Queenstown

2:20pm 5th November

We had a great drive this morning, and we made great time to get to Queenstown. We left at a good time, in the driving rain, and then made excellent progress all morning. After a brief stop for lunch in Wanaka we got back on the road. Now nice and sunny we made even better progress and arrived here at the camp site at a record new early time! Greeted by the most miserable staff in existence though, but you can’t have everything. We’ll be popping out in a mo to suss out Queenstown and book us some excursions.

5:20pm 5th November

Two updates in a day, I know! Just back from Queenstown town centre — it’s lovely! None of the guidebooks mention what a sweet place it is. Again, like Kaikoura we’re only here for the activities but it’s a lovely place overlooking a large clear water lake, hemmed in by a huge snow-capped mountain range called ‘The Remarkables’. Lots of nice-looking bars and restaurants too — we’ll be trying those out later.

We’ve also just spent an absolute fortune booking excursions for the next three days. Tomorrow we’re doing the Shotover Trio — a combination of three activities in one: Jet-boating, a helicopter ride and white-water rafting. That should be pretty thrilling — to calm ourselves afterwards we’re going to the bird life centre at the top of the hill (a gondola ride up) to see some real live kiwi. Then no doubt some more bar and restaurants.

On Tuesday I’m going to … well, I’ll leave that one til afterwards! Enigmatic, but more interesting if I leave you in suspense!

On Wednesday we’re off on an overnight cruise through Milford Sound — one of the most amazing places on earth and one of the main reasons we wanted to come to New Zealand. It looks simply stunning; we can’t wait! The overnight cruise means we get to see it in the early morning too when it’s all misty and nobody else is there. We also get the chance to do some kayaking off the main cruise boat too.

So, all in all an action-packed few days!

Filed under: New Zealand Trip
Posted at 04:53:00 GMT on 5th November 2006.

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Matt Godbolt is a C++ developer working in Chicago in the finance industry.