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Queenstown

4 days in Queenstown

sunny 15 °C

23rd September 2014

Left Te Anau and drove to Queenstown. Arrived about 1:30pm and found our hotel,( it has a great view from the window) then had a look around town, a very nice town. We took the Gondola up to the lookout and had a go on the luge which was fun. We took a few photos of the view and arranged to go back for dinner.
View From our window!
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Queenstown
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Luge ride
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We got back up on the mountain to see the sunset then had dinner overlooking the town, with window seats!
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24th September 2014
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Woke up to a fine sunny morning, we left early and drove to Glenorchy for a jet boat ride up the Dart River. It was great, and we spun and twisted up the river for about 1.5 hours. We got out up the river a bit and got into a 4 WD bus that took us for a tour through the forest. We did a small walk where the guide talked about the trees, animals and vegetation in this part of NZ.

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We then drove down that road to view an area that has been used as a back drop for many films and commercials like Lord of the Rings, Wolverene, Hobbit, Bega cheese adds and Milka adds.

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We headed back to Glenorchy and had lunch at one of the café’s, it is a very small town!

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We finished our time there with a walk up the Routeburn track, we walked about 8 or 9km through very nice beech forest and streams, it took about 2 hours.
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26 September 2014

We woke to a fine morning, sunny and still. When having breakfast we noticed they had started the Paragliding from the top of the Gondola so we raced to where they had landed to find out more. There was no bookings taken, you just had to go to the top and get in line, so Carol caught the Gondola up while I grabbed the cameras. In the time Carol had reached the top and was waiting in line the wind had picked up and they cancelled the day.

We decided then to head off for a walk to the top of Queenstown hill, it was quite steep and took about 1 hour to get to the summit but the views were magnificent.

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We spent the remainder of the day in town, had dinner at one of the many nice pubs and watched the sunset at the harbour.

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Posted by cbrewster 02:32 Archived in New Zealand

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