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Weekend in Queenstown

sunny 78 °F

On Friday we left Franz Josef to Queenstown which is the adventure capital of the world. We left around 7:45 AM and heading down the last stretch of the West Coast. In the late morning we stopped at Lake Matheson, known as the ‘Mirror Lake’ for its crystal clear waters where you can see reflections of the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook.
We then headed on into the Central Otago region the landscape changes from defense forest to plateaus, with stops at Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka.
Towards the end of the day we stopped off at the world’s first commercial bungy site, the 42m high Kawerau Bridge where I watched a few people jump off the bridge. Let me tell you those people are crazy. I found out the oldest person to do a bungy on this jump was 94 years old and the youngest 10 years old. I always wanted to bungy but after seeing this bungy jump I am just not sure.
Friday night a bunch of us went out in Queenstown for some dinner and drinks. I ended up on a bar crawl with a bunch of people on the tour so we got to see a few pub’s throughout the city. Queenstown is more happening at night but once again the only thing you can really do is eat and drink. The night life is more happening….maybe because it was a Friday night.

Saturday morning was another early morning which the tour headed to Milford Sound. Milford Sound is rated one of the 1,000 places to see before you die. The trip took almost 4 hours to get to Milford Sound during the trip we passed Lakes Wakatipu and Te Anau, through Fiordland National Park.
mirror_lakes_sign.jpg courtesy of Jamie Roberts (Friend from London)
I took a cruise through the Fiords, where I saw glacier valleys, river valleys with waterfalls.
Instead of taking the bus back I decided to fly back to Queenstown. I am so glad I did because seeing Milford Sound from the air it was absolutely amazing. Also, it was only an hour flight so that was a bonus.
Here are a few of my pictures from the plane ride:
Since I have been on the go so much I decided to go to the Hot Pools which was amazing. It was nice to relax for an hour look at the stars and hear waterfalls in the background. It was heaven.

Posted by hmccurdy 00:45 Archived in New Zealand Tagged tourist_sites

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Hi Heather, first off, I'm glad you didn't decide to do the bungee jump thing. It looked WAY too risky. Your pictures are out of this world and I can't tell you how much fun it is to read your blogs and follow along on your trip. Many of the pictures that you took from the plane remind me of scenes in "The Lord of the Rings". At the time of the film, Joe and I wondered if the scenes were real or computer generated. Now I know -- they are real. Enjoy the rest of your stay and we look forward to seeing you at the end of the week. Jen

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