|Milford Sound, Mitre Peak|
We started our week out in Riversdale, a small farming community between Te Anau and Queenstown with the Leahy family on their dairy farm.
After our wonderful visit with the Leahy family we continued to Queenstown. This is the Adrenalin Captial of the World. We could have chosen sky diving, jet boating, bungee jumping, river rafting or several other high thrill activities while we were in Queenstown, but we chose a two and half hour helicopter excursion and a steamship ride across the lake.
Web Album to see all of the photos and video of our heli-flight. Here are just a few:
After a morning of flying we ended the day with a steam ship ride on the TSS Earnslaw.
Built in 1911, this graceful lady took us across the lake to a beautiful homestead where we ate roasted lamb with mint sauce and Pavlova in the private dining room. After dinner we enjoyed a sheep shearing demonstration, then headed back on the Earnslaw in the starlight to Queenstown.
While we sailed across the lake, we joined a sing-along in the piano bar.
We said goodbye to Queenstown the following morning and headed for Lake Wanaka. We went over through the quaint gold town of Arrowstown.
It reminded us of Columbia, but far more commercial. The Kiwis really know how to milk the tourist dollar.
The following day, we drove up into a magnificient valley where we found the trail head for the Rob Roy Track to the glacier.
The scenery on this 2 hour uphill trek just kept getting better and better. At the end of the trail, the blue green of the glacier hangs over the granite and glistening waterfalls cascade down moraine terraces to the valley floor.
See the video. Change is inevitable. It is everywhere.
Today, Sunday, February 27, 2011 we spent the day resting and catching up on chores. Late in the afternoon, we visited a Puzzling World and spent a good hour just trying to get out of the huge outdoor maze. After our success with this, we finished the day at a Mexican restaurant. Tomorrow we head further north to the Franz Joseph glacier.
All is well with the 2 Sail R's