Queenstown Travel Blog› entry 18 of 33 › view all entries
On the way to Queenstown we stopped in Old Cromwell Town, which was painstakingly disassembled and rebuilt on higher ground when they decided to flood the valley to build a hydro-electric dam between 1978 and 1992. It is a very quaint town in comparison with new Cromwell, which is pretty much an outside shopping mall.
We arrived in Queenstown in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day having lunch by the lake and exploring the town.
The next morning we decided to be energetic, so went to the gym. In the afternoon we went canyoning in a gorge at the Twelve Mile Delta on the road to Glenorchy. The water was not far off freezing, a lovely 8 degrees Celcius, glacial melt water.
The following day we had a relaxed morning, James feeling a bit sore from the day before (more from the gym than the canyoning) and in the afternoon we headed up to Glenorchy, about 50 kms along Lake Wakatipu. This afternoon we had a horse trek booked in. We set off from the base, Cecilia on Riley and James on George. Along the very scenic route, we took in sights from the filming of Lord of the Rings, such as the Hills of Isengard and the Misty Mountains. Riley was actually in the film! Towards the end Cecilia, being the only experienced rider on the tour, was able to take Riley for a bit of a canter and got lost. Riley was not a happy horse! The horses are so used to being together all the time so he was neighing and neighing to try to get in contact with his pals. They found the clover paddock we passed right at the beginning of the tour and he calmed down. Now he had his favorite food! The others were not far behind.
We spent the night parked up on a beach along the lake. Unfortunately we got stuck in the gravel. In the morning we were working hard to try to get out, not having much luck, but fortunately a friendly local pulled us out with his Land Rover. Bloody pomms!