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Oct 19, 2017 - So much fun!

What a jammed packed day! Woke up super early... 7am... and had breakfast. Met up with a few others at reception and walked to the meeting point for white water rafting! The outside air temp was about 8 degrees (I'm worldly now so I discuss in Celsius... F). We get to the base of the mountain to get fitted for thick wet suits. Wetsuit overall pants, thick wetsuit jacket, wetsuit shoes with socks, a waterproof jacket, and a lifevest. We jumped back into the van and drove about 40 minutes over the most dangerous road in New Zealand....

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Oct 18, 2017 - Free day

Ugh. Just a bit of a hangover. But nothing to slow me down. Today's my free day in Queenstown, so I grabbed a quick breakfast, and made plans with Lisa to go on a 2 hour hike called Queenstown hill hike. It was so steep! Took us over an hour to get to the top. But so worth it! The view over Queenstown was remarkable. The walk down didn't take as long as we were back at the hotel about 12. Lisa and I were starving after the hike, so we checked with anyone who wanted to join us for lunch and grabbed Fergburger (burger #2). Still delicous!...

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Oct 17, 2017 - Fergburger!!

Woke a bit early this morning... some of us scheduled a helicopter ride to the top of that glacier to hike around. Unfortunately, the weather during the hike was predicted to get really bad so they had to cancel the flight. Instead we did a walking tour to a lookout point for the glacier. It was still amazing how much power the glacier had in creating the canyon. We even got close enough to put our hands on the water that was melting from the glacier... it honestly felt colder than ice water! After the hike we jumped on the bus, and left...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Queenstown

October 1, 2017 First day of summer in NZ! Somewhat sunny morning and are hoping for a nice day full of adventure! Bathrooms are A++, even have wide rain shower heads! Off to town and to our normal parking spot. ISite was able to book us on the Dart River Safari at 1:00 so we had time to ride the gondola. No luge, bungee jumping, biking don or eating. We had some spectacular views of Qtown, Lake Wakatipu, gardens etc. On the way back we watched the hang gliders land in the soccer field near where we parked. Packed some food for our 45...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Queenstown and Arrowtown

September 30, 2017 I forgot to report last night that Bob finally found the elusive “old style” long sleeve, heavy cotton rugby shirt that we have been chasing all over NZ. We went to yet again another Champion Sport store on a lark and there it was. He soooo happy! We also realized there are 2 Top 10 camps and the one we are staying in is the Shotover Top 10 about 6 kms towards Arrowtown. It is a VERY nicely situated camp, pretty much all new and very well stocked. In the 30’s last night and we don’t have a floor heater in this rig as we...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Cromwell to Queenstown

September 29, 2017 Stunned ourselves by not awakening until after 9:00!! Beautiful, somewhat warm morning so we were optimistic by putting on shorts! Laundry etc. so did not leave camp until almost noon. We are supposed to stay at Aurum Winery in town tomorrow night through okay 2 Stay but because of our trip reconfiguration will be in Queenstown. Stopped by and spoke with Lucy, the French winemaker, who said we could email and stay when we liked. She seemed very convivial and we look forward to our visit which will be whenever we decided...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Dunedin to Cromwell

September 28, 2017 Cool, windy but gloriously sunny. Very large Pac n Save where we shopped. We noticed a big difference in variety, prepared foods and even coffees to go! Unadventurous ride for the most part south on SR 1 and north SR8. Check engine oil light came on so we pulled over to assure ourselves we had oil! Called Britz (again!) and they said it was a common issue and not to worry. Lots of rather steep terrain, rock strewn terrain, road work and 45 kph turns on the way up SR8. We are not in season but there are lots of stone fruit...

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Sep 24, 2017 - A day in Thrilltown!

Queenstown - thrill seeker capital of New Zealand, if not the world! Home of the original bungy jump; jet boats; extreme hiking; skiing galore; and the newest thing - Hydro Attack, a semi-submersible jet ski thingy! Not surprisingly, we did NOT opt for one of those; instead, we elected to spend our morning on the Million Dollar Cruise. Now, it did not cost that - in fact, it was quite cheap! - but it cruises around the Frankton Arm of the Lake Wakapitu, alongside the countries first million dollar suburb! There was more to see than...

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Aug 5, 2017 - The furthest place from home... Queenstown

We arrived back from Milford and immediately went on another small but amazing road trip to a place called Glenorchy. Actually there is nothing to do in Glenorchy but the drive there is so stunning that's it's worth it for the drive alone. The entire time the journey followed the beautiful lake and mountains and we were able to get some breathtaking views and amazing pictures of the mountains reflecting in the almost still lake. After our roadtrip we took a walk through Queenstown itself which is a charming little alpine village which has...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Skiing & Sheeping

So much to do and so little time....we elected to divide and conquer today with Shea and Yates going to ski/snowboard at Coronet Peak and Helen and I heading out to Walter's Peak Sheep Station. For Yates, this was his first opportunity to ski/snowboard and he and Shea made the most of it. Based on the pics and the fact that Yates fell asleep about 5 minutes after we got back to the Rees, I would say it was a successful day. For Helen and me, we started out by taking the TSS Earnslaw, a steam powered vessel built in 1912, for a 45 minute...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Milford Sound Excursion

Started the day with a great run along Lake Wakatipu. Really nice trail that takes you into the city and actually saw my first and only vehicle w a steering wheel on the left. Came back, rented bikes and took kids on a bike ride in the oppposite direction. Stopped for 2 flat whites and a got hot chocolate for Yates at a cool boat house/restaurant on the lake. After that we headed to Helicopter Line and rode with Keith over to Milford Sound. Far and away, the highlight of the trip. Views were beautiful and landed on top of a glacier for a...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Queenstown as good as advertised

Queenstown definitely delivered on all its promise today. From the ride up the gondola to the luge races at the top of the mountain to the Shotover jet boat ride, our day was a blast. And for what it is worth, the pre-paid lunch at the top of the Skyline Gondola was actually incredible and way better than expected. They had everything from an elaborate cheese section to sushi to soups to roasted chicken. And the view, as you will see from the attached pic, legitimately may be the BEST view I've ever seen. Highly recommend the KJets for...

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