November 2, 2008 – Queenstown, Central Otaga, New Zealand
It’s 8 p.m. after the first warm day we’ve had since Napier. I’ve been writing for over an hour and am tired. So today’s update will be blessedly short.
Robin likes aerial views so we hopped the gondola and headed up the mountain. The area is an outdoor sports mecca. In just the small area atop the gondola it’s possible to enjoy paragliding, luge, hiking, dining, or just taking in the view of The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu, and the boaters, parasailers, and steamboat enthusiasts taking the SS Earnslaw [the only working steamship in the southern hemisphere, built in 1811] to visit the high country farm of Walter Peak.
Lunch was meat pies in the café at the top of the mountain. After a hike along a short loop around the mountain, we headed down into Queenstown for a walk in the botanical garden.
Now it’s evening. I’ve run out of words. And we’ll head downtown to an Internet café to upload to the blog. We’ll be sorry to leave Queenstown, which feels like a combination of a miniature Kelowna, with shades of mountain-ringed Banff.