Queenstown - thrill seeker capital of New Zealand, if not the world! Home of the original bungy jump; jet boats; extreme hiking; skiing galore; and the newest thing - Hydro Attack, a semi-submersible jet ski thingy! Not surprisingly, we did NOT opt for one of those; instead, we elected to spend our morning on the Million Dollar Cruise. Now, it did not cost that - in fact, it was quite cheap! - but it cruises around the Frankton Arm of the Lake Wakapitu, alongside the countries first million dollar suburb!
There was more to see than expensive homes, of course, including the Kawaru Falls bridge, which has a remarkable history. Initially constructed as a dam to drain the Kawaru River during the Otago gold rush, to expose the gold believed to be in the river sediment, the project failed utterly and the dam was eventually converted to a bridge. The cruise was a very relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning, after the excitement of our stay in Glacier Country and yesterday's long drive, and the skipper's commentary was excellent. We were also favoured with very nice weather, which allowed for some lovely photos.
After the cruise we had lunch back at the apartment, then drove to Glenorchy. This is a very scenic drive alongside the entire Northern arm of Lake Wakapito, that encourages many stops for pictures - which, of course, we did! Glenorchy itself is a lovely little town with a very inviting little cafe (The Trading Post) and several historic buildings. Glenorchy punches above its weight in the tourism stakes, being the stepping off point for many famous hiking trails and numerous LOTR/Hobbit locations. We enjoyed our brief stop in Glenorchy and particularly the beautiful scenery of the town and lake.
Back at the Apartment, it was time to repack (again!) for our drive to Te Anau and our forthcoming tour into Milford Sound - one of our most anticipated locations on this trip.