not advised unless you have a 4WD. When you reach Paradise sadly there is no sign signifying "Welcome to Paradise" (how perfect would that sign be?). In fact Paradise is actually the start of a river.

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheep, sheep and more sheep!

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

A stoic looking bull

On our way we drove past the deceptively unassuming looking entrance to Blanket Bay Lodge where international celebrities flock for privacy and luxury. The gate looks like a regular gate and when we stop we notice that it's an electronic gate where there is a woman in a car waiting for it to close. We assume that it's an employee ensuring that the gates close and that no stray interlopers enter. Let's save that for another holiday shall we?

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack & Paradise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Aggy's Fish & Chips Shack

Marine Parade, Queenstown, New Zealand

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