Apr 122007

Tom and I never managed to hook up today – mostly because the weather has turned to shit. Well, the season has started to change and it was raining quite hard last night in ‘Queenie’.

I’ll be spending Friday night somewhere on Milford Sound as part of an overnight boat trip so I am going to escape Queenstown tomorrow or early Friday, not having even been out for a beer here (that doesn’t include takeaways while sitting in the crappy Top 10 TV lounge!).

(Picture : Queenstown from Remarkables ski road) I’m intentionally going to shun all the expensive pastimes here (and there are too many) to try and save my wallet – no Shotover Jet (one thing I initially really wanted to do), no Canyon Swing (hmmm…would still like to do this), no Bungee (sore eyes the last time) and no anything else. For the moment. Although I am tempted to go for a dive at Milford as it would be so different.

(Picture : Glenorchy hills) I eventually summoned enough get up and go when the rain started to die and drove along to Glenorchy for a wee peek. This is the starting point for several Great Walks (which it looks like I am also going to shun!?!).

I then drove back into town and up to the Remarkables ski resort which is an interesting road to say the least. I gravel road with tighter switchbacks than the French Alps, but you get glorious views over Queenstown and around. I started to see cars coming back with a covering of snow as I got my first glimpse of the resort.

With this I also noticed the temperature gauge on the car starting to rocket, despite the sub zero temperature and the wind blowing a hoolie outside….so I turned back to town a few kilometres short.

I may stay another night in Queenstown, or head to Te Anau tomorrow and break up the journey to Milford a bit.

Storm clouds above Queenstown.

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