(Jan) Today we drove back to Queenstown
in find but very blustery weather. We found out later there's been some nasty accidents on South Island as a result of the wind. We saw some lovely rainbows for the first few miles until it became sunnier away from the mountains.
We stopped at Kingston as we had some spare time to have a look at the other side of Lade Wakatipu and the steam train due in. We spent a pleasant time in the cafe looking through the books the township had made on their history for the millenium. We found Bumbles Backpackers no problem and it's got a lovely view over the lake again. We've been really spoilt. It seems a good place although it packs the people in and isn't what you'd call homely.
Those were the days
Queenstown has got loads of shops and we bought a few more presents. We spent a pleasant hour around the kiwi and bird centre. Actually saw kiwi being fed. They are very sweet and lollop along, poking around with their long beaks. I can understand why the Kiwis are fond of their kiwi.
(Rob) In the evening, we decided to take a walk on the creek which is a steady climb through dense woodland and mountain streams. We also saw an unusual bird (Jan - We checked it out the next day in the rangers offices and found it was very common!) which was flying at close range singing to his mate, (Phyllis?) Given the fading light and our unfamiliarity with the area, we made a decision to turn back. It could have been easy to get lost and we didn't want to do an 'Alan (Steve) & Christine' and call for helicopter rescue.
It was a lovely walk and the views from our highest climb were lovely - clouds tinged with the evening light - pinks, oranges and purples. The finale to our evening took the shape of street entertainment in the town - an opera singer! and a woman from Canada who was brilliant in terms of captivating the large crowd with her use of the audience in her wit and trickery - superb and memorable