Queenstown

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
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Trip End Jul 14, 2005


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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Next stop on our trip was Queenstown, the adventure activity capital of New Zealand. We were looking forward to our stop here as we had heard so many good things about it and Queenstown def lived up to our expectations. The obvious comparisons to Whistler in Canada were made (we worked there for 3 months in 2001) but they are both fantastic in their own way. We stayed at the Butterfli Lodge, a really nice hostel a 5 min walk for the centre of town. The weather was a bit dodgy when we arrived so our first afternoon there we spent having a look around town and trying to decide which activities we wanted to do. So the next morning we headed off to go on the Shotover Jet, a power jetboat ride down the Shotover River and through Canyons, made all the more exciting with a few 360 degree turns next to few sharp looking rocks!! It was fantastic fun and certainly got the heart going for the rest of the day. That night we bumped in to Jen, Emily and Katherine, 3 girls who had been stalking us and vice versa since Franz Josef so we headed out on the town with them and sampled the Queenstown nightlife, in particular a pub called Winnie Bagoe's (Winnie's for short and Gran I tried to get a t-shirt but they were sold out!)

The next morning we decided to go parasailing on the lake and went up on a tandem harness. It was a clear day so the views over Queenstown and the Remarkables was amazing. Also got to see some insane guy doing a parabungy! Lots of bungy jumping going on around Queenstown. We went out to Kawarau Gorge to watch people do it and I did get very tempted to give it a go but then I remembered I had some lemon meringue fudge in the car and decided to go and have some of that instead!

We also went out on a fishing trip that afternoon, determined to catch that nights' dinner. It was lovely and hot too so I was determined to top up the tan. Our fishing guide was a bit of an old perv' who I wouldn't have minded throwing over to feed to the fish but I was supposed to be catching the fish, not feeding them. We ended up catching 2 rainbow trout and 2 salmon, all of which were very tasty for dinner that evening.

The next day it was time to head down to Te Anau, the next stop on our journey...
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