Queenstown and Skippers Canyon (in Jetboat 125)

Queenstown Travel Blog

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Skippers canyon on the Shotover river

Freezing cold but utterly stunning morning, as we drove over the mountain and looked back down at the valley a hot air balloon started to rise out of the valley floor. We both aggreed that it was the absolutely perfect morning for it (shame it cost $300 for an hour!)

The ride over to the jetboat was through an historic road, first put in so that they could access the alluvial gold in the shotover river (second biggest gold producing alluvial river in the world - if you believe the signage). The ride over was spectacular if a little bit scary at times, but we finally arrived at the bottom of a gorge on a shingle beach in the freezing cold. A rumbling from above us indicated that our boats were arriving... a bit like Jetboat 125 but a little bit faster ;-)

It was a bit of a strange feeling to be going the wrong way up a river, even stranger going 60km/per the wrong way up the river, occasionally stopping to do 360 spins. Grinning faces all round, although that might have just been the freezing conditions. The whole trip was fantastic and if anyone wants to buy me a jetboat for my birthday they are more than welcome.

Our afternoon in Queenstown was very leisurely, when we got back out into the glorious sunshine it was significantly warmer, so we took the oppurutunity of going up the gondala onto the mountain overlooking queenstown, to read our books, eat ice cream and run the luge. The evening continued the in same vein, accept for a change in location to a pub on the harbour.

Finally, we went for a superb dinner (It was going to happen eventually, the food on the whole has been decidedly average), venison and red wine in a fantastic pub. An utterly superb day xx

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