John & Anne Wiley

2017/07/05

On To Qtown

Where was I?

Oh yes, three months ago (!!) I shared pix from the last leg of our spectacular 2nd NZ South Island flight of Christmas Eve 2016. Here’s a last look, on final approach to Wanaka airport looking past the Rodeo Club and campground NNE to Lake Hāwea.

2596 Lk.Hāwea, NZWF Final

2596 Lk.Hāwea, NZWF Final

I mentioned in the April post that our next excitement for that amazing day was the drive from Wanaka to Queenstown.

192732 Over Hill

192732 Over Hill

Cardrona Valley road is beautiful, especially as we were winding down past the Crown Range toward Arrow Junction. The Kawarau River was shimmering into the distant Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu that we’d seen in the air from the other side 2 hours earlier.

193442 Magnificence Immunity

193442 Magnificence Immunity

Several times during our two flights that day and driving before, between and this one afterward, we noticed something. We’d developed temporary immunity to scenes that would normally stimulate our senses with such magnificent beauty. We didn’t even stop much during this drive, and only snapped pix like the above with cellphones! The view from our Queenstown hotel balcony did motivate me to grab the camera.

2607 Queenstown View

2607 Queenstown View

The whole panorama was of course glorious, so here’s another balcony shot across the lake.

2609 View Across Lake

2609 View Across Lake

After an especially romantic sunset meal down in the ground floor restaurant (of singularly expensive and disappointing cuisine), we set out to explore on foot.

215230 Beach Cafe

215230 Beach Cafe

There’s a lovely beach cafe, and despite dire warnings about no Christmas dining (hence the hotel restaurant), we found many other eateries open (most with a variety of great food). We also passed this monument to WWI with a view past the gathering crowd to the mountain top beyond.

215528 Service vs Self?

215528 Service vs Self?

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