Friday, July 7, 2017


Queenstown is located on a very large lake, Wakatipu, that is ringed by mountains.  At the bottom end of the lake is Kingston, which originally was connected to the south coast at Invercargill by rail and later, highways.  Queenstown was supplied from Kingston by a steamboat.

In current times, Queenstown is the hub for tourism on the southern portion of the south island.  It is the gateway to Fiordlands national park and those mountains that surround the town and lake support skiing and other sports.  The town itself is mostly lodging, restaurants and shops.

We stayed in Queenstown for two nights.  Our first full day, we took an all day bus excursion to a boat tour of Milford Sound.   It was a four hour bus ride each way coupled with a two hour boat tour.  The scenery there and along the way was some of the most fantastic of the whole trip and, unlike our day on the TransAlpine Express, the weather cooperated 100%.

First stop for the bus, Te Anau, on Lake Te Anau

Fiordland National Park

Tourists!  ...and a tour bus.

A Kea.  If a parrot had to be a hawk, it would be a Kea.

Milford Sound cruise.  Our boat.

Looking back toward Milford

Kinda like Maid of the Mist.

At the edge of the Tasman Sea

One of the larger water falls

That evening, we strolled in the cold out to the town park, where they had a winter light show.  I guess it doesn't get dark enough, soon enough to enjoy lights at Christmas, so they do them in the winter.  It had a little bit of everything, from talking faces projected on trees, to geometric shapes with shifting colors.

The next morning, we had some time before having to pack and head for the airport, so we went to breakfast at Fergburger - a well known, open air, burger restaurant.  We had their breakfast sandwiches, which had to rival their famous burgers.  They were delicious.

Waiting for our breakfast sandwhich
 After breakfast, I took the cable car to the top of the hill while Patti and Dan took a walk along the lake.

Queenstown.  All of it.  The Remarkables (mountains in the background)

The harbor at Queenstown
Making snow on the slopes.

Up on the mountain, you never know what will fly by.
Sometimes small...

...sometimes much bigger.

That does it for the south island.  On to the north island (and some warmer weather)

A last look at Lake Wakatipu

New Zealand Alps

On to Wellington


  1. WOW! And we thought we had seen it all. Is there no end to the beauty down there?

  2. Sailing thru Milford Sound was an exceptional day in my life! I was in awe of the beauty and the serenity of it!


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