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Anita and Bernie’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 07 Feb 2008

Location: Wanaka, New Zealand

MapHi everyone - Queenstown, the Adventure capital of NZ was great but full of youngsters after adventure!! Yesterday was Waitangi Day (or NZ day) so it was like a bank holiday but no different from UK with all the shops open. They did put on a free reggae festival in the park which thousands of people attended (we walked through it for about 15 minutes). It was all left clean and tidy at the end of the festival with everyone taking their rubbish home. Could you see that happening in England?
The area where we have been and where we now are is spectacular with 360 degrees stunning vistas. Queenstown is an expensive place to have a drink - 4 beers came to 13 pounds! The ice-creams were delicious and not too expensive though. We went up the Gondola which is the steepest cablecar in the world. It travelled up 450 metres to the top of Bob's Peak. We then took a chairlift to get us even higher. Paragliders were jumping off the top of the mountain over our heads, there is a luge track that goes down pretty fast, bungy jumping from a ledge and there was a helicopter taking off next to the walking track to take people on a LOTR's tour.
Today we went to see some very brave people bungy jumping off the famous AJ Hackett bridge over the Karawau Gorge. It is 120 metres above the water level. It was very scary to watch but I was not tempted in the slightest. Bernie said that if his health allowed he would have had a go!!
We drove over the Crown range, 1000 metres high, which is through the Southern Alps. Another day of stunning scenery. We are now at Lake Wanaka looking over to the glacier on Mt Aspiring. Tomorrow we have a long journey to Fox Glacier through the Rainforest. If we can afford it we will take the helicopter to the top!! As it is a one backpacker town with very few shops we might not be able to get on the internet but please keep in touch (we have had very few e-mails recently!).