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2017 New Zealand Trip - Part 6

In Queenstown

We booked 4 nights in Queenstown as there was a lot to do there and we were intending to travel or, preferably, fly down to Milford Sound. Unfortunately, while the weather was good, it was very windy and mixed. We did manage a cruise across the lake for a barbecue at a sheep station, see later.

Queenstown is renowned as an adventure centre and there were lots of activities including Gorge Jet Boating, Treks, Climbing, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping and cruises on Lake Wakatipu. There were lots of shops.

We stayed on the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu in a lakeside apartment, Villa del Largo. About 20 minutes stroll into Queenstown on the lakeside.

Our view was directly over the Lake towards "The Remarkables"


There is an old-time, very pretty settlement, Arrowtown which has been revived by up-market stores and cafes.

On the way back down from Arrowtown, we stopped to look at the Jet Boating down the Gorge at Arthur Point.

At the other end of the lake from Arrowtown, there is Glenorchy which was used as Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Our trip on the lake was on the TSS Earnshaw, a Steam Driven Ship, to a sheep station for a barbecue, a tour of the station and a sheep shearing demonstration. The barbecue was superb and there was lots of different meats and they were the best we have ever tasted (and that is saying something!). There was no limit on quantity either. The whole visit was very professionally organised and well worth a visit, if you can.

We left Queenstown and headed for Dunedin. The journey took us via Cromwell. Gordon lived in both Cromwell and Dunedin.

Just as we left Queenstown we passed the bridge which was where Bungee Jumping originated, so we had to stop and watch. (I would have had a go but I am too old).

And a, not so good, video composite below:

Off to Dunedin.

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