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Queenstown

Wednesday

sunny 21 °C
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Wow what a day! Again we are blessed with fantastic sunny weather as we drove the short distance from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon. At the beginning of the gold rush here no track or road was present in Skippers Canyon. Tracks were formed by the miners through the Canyon. Today Skippers Canyon road is very narrow and scary but has amazing scenery despite the narrow gravel road. Not even wide enough to pass another car so great care is required. Our driver assured us he had never lost anyone over the edge of the sheer drops of several hundred metres! There are sweeping views along the gorge and of the Shotover river below as the road twists and turns for about 16.5 miles. One of the most famous places on the road is Skippers Bridge which is 96 metres long and 90 metres high and was used for Bungy Jumping but I passed on that one!!! We stopped at the restored brick built school and home stead renovated in 1993-95

However on our returned I did stop for a ride on 'The worlds most exciting Jet Boat Ride at Shotover Jet. Let's just say it did not disappoint If you would like to see the photos and video of me getting soaked please go to www.shotoverjet.com. Click on 'find your photos and enter the photo code SHJT569TG4SC

The finale for today was an evening Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak at the other end of Lake Wakatipo from Queenstown The TSS Earnslaw was one of a number of vessels providing access to isolated sheep farms around the lake in the 1800s. We enjoyed a fabulous BBQ Meal at Walter Peak and a sheep dog and sheep shearing demonstration with a Sing song on the return journey

Posted by Keithviner 02:31 Archived in New Zealand

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