Queenstown and Milford.

Tuesday 14th August.

Left Deer Flat about 8.30 am to head to Milford, weather is looking promising, cloud should blow away by the time we get down there. Well it did clear real quick, by the time we got to the tunnel. We went and booked the boat cruise for 11 am to 12.40 pm so it would not make it to late to head back up to the tunnel. Boat trip was magic, saw dolphins, seals and penguins, was very cold but clear skies. Had lunch at the Cafe to warm up then did some wandering around, checked out Donald Sutherland’s grave, headed back out of Milford at 2 pm and took photos along the way, decided to stay at Deer Flats again, could stay there for a week, so nice. 5.30 pm time to be off the road, good timing.

Milford Sounds Milford sounds, Mitre Peak in the back ground. Snow was pretty scarce but still a magnificent sight.

Wednesday 15th

Had a good night, headed off at 8 am. Checked out mirror lakes again for a calm waters but not to be, that breeze is just too much.We went to Te Anau and had to replace the heater, went to supermarket then had lunch down by the lake Te Anau, while sitting there I looked across the road and here is a wee church made of all glass, so we went over and checked it out, just amazing, only for weddings and the view for the people having the ceremony, they look straight out to the lake and mountains. When we were finished there we carried onto  Queenstown. Got some shots of the Remarkable’s, trying to catch up with a nephew of mine there, he’s still working away from home so tuff luck, we stayed the night at Frankton really nice old park, $20 bucks a head not bad for powered site. Our N.D. filters are helpful in the middle of the day when we have sunshine. We were going on the Earnslaw TSS but they were having big fire burn off’s so I was not going to pay to look at smoke. So we recharged everything up again and downloaded images. All the water for the people of  Queenstown comes from Lake Wakatipu, so there is no water charges.

Glass Church. Te Anau

This church is for weddings and is of glass, the view is Lake Te Anau.

Remarkables

The Remarkable’s, Queenstown, as usual the weather is very overcast, but you just make the most of it. We were lucky the clouds did lift for awhile enough to get some shots.

TSS Earnslaw

Beautiful boat, TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu coming in to berth at the wharf, Queenstown, a real magic spot.

Cromwell district then heading to Milford.

Sunday 12th August.

Checked the weather  again and still best to flip the itinerary and go west. Before we left we went up the farm with Liz to bring the sheep down to lower paddocks, the dogs do all the work, thank goodness, very steep country. Was a lot of fun. Said our cheerio’s for now and thanked them very much for everything, such nice people, country folk. It rained most of the way from Omarama, we are staying at the Holiday park, Kingston Motels,  excellent park, we had hot showers and did a wash, changed the cloths and ate, feel like a million dollars now. :) Called into Cromwell on our way thru. Woke at 7.45 am Monday today and we are all set to move. Rained all night, bitterly cold. Tui’s singing in the trees, such a lovely sound. We came thru Lumsden, popped up to my dads grave. Checked out the camping ground to see if Jason was there, the place is owned by a new chap who has changed things and I think it will grow.  We carried on to Lake Manapouri, weather still no good so not wasting money on the boat trip so went onto Te Anau.  Had a cuppa in camper and a bite to eat down by the lake. Heading off to Milford. Stopped at Mirror Lakes no mirror images to windy but still pretty, cloud still low so goodness knows what it’s going to be like at Milford. We stayed the night at a doc’s camp, $5 a head, Deer Flats, just lovely, we tucked into the bushes by the Deer stream to keep out of the wind. Sand flies are still bad. I cooked up a feed to last another two nights, weather trying to clear, one more night may just help for tomorrow, at Milford. We had this wee bird a bush wren hanging about it was so funny. Then 3 bunnies came out of the thickets just before dark, they were playing around and I could see one of the parents way down the road. The chemical long drops at the doc camps are really clean and no smell. Filled up the hotty tonight, its dammmmmmmmmmm cold.

Old Cromwell Town This is Old Cromwell town been preserved, they flooded the actual town and moved what they could to higher ground.

Fruit Town, Cromwell

Cromwell is well known for it’s magnificent fruit. Their dried apricots are my favorite.

Lake Dunstan

Such a tranquil spot, Lake Dunstan was made by the flooding of the Clyde and Clutha rivers for the Dam  at Cromwell.