Lake Wakatipu.

Thursday 16th August.

Beautiful fine day.  Got up early and went down to the shore line as the sun was coming up over the hills, what a sight, so got some shots. We had a great trip to Wanaka via Cardrona. Stopped at the lookout, it was blowing a gale and so hard to take photo’s. Got to Lake Hayes and stopped there for a look around then carried onto Arrowtown, walked the streets and the old buildings have really been looked after, bought some lunch and headed onto Glendhu Bay, lovely spot, great van park $16 each a night for power, so quiet and the views are lovely. I did a big cook up again to last over the next few days, recharged everything up for the next round. We went down and looked at the Shotover Bridge, old and new, we were lucky enough to get a speed boat coming thru both ways.

Lake Wakatipu in first light This is the first light that was peeping in over the hills onto the foreshores of Lake Wakatipu, even the mud flats look lovely in this lighting.

Shot-over River

This is a view from the old shot-over bridge looking up the Kawarau river towards the new shot-over bridge, the edge of the Remarkable’s in back ground. Kawarau Jet boat came through as well.

Arrowtown

Arrowtown, the way it’s all set out, takes one back in time, beautiful food, wines and shops. A must to see.

From Cardrona Range

This is the view from top of the Crown range going to Cardrona/Wanaka. Queenstown is down on the waters edge, great view of the valley. It was so windy could hardly stand up straight  to get the photo.

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.