Thursday, November 16, 2006

Nuw Zulund, cont

After our "glacier adventures" we drove south to Queenstown along the coast. Couldn't have asked for better weather. It was the first real day of sunshine we've had in NZ. The drive was amazing, with the first half along the western coast, and the second half through the mountains and lakes to Queenstown.

Queenstown is definately in a prime location. But gee, touristy! Definately the most touristy place I've seen in NZ (and even in most other countries). The locals (if there are any left) must be mad at it all.

Took the cable car up to the top of the hill behind town.. absolutely beautiful views from up there. Chi has gone off to his day of jetboating, whitewater rafting and helicopter riding. I've given it a miss as I'm not to keen on getting wet as it's still freezing cold. Low single digits at night and mid teens during the day.

From Queenstown we headed to Te Anau, the last main town before Milford to stock up on supplies for our trek. We got lots of icky looking freeze dried meals, salami, dried beef, cheese, muesli bars, apples, rye bread and chocolate. I think each of us had about 2.5 Kg of food to carry (4 days supply + extra in case we got stuck due to avalanches or flooding). Plus other stuff like toilet paper, dish washing soap and stuff like that.

We had our last good meal at a place called Olive Tree Cafe in Te Anau and headed to our hostel. It was a wet, cold and grey evening. We packed our packs (minimal clothes, lots of food and other stuff), had a crappy dinner and headed to bed. Well not before a mini emergency when we realised we had to pick up our tickets from town (60Km round trip) at about 4pm! Anyways, got tickets, got to the hostel and got to sleep.

Next morning was, you guessed it, cold, wet and grey. We got our packs and headed down the road to the start of the famous Milford Track.

To be continued...

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