Wednesday, 21 September 2011

New Zealand 2011. September 11th. Dunedin to Queenstown.

The plan was to have an early start to Queenstown, but due to the previous nights revelry this did not happen.
To clear out any cobwebs left by the night before we walked up Baldwin Street. Everything in New Zealand seems to have a tag line attached and Baldwin Street is no exception, this is ‘The Steepest Street in the World’. We walked up it, just to say we did and saw many people practicing for the ‘Gut Buster’ race that will be held on 18th September 2011, when contestants run to the top then back down again. They also have a 'Jaffa Rolling Contest' on this street. but the Jaffa's are not the UK type Jaffa Cake. This is a bright red. hard coated, chocolate ball. I thought it would be like a Revel until I tasted it??
At about 13.00, we set off to drive to Queenstown. The roads to Queenstown have been tagged “The Gold Route”, then subdivided into the ‘Fruit’ and ‘Art Deco” Routes. Today we took the ‘Fruit Route’, This road followed the course of the Clutha River, taking us through the towns of Lawrence, Roxburgh arriving in Alexandra. As it is spring in New Zealand the blossom on the many fruit trees on the route was in full bloom and the sheep were producing lamb upon lamb, I even saw some being born as we whizzed pass in the camper van.
Wynyard Cottage in Queenstown, http://www.wynyardcottage.co.nz/ had been booked over 18 months ago, and more than lived up to the web page photos. The house sleeps six, with two double bedrooms and a room with twin beds. Two bathrooms, kitchen, BBQ, sitting room etc, and best of all: a view to die for. Words just cannot justify Wynyard Cottage and Queenstown and the views, it is simply idyllic.
Sat on the balcony eating my Brecki, looking at this. Does life get any better?
So tonight we went to the Pig & Whistle for some dinner and to watch a match then got off to bed to ensure that we are refreshed when we book our adventures in the self styled ‘Adventure Capital of The World’ tomorrow.