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Loveday’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

MapDay 13 Methven - Mt Hutt

Left Christchurch and travelled across the picturesque Canterbury Plains. We were not able to go ballooning as hoped because of the weather so we went to the local Methven Trots. John should have backed Number SEX as it was a clear winner. Mixed with the locals and was really quite entertaining.

We then went to the Brown Pub to watch the Rugby League Test. We sat next to the open fire and basked in glory. The locals moved themselves into the public bar and cried in their beers and we were the only ones left in the lounge area - until after the Trots finished.

Day 14 Lake Pukaki - Mt Cook

Awoke to heavy frost - but no snow. There was thick ice on the car and the grass crunched underfoot - so John says! We had a hearty NZ breakfast before setting off on the inland scenic route to Geraldine where John sampled - chocolate, cheese and preserves. We then called at Mt Pleasant daffodil farm - flowers everywhere. Did you know there are over 1400 different varieties of daffodil? Neither did I.

Then on the Fairlie. Met James MacKenzie the NZ bushranger and his sheep dog Friday - in statue form.

Then the ultimate of all the quaint churches that we have seen here - The Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo. When inside the church it looks as though the altar sits on water.

Went to Mt John Observatory with a 360 degrees view over Lake Tekapo and surrounds.

Our accommodation was a cottage on Lake Pukaki - simply stunning views over the water and we could see Mt Cook and Fields of Pellinor - Lord of the Rings fame.

Earthquake 6.7 on the Richter Scale. People felt the earth moving in bed - but we slept through it!!

Day 15 - Queenstown

Visited Mt Cook village and saw Mt Cook - the Cloud Piercer - doing just that!

Travelled the scenic route via Cromwell to Queenstown - the Thrill Seeker Capital of the World - that is if it stops raining.

Travelled to Glenorchy - rain, rain, rain! We can only imagine how beautiful the scenery would be with steep mountains with snow coming right down to the lake, etc. We could see it but not in its full glory.

Our accommodation was right on Lake Wakatipu - hot log fire - relaxed.