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Franz Josef to Queenstown :: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 05:06 AM (GMT)


New Zealand







Leaving the Franz Josef glacier behind (we couldn't exactly take it with us, could we?), we made our way south towards Wanaka and eventually to Queenstown.

We were running low on fuel and none of the garages were open as they closed at 4pm!
With hardly any left, we had to spend the night in Lake Hawea waiting for the garage to open so we could continue our journey to Queenstown.

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Fueled up and ready to go, we stopped at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World just outside Wanaka.
Puzzling World was certainly a strange place full of mind boggling puzzles. We spent the rest of the day trying to figure them all out!

In Wanaka is the Cinema Paradiso, which has comfy sofas and a Morris Minor to sit in and watch the film. The cinema was only open late in the evening, and as we needed to push on to Queenstown, had to leave it. Maybe next time!

After negotiating NZ's highest road, we finally made it to Queenstown and were greeted with a fantastic view of Lake Wakatipu with The Remarkables in the background.

Queenstown is NZ's adventure capital and the Kawarau Gorge was the birthplace of bungy by AJ Hackett.

Lee's been dying to do the Shotover Jet ever since we got to NZ. We decided on a package, which also included a helicopter ride around Queenstown, and we booked to do it the next day.

We met up with Lisa and Emma again and a few scoops with them that night. The following morning, the weather was horrendous and it was extremely doubtful that the jetboat and helicopter trip would be running.
We were told that it wasn't going to run at all that day, so we took a refund and Lee sulked off cursing the weather.

The weather wasn't getting any better, so we went to the pictures to keep dry and watched 'The Terminal' with Tom Hanks.
That evening we met up with Beth and Steve and went out and had a few beers.
We were tempted to have a drink in Minus 5 bar, where the temp is -5° and you have to wear jackets and gloves and sit on ice chairs.
However, it was NZ$20 (7 squids) per drink - so we decided against it. It was probably minus 5 outside anyway!

After brekkie with Emma and Lisa, we went to Kawarau Gorge to watch the nutters throw themselves off the 43m (130 ft) bungy bridge. We were both scared for the people doing it, but it was mesmering to watch.
After finally dragging ourselves away, we were back on the road and on our way to Te Anau.




Puzzling World - Wanaka







The old and the new VW campers. Which do you prefer?



Cinema Paradiso - Wanaka



Joo, Beth, Steve and Lee



Lake Wakatipu - the view from our campsite







Minus 5 Bar - Queenstown



A delivery of ice for Minus 5



Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown







Joo with Lisa and Emma - the last time we'd see them..... or so we thought!



AJ Hackett bungy at Kawarau Gorge










 
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