Woo Hoo I'm in Queenstown!

Trip Start Nov 14, 2008
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Trip End Mar 10, 2009


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Finally I'm here! Went through Wanaka which is a really nice town on the edge of a big blue lake with the Aspiring range framing the Lake. The Christmas tinsel looked really nice & sparkly in the hot afternoon sun. Had a quick smoothie at a lakeside cafe & did laugh at the tip jars; "which hemisphere has the best Christmas - jar 1 for north jar 2 for south" The North had more money in it so so I'm guessing this place is full of tourists passing through! Yesterday morning we were reading the papers & there was a huge advert on the front saying "Christmas means camping" - very different down here for crimbo. At least I suppose for the kids they can go & play outside with their new presents - not like my day when I couldnt take the new bike or roller skates out due to frost/snow etc!!

The scenery is still mostly really Scottish, although we have now moved away from the callendereque views into more cairngorm/glencoe. There are occassions though when all of a sudden you round a corner & this huge alpine snow capped peak complete with glacial blue river jumps out at you! Even in Queenstown the mountains are very Scottish - there just seems to be more of them & they appear to be a wee bit higher.

Just before Queenstown we passed the Perigrine vineyard so may take a trip back this way when we are back next week. More pertinanlty we also passed & thus had to stop at the infamous AJ Hackett bungyy bridge. Even driving down to the bridge my legs started to feel like jelly & to be honest even as I'm typing this I'm starting to get nervous! The bungys had all stopped for the evening so there was nothing except the platform to hint at what goes on here. Still found it amazing standing on the bridge - cant beleive i'm here. I did eventually manage to gain control of my legs & started to feel a bit calmer about launching myself off the platform towards the green water. This really is bungy for beginners though as the drop is a mere 42meters - compair that with the Nevis gorge bungy down the road at 143meters??!! They advertise the canyon swing here a lot with loads of posters on the back of toilet doors. This is basically a free fall & then 200meter swing across a canyon. Anyway it will be bungy for beginners for me - what on earth am I doing??!!

Arrived in Queenstown & what a beautiful place. The town centre is pretty small but buzzing with bars/restaurants & outdoors shops galore - my heaven! Spotted a T-shirt today with "up mountains down beers" which I thought was very apt!

Had dinner in a great place called Winnies. They are famous for their pizzas & mine was indeed great. There really wasn't any more room for more toppings. Jackie got a veggie pasta dish which a quarter of the way through discovered a whole (unlike the half wasp me & Tree found in the bottom of the dish of olives we had just finished!!) dragon fly. Staff were quite appalled & very efficient in replacing Jackies meal. They also never charged us for her pasta so we ended up with a pretty cheap night. The pub part of Winnies looks like it would be a real laugh, there is a place in there for everyone whether you want to join in Karyoke, play pool, sit beside the fire or escape totally out into the sheltered heated balcony. I've no doubt we will be back!

Whilst we arrived yesterday in the sunshine - today I can hear that it is raining outside - great. Apparantly this part of  NZ gets up to 4.7meters of rain a year!

Thursday 11th December
Looked around Queenstown at the various activities you can do to kill yourself! There are a number of bungys from the beginners one I'm going to do at 42meters right up the Nevis bungy at 143meters. There is also the Canyon swing where you freefall 60odd meters before embarking on a 200meter swing across the canyon! Add in canyoning where you hurtle yourself down a waterfall or frogging where you attach yourself to a boggie board & self kayak down a river - all sounds like great fun. Needless to say Jackie isnt doing any of that!  Very nice dinner of seafood chowder (washed down with the magnificent Macs Gold), watched an amazing "sunset" with the clouds above one of the mountains turning blue all backed by gold - didn't have my camera so hopefully Jackie has captured this well. Had a bit of a run home & back as we realised that we hadn't checked into our room & reception closed at 10pm.
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ma-and-pa
ma-and-pa on

Gathering of bungy jumpers?
It sounds like a Christmas scene in the heat. At least it will be warm when you go over the edge, so you won't freeze on the way down. We don't suppose Jackie will be joining you - but will be at the top with the camera.

You will see that we have at last caught up with the comments managing to post them on entries 6&7. We made our way westwards yesterday in glorious and the afore mentioned heatwave to MacFie's. The wifie there told us her sister and husband are over in New Zealand touring in a camper van and doing work along the way to pay their way. What a small world, just like you meeting that chap in Los Angeles. Rain or snow is on the way for the weekend so there will be no planting of tubs. We will be seeing George on Sunday - keeping cameras well away - who will probably take our tuna and disappear.

Do dragon flies count as meat? - not really -just a bit of extra protein. We can just see the response in some of our local restaurants - they'd probably snarl and charge you extra!! poor Jackie she seems to get a 'raw' food deal at times.

With only two weeks to go have managed to put the Christmas tree up so the lounge is looking a bit more festive and we're off for more meat supplies in readiness of Paul's arrival.

boyley
boyley on

4 sleeps til Christmas
Love the sound of the T-shirt and I see you have already had a photo shoot in among the flowers and I am sure it will go down a treat in the Scottish highlands!! Yep the half wasp - not good and don't want to think whether it was you or me who ate the other half (in my head it is you obviously!!) always better to find a whole creature - well better to find none but you know what I mean. I hope Jack managed to capture that sunset .

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