Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu

View over Queenstown on the drive in

View over Queenstown on the drive in

A bra fence.  I don't know why ;)

A bra fence. I don’t know why πŸ˜‰

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Thursday, March 27

It was a chilly morning at 5 degrees and all our pants were still damp on the clothesline we’d strung in our room after doing a load of wash the night before so we skyped home and relaxed till it warmed up a bit.
We walked down to the lake and up one side to check out the boat tours and lake side adventure activities. Everything seemed too expensive for what you get so we decided to just go for a nice walk and headed the other way to the peninsula. There was a natural garden and a path that followed the lake shore so we just kept walking….and walking. There were signs along the way to a fall’s bridge so we thought, why not? We got there to find it was just a one way bridge over a dam that was barely flowing. Oh well. The walk was nice and there was lots to see along the way. On the other side of the bridge was a sign; 9.5 km to Queenstown. Yikes. We’d walke 10 km? That meant another 10 km back. A couple of km in we left the path for the high way, found a gas station and asked about the bus. It was $5.50 so, after a brief consult, I bought a bottle of water and we continued to walk. Ya, we’re cheap.
By the time we got back it was 7 pm and we were tired so decided ice cream would be a great dinner. So….we walked some more. The ice cream was worth it. Mochachino for me and rum and raisin for Sue. We slept very well πŸ™‚
Friday March 28
A skype home with the grand kids and we set off for the day. The gondola ride was beautiful and we could watch bungee jumpers and cliff gliders on either side. The views from the top were even more amazing and we could see for miles. Of course no day is complete without a hike so we continued further up and did the skyline loop as well as several off shoots from it. After rewarding ourselves again with ice cream (hokey pokey and choconana today) we took the gondola back down.
There were shopped and walked around for a while before stopping for an infamous Fergburger. A bit more walking and a stop at the Pig and Whistle for a beer. Yep, we know how to reward ourselves πŸ™‚

Sue seriously enjoys a Fergburger

Sue seriously enjoys a Fergburger

Yep, this is GOOD!

Yep, this is GOOD!

The infamous Fergburger

The infamous Fergburger

You can see where we walked from here.

You can see where we walked from here.

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Sharing my ice cream with jelly belly

Sharing my ice cream with jelly belly

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It’s a maple tree! They’ve planted a few up top and they’re nicely changing colours too πŸ™‚

Think he can carry me too?

Think he can carry me too?

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Another view from up top

Another view from up top

Beautiful walk

Beautiful walk

 

Lupins!

Lupins!

Vancouver's there but no Toronto.

Vancouver’s there but no Toronto.

Gondola ride

Gondola ride

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Wake boarding!

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Patch work seagull?

The Remarkables

The Remarkables

This looks like fun!

This looks like fun!

That's one big tree

That’s one big tree

The steamship cruising in Lake Wakatipu

The steamship cruising in Lake Wakatipu

 

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I didn’t think we walked that fast but ….. okay then.

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