Jan 19 - (cont'd) We arrive at Pencarrow
overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Our hosts, Kari and Bill, are
very accommodating and our room is fabulously appointed.
We dropped off our gear and headed into Queenstown. Our ride
up the gondola to the top of Bob's Peak afforded us a spectacular view of the
lake and valley.
We lived vicariously through the bungee jumping thrill
seekers and watched a short movie about the wonders of New Zealand.
After walking around the town, we headed back to Pencarrow to
freshen up for dinner. We drove up the canyon toward Arrow Point, saw the
jet boats that race through the canyons and a huge bungee platform.
Dinner was at Gauntley.
Jan 20 - Tues. Breakfast blew us away- the table
setting was stunning and the food was tremendous. We will spend the day
with Richard from Guided Nature Walks. Our destination is Mt Aspiring National
Park, trekking Raspberry Flat up the Rob Roy Stream.
We drive northeast up and over the Cardrona Plateau, on to
Wanaka, Gundsfeldt and on to a dirt road through a sheep, cattle and deer ranch.
We start our hike in the meadows of Raspberry Flat and go
about a quarter of a mile until we cross a suspension bridge and head up a side
We follow the glacier stream up the mountain, climbing
through fern forests and mountain meadows.
The canyon opens up to the major views of a waterfalls and
the Rob Roy glacier.
We lunch in the sun and fend off the Kea birds begging for
food and then attempting to steal it out of our packs when we are not looking.
Our entertainment while eating was watching the base jumping
performance of three people from the top of the waterfalls to the the valley
On our return, we stopped at the Rippon Winery in Gundsfedt,
home of Golf Cross, a strange game played with a football shaped ball,
reminiscent of frizbee with goalie nets. One last winery stop is at
Amisfield and we head for Pencarrow. Dinner at Thai Siam. We depart
in the morning and realize that Queenstown has many activities and beautiful
surrounding country, particularly some great hikes. Next time!
On to Doubtful Sound