The only people in the world
Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
11Trip End Oct 24, 2011
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Where I stayed
Amber Lodge Queenstown
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Doubtful Sound Cruise and Quadbiking
Wednesday was an early night, stayed in reading on my kindle. The reason being is we had to be up at 6am the next day to drive down to Manapouri, on our day trip to Doubtful Sound and it was my turn to drive. Now driving in NZ does not feel like a chore, I generally don't mind driving back home, but driving here is a pleasure, the views are spectacular, a photo opportunity round every corner, and the roads are pretty much empty, despite all the tourists over here for the rugby.
After a 2 hour drive through mountains, by the sides of lakes we arrived in Manapouri, a very small town, with a harbour called... 'Pearl Harbour', where we paid for our drip and got on board a ferry, which sailed through Lake Manapouri to Manapouri power station, where a coach would pick us up and drive us to deep cove, where we board another ferry and go around the sound. On lake Manapouri, Matt started talking to Canada aka Canadian Jen. Canada was travelling on her own, and was actually a nurse in Christchurch on a working holiday, and had been in Queenstown all week like us, so for the rest of the trip, she was under our wing.
It was a bit conflicting having all this natural beauty, and going to one of the most isolated place in NZ, but having to pass through the power station to get there. Still, we got a brief tour of the power station on the way back and how it worked, and it is renowned as one of NZ's greatest engineering achievements. Anyway, we arrived at the power station, surrounded by all this beauty(the power station was built into the mountain) and a couple of rainbows coming out the water! and borded a coach, with the excitingly named driver called Rex. However his voice was no way near as exciting. After a half hour drive with Rex's constant monotone drone, and us being the naughty kids at the back of the bus, we arrived at Deep Cove, where we borded another boat, for our cruise round the sound.
The Sound itself was amazing, so remote, so beautiful. Waterfal Streaming of cliffs with green terrain, and at one point, around the nicest area of the sound, the driver cut the engine, it was pure silence, and it really did feel like we were the only people in the world, and we were even lucky enough to see some Dolphins.
The way back was a bit tedious, still surrounded by lushious mountainside, but we had a brief tour of the power station, how it worked and its history. Although it was a Interesting, it wasn't really what we came to see, we got to see how Rex the Driver earnt his money by narrowly turning a big coach around inside a small tunnel deep inside the mountain. Later on that evening we went out for a Mexican with Canada and her friend Schmo (a hat knit). Then early to bed as we had Quadbiking to do the next day!