Mon 24th June

Trip Start Jun 16, 2013
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Trip End Jul 09, 2013


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Today we explored the final frontier. We hopped on a fairly decent size catamaran to travel across Lake Manapouri to Wilmot Point. This is where the final frontier commenced.

We got off the catamaran and got onto a Coach which drove us over the most expensive road in NZ ($2 per cm apparently). We travelled over the Wilmot Pass which was a windy and highly elevated track thru the middle, to Deep Cove where a large boat awaited us. We got on board this, and headed out into Doubtful sound.

Man, what an amazing place. This is prehistoric, and I commented to the family that we were seeing what the explorers would have seen. This place is untouched by man, and was a sight to behold. Took so many awesome photos, too many to upload. But will upload a selection of the best, and hope they can do it some justice.If you ever get to NZ, you have to do this trip. Once in a lifetime, expensive, but well worth it.

We headed out for a couple of hours, then headed back. So probably 3-4 hours in doubtful sound.

Once we got back to Deep Cove, we got back on the coach and did the other part of the journey. That was to have a tour of the hydroelectric power station they created in the mountain side. Again, an amazing sight and an amazing feat of engineering. In the 60's they used excavators and explosives to create a giant tunnel underground, connected via aquaducts, which drive the turbines. These collectively create about 14% of NZ South Island power requirements.

Once we finished here, we got back on the coach (underground) and drove out and back to the docks. We got back on our catamaran and travelled back across Lake Manapouri back to Manapouri where we were staying. Same place as last night, which is basic but nice.

May head to Queenstown tomorrow.
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