The next day we took the bus to the beautiful Shotover River in a valley surrounded by mountains
. We were kitted up with waterproofs and life jackets and then we boarded the shotover jet, a jet boat. For the next half an hour we were taken down the Shotover River at high speeds, constantly wiggling from side to side, just missing rocks and doing 360 degree turns. The sides of the canyon were only just big enough for the boat to get through so it kept looking like we were going to hit them. It was freezing with the icy wind and continual sprays of ice-cold water, but it was really fun. We both wished we could have gone faster though.
After our action-packed morning we set off on a 45 minute drive along Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy. The drive was beautiful. We arrived in tiny Glenorchy and went for a lovely walk through the valley, showing us beautiful views of the scenery. We stopped off to poke the frozen river and I admired the view while David tried to break the ice with a stick. Every turn gave us more beautiful views. After our walk we headed back to Queenstown, stopping on the way to admire the lake and have a pebble-skimming competition. In town we had dinner at the infamous Fergburger, which gave us the most enormous burgers we have ever seen. Yummy!
We left Te Anau and drove for 3 hours to reach Queenstown, stopping on the way to look at snowy mountains and lakes. On arrival we found a hostel and had lunch. We booked the Shotover Jet for the following day and then went to go on the gondola. Unfortunately it was closed until June 7th so we went back into town to explore. There were lots of ski shops and adventure activity shops. We went down to the lake and took photos of the reflections of the mountains in it and all the autumn trees. There was lots of snow on the mountains, although none in Queenstown itself. It was very cold though. We sat in a cafe and tried lavender hot chocolate (for me) and Mexican chilli hot chocolate (for David). Mine was good but David's was horrible. Why would you do that to chocolate? After sitting with our hot chocolates gazing at the scenery we went to the supermarket. We cooked bangers and mash for dinner and nearly froze at night.