This was to be my heading.....And again a disappointment!!! Jetboat cancelled.
Date:-Sunday 26th, Left for Queenstown and a wonderful early morning glimpse of the sun across the lake.
We could have turned either way for Queenstown at Wanaka, left for the H6 and 106k or turn right along the Crown Range Pass a mere 63k No contest really, the pass it was.
|Masses of Lupins along the Pass|
|Lovely empty road|
Midday we arrived in Queenstown and driving the roads trying to find a parking spot. Parking in Queenstown was a nightmare three years ago and we were convinced it would be the same today. But the council have introduced a specific car park for motorhomes and at $1 an hour, a very reasonable price. Before we got the ticket Ian phoned the Thunder Jet team to see if parking was available outside their premises. "Good job you phoned" a staff member replied. "Unfortunately the jet boat has broken down and we are cancelling all bookings". We looked at each other in total disbelief! What is it about our trip to New Zealand this time. Seems we have had one set back after another. We had so looked forward to this so Ian did no more than ring another Jetboat operator leaving from almost the same place called K Jet Real Journeys tour. "We have plenty of room," they said. "What time would you like to go?" So at 2 pm, kitted out with Life Jackets and managing to grab the front seats (which was plastic and red hot and Ian felt sure his man bits were cooking) we sat back to enjoy the experience.
|Ian next to the driver with me next to him.|
|Strange sand sculptures|
|Taking us through the thicket|
|Over the rapids|
Setting off towards Te Anau another lovely freedom camping site was found, at Lake Wakatipu.
Wow, we have certainly been lucky in our choice of sites.
|How many sticks can one Labrador carry? Three as it turned out!|