Day 10 - Queenstown

Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
Trip End Apr 21, 2007

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Up this morning at 6.45am to get ready for the flight to Milford Sound, called the airport to check weather conditions, as instructed, told the flight was cancelled for today due to inclement weather (to cloudy to fly in safety, booked again for tomorrow, weather permitting), so went for a drive to the local Mediterranean Shopping Centre, where we bought fresh baked bread, mediterranean salad and Colston Bassett stilton cheese for a ploughman's' lunch to go with the smoked salmon we got at Lake Paringa a few days ago. Drove 44kms to Glenorchy, along the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu (a very scenic route, amongst the top 10 internationally apparently) and marveled again at the steep mountains, vastness of the lake and sights in general. Unfortunately for Liz the many dead possums on the road was a rude reminder we are back in NZ!! Below a snowcapped mountain and the Dart River, Glenorchy would have been much nicer on a sunny day, but quaint nonetheless. A lot of the area was used in the movie Lord of the Rings. Back to Queenstown where we drove through the township and on to Frankton, found a side road up a steep hill, where they were developing new land for sale and pulled up for lunch high above the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu. I really enjoyed the stilton cheese and me being the cheese "klutz" (only really enjoying cheddar, brie and the occasional tasty cheese), wondered why we hadn't bought a bigger piece of the Colston Bassett! Back into Queenstown and checked in to the Novotel Lakeview Hotel, right on the lakefront, for a night's relief from the motorhome (just nice to be able to have a shower without putting 50c or $1 into the slot for 6 minutes of hot water and also nice to have a little more space to move around for a day (our motorhome is a 6 berth, I don't know how people enjoy a holiday in 2 or 4 berth campervans without having the same facilities and space that we've got, but there are plenty of them on the roads). Checked with the airport again tonight re conditions for flying tomorrow, they are predicting worse weather than today, so we cancelled the flight and got a refund. We are disappointed but we'll see what conditions are like when we get to Te Anau tomorrow. Had dinner at the hotel restaurant tonight, which was lovely, great view of the lake from our room, through the trees. This is definately a place we would like to come back to again!
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