On the drive back we stopped at a few more scenic places, Chasm & Mirror Lakes. Spent night in Te Anau.
Mon 15th – Doubtful Sound – You can only get to Doubtful Sound on organized trips and we found a cruise at a reasonable price. It was a small family company and just 20 people on the tour – not like some of the coach loads that fill huge boats. The trip started at Lake Manapouri where we took a boat across the Lake to Wilmot Pass and the Manapouri Underground Power Station. We had a brief tour of the Power Station then went across the Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. The Wilmot Pass was built as part of the Power Station project and is only accessible by water hence you can't get there independently.
Wed 17th – Today we left Queenstown – weather was marginally better: the rain wasn't so heavy. We made it as far as the outskirts of Queenstown and stopped to watch the AJ Hackett bungy. It's quite addictive watching people jump off; some people are boring and dive off calmly, it's the people who are obviously having second thoughts and get a little nudge from the staff that make it entertaining to watch. Not quite ready for a bungy myself so I do have respect to those who do jump.
We popped into an I-site to check out the weather at Mount Cook and it turns out the road to Milford is now closed until the weekend due to snow so we were lucky to get there!
We decided to press on and check out Lake Tekapo – another beautiful blue lake with a cute little church perched on the waterfront. The Holiday Park looked pretty ropey so even though it was 7.30pm we decided to go another 50km's to a Top10 campground in Fairlie…. And when we arrived it said free wifi!! Yeah!! Well only kind of because the connection is pretty lousy but hey ho, it's free.
Thur 18th – Christchurch. Parked up in the good old Top Ten Holiday Park – this was another very nice one, and busy too! Got bus into the City and wandered round for an hour or so. Really quiet town, even if it was a Thursday afternoon. Weren't really in mood for any more touristy stuff so chilled in Starbucks and started reading LP about Australia. Went out for dinner as it was our last night in NZ – had a good Indian (not as good as UK but tasty) and a beer.
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