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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2020, 10:04:11 AM »
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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2020, 03:17:26 PM »
Thanks from Virginia.  Tasmania is as close as I've gotten to NZ but it is on the bucket list.  Like to go there while I can still muck around.  I hear the insects can get brutal in the summer on the south island, is that right?
We have a small biting insect called the Sandfly which is common all along the West Coast, and more so in the South Island. They are harmless, but very annoying. Deet works to keep them away, but they are less active in the cold weather and didn't bother us much this trip.
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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2020, 12:43:23 AM »
Really beautiful scenery!  Thanks for all the pictures. 

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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2020, 02:03:50 AM »
Have travelled up to a small village called Kingston today, and the end of Lake Wakatipu. We have 3 nights here so we can explore the area around Queenstown. It's normally tourist central with it's own small international airport, but noticeably quieter at the moment.

We did a run up the road to Arrowtown which is a historic gold mining town with most of it's old shops preserved (and functioning).



 


Kids found a small but VERY well stocked sweet shop. Not a cheap as the Factory shop with it's 1 kg bags, but hundreds of different sweets. 





 

 

Some of the rebuilt Chinese gold miners huts have been rebuilt down by the stream below town.



 

Got my "tropical pale ale" to remind me of Rarotonga, even with the snow on the hills in the background.



 

Will see what the weather is like tomorrow, and decide what we are going to see.
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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2020, 03:37:21 AM »
Looks interesting and sounds like your having a great trip. Nice pictures 

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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2020, 04:12:27 AM »
Bonus pic that Lil took. This is NZ State Highway 6, the number 2 main road in the Sth Island, and we come across a couple of thousand sheep being moved. :D

You know you are in NZ when....




 
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« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2020, 05:34:23 AM »
Woke up this morning to this view. Fine day, but a bit of wind blowing. So off exploring again,



Glenorchy is a small village up at the top of the lake. Originally it was accessed only via Steamboat. That was operated by the Govt Railway Dept. So they had a regulation storage shed, and possibly the worlds shortest railway that ran ~200 yards up to "town".


 

The wharf is still there and maintained.



 

The old wagons are still there too.



 

So then we headed up the road a bit further. Started looking like Lord Of The Rings Movie....



 




 

Turns out that some scenes were actually filmed here :D


Well up into the alps here.


 

The road at this point was down to 1 lane gravel with fords across the streams. Eventually it ended with a washout with a 4WD detour, but that was only a couple of hundred yards from the road end. This is the native beech forest that covers the lower hillsides.



 

Looking back up the lake one the way back to Queenstown. The Westerly winds will be dumping rain over the other side of the Alps (like Milford Sound), and some spilling over onto the central lakes,




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Queenstown is on the left, Kingston is up the lake to the right.



 

Queenstown, with the old Steamboat leaving the wharf. Tomorrows trip is on that.



 

Kids wanted to go ice bumper car driving, which is fair enough. I went and scoped out the trees in the park next to the ice rink. Here's Douglas Fir and a Giant redwood.



 

A quite impressive Pine tree



 

And a pretty impressive Douglas Fir.



 

This Giant Sequoia caught my eye too.



 

About 8 ft DBH?



 

None of these trees would be much over 100 years old as the park was only established in the late 1800s.

Looking out over the lake. Wind was gusting enough to create rainbows over the surface.


 

Stopped at the local supermarket for some supplies. They had a very impressive beer selection (Queenstown is pretty "upmarket"). Fortunately these don't come in 6 packs. It's Russian, it's 8% and it's 0.9 litres  :D



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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2020, 05:43:28 AM »
Rainbows on the lake!!
I like that snow line too.
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Re: Winter 2020 NZ road trip
« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2020, 08:18:49 AM »
Thoroughly enjoying this tour, looking forward to more.
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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2020, 09:11:31 AM »
This is a wonderful tour through some beautiful and interesting country.  Keep it coming!  8)
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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2020, 07:54:28 PM »

Posting from a ship again 🙂
Earnslaw is a 1912 steamship that used to service the lake before the roads were built . It runs tourist trips now. 



 
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« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2020, 09:46:31 PM »
The trip included "barbecue lunch", but wasn't expecting a 4 course sit down meal. Letting the first 3 settle, then its desert time  digin1

 
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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2020, 05:27:46 AM »
Another photo dump and run. Went into Queenstown today and just acted like tourists.


The Earnslaw steamer tied up at Queenstown wharf. Ship was built in 1911, shipped by rail to the lake, then bolted back together and launched.


 
Just some sky scene and the ranges on the west side of the lake.



 
Looking back to Queenstown




Taylor and I check out the engines. That's the cylinder heads of one of the 2 engines. The con rods and crankshaft are below.

 


Out on the fore deck. Yes its windy.

 


Inside has pretty much restored to original, with the addition of a modern bar / coffee shop. Before the ship sails you can walk onboard and by coffee like any normal shop.

 


The "farm park" on the other side of the lake. It's not accessible by road.

 



View from the top of the gondola ride.

 


They have a luge track and various spots to leap from, attached to a bungee cord or a para glider... we stuck to the luge track 

 
 
 

Looking across the lake. The steamer trip goes to the small flat you can see on the right of the picture.


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« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2020, 05:32:17 AM »
Wwheee!!! :D



 
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« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2020, 06:06:20 AM »
Another day on the road. Stopped in Queenstown again to meet an old friend of Lil's for coffee. We don't drink coffee, but the had milkshakes and mulled cider ;D


 

Found another Sequioa on the way back to the carpark. Can't be much over 100 years old though.



 
Lookout at the top on the Crown range leaving Queenstown. Car is going to need a wash when we get home. :D


 
Cardrona hotel. From the gold rush days, but the village now has  large ski field, so it's been restored.



 
NZ's most photographed tree at Wanaka. Wind was getting up at this point as you can see by the lake surface.


 

We carried on to Omarama, which is further North in the McKenzie basin.  Weather report has wind / rain AND snow warnings for tonight / tomorrow. AND a wildfire has closed the road to Mt Cook. Hopefully the rain will put that out, but then the snow will close it again ::)

So we shall see what tomorrow brings. We should be able to get through to Tekapo as planned, but if the weather is to rough we may gave to stay here another night.
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« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2020, 11:36:19 AM »
Thank you for the tour, it is fascinating! So much of the couuntry looks a lot like British Columbia.
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« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2020, 03:48:55 PM »
Thank you for the tour, it is fascinating! So much of the couuntry looks a lot like British Columbia.
Probably similar climate in places. The trees that grow best are PNW species like Doug fir.
Woke up to this view this morning. 


 
Next stop is about 600ft higher up towards the Mts. But road to there should be OK. Dont have to go up over any passes for a couple of days.
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« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2020, 06:28:57 PM »
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Is that near the Cardrona Ski Area?
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« Reply #38 on: August 31, 2020, 11:56:55 PM »
Is that near the Cardrona Ski Area?


Yes, you head up the hill from the village to the ski area.
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« Reply #39 on: September 01, 2020, 02:02:53 AM »
OK, not so much for sight seeing today, drove up to Lake Tekapo today through light snow all the way. Was settling on the road for a bit in the higher spots, but nothing serious. At least the rain and snow has put a dampener on the wildfire that had closed the Mt Cook road, and that's open again now. We had planned to head up there today, but we have 2 nights here in Tekapo and it's only a 30 min backtrack to the turnoff, so we will head up there tomorrow. Supposed to be cold tonight / clear tomorrow, so it should be a good day. 

This is the historic Church of the Good Shepard here at Tekapo. Usually it's surrounded by bus loads of tourists. today about 5 cars in the whole carpark. That's not dust on the lens, it's still snowing but the air temp was up to about 2C by lunchtime, so the snow wasn't settling down at lake level. 



 

So we told the kids we would go to the (outdoor) swimming pool instead....



 

Still snowing lightly, but the water is from a natural hot spring. Was fine as long as you stay in the water.



 

Possibly the country's coldest lifeguard tower? Where the lifeguard uniform is a puffer jacket / ski gloves and a wollen hat. :D



 

After that we could check into our cabin, although the park is pretty empty, so they upgraded us to one of the new t"fancy" kiwi batchs, which is basically a small 3 bedroom house.  No extra charge, but I think we owe them a good review online.   ;)



 

I think the whole place is being renovated after a fire a year or so back. But the hot pools are just down the road there. Lake is to the right.



 

View from the deck. Normally the lake would be higher but they are doing repairs to the lake control gate that feeds the Tekapo A power station, so the water is drained to the lowest possible. Water from here goes through 8 hydro stations before it gets to the ocean.  



 

The cabin is nothing "special", but it's all solid wood inside. OK it's pine because we are in NZ, but it's solid.  :D



 

Anyway, not much for the scenery today, but the cloud is lifting, I see some patches of blue sky and hint of sunset. Forecast is for -5C overnight, but fine tomorrow, so should be able to make up for things tomorrow. :)
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