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Published: March 10th 2008
Had a few days of relative peace, just wanted to share some photo's with you.
There's a bit of a theme today. Spot the deliberate mistake (not spelling mistakes)
Been visiting lakes, waterfalls and mountains, all pretty stunning.
Arrived in Queenstown today. The place is designed purely for adrenalin junkies. Staying here a while.
Lake Matheson was gorgeous. Mirror lake. Had to get there early before the ducks got up and moved the surface of the water around spoilling it for us. Not sure how well you can see in the photo, (have plenty more if not) but along the edge of the lake, there's lots of spikey plants. Give a really cool reflection in the water. Looks a lot like they've been planted just to be pretty.
Were intstucted to walk around the lake, "should take about 45mins" says our dozey driver. Most fancied an aimless wander and must have walked to the first view point and headed back. Can't walk that slowly so I strided out. Much better view further round the lake anyway. After about 40 mins I came to a sign saying carpark 45mins back, 40 mins forwards. Oh crap. Had to be on
the bus in 35 mins. Not long after was "reflection island". Perfect viewing platform in middle of lake. Impossible to resist. Didn't quite end up jogging, but walked as fast as my tired legs could manage. Another girl caught up with me half a mile from the carpark. She didn't have a watch so panicked when reached that sign. Had to jog. Then she put the fear of god in me by saying she thought there was 2 car parks. Spectacularly beautiful area, but not somewhere to get stuck and spend the night with only shorts and t-shirt to keep me warm. Made for an entertaining walk anyway.
Afternoon spent travelling south, stopping to look at Thunderfalls and Lake Hawea (I think that's how it's spelt, don't complain me if you know I'm wrong). Followed by nice walk up a steep hill. Was perfectly happy going up. Legs worked fine. Coming down I suddenly felt the affect of a days clambering round the galcier. Knees not work. Poor stiff legs complained bitterly about being made to walk down steep, rocky slopes. Was quite a slow decent. Listening to "The Golden Compass" so didn't really care if it took all
day, but may take the full 7 hours to do the Tongaririo Crossing (Mt Doom) fine going up, but won't have massive eagle to get me down.
Last little town was Wanaka, sweet little tourist town with huge lake. Nice walk 'up' hill and fun museum. Puzzling World. Huge 3D Maze to get lost in, lots of wierd rooms with optical illusions, water flowing up, faces following you round the room that sort of thing. Cafe was wonderful. They do a superb bacon buttie, and all the tables had daft puzzles for everyone to try. Was a bit like playschool with everyone crouched around their little blocks of wood trying in vain to make the cube, or the dog shape. Could have stayed there all day. Had another appointment that afternoon. Photo's and explanation to follow whe I've finished the Thrillogy. (just excting knitting patterns obviously)
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