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Sunset view of The Remarkables from our apartment in Queenstown.

Headed back to Queenstown today for another 2 nights.  Noel got up really early to see the sunrise (said it was great, but Melissa stayed in bed!).  First stop on the trip back down was High Country Salmon, this is a much smaller enterprise than the Mount Cook farm but the salmon is also much cheaper and looked a bit fresher too.  We bought a lovely fillet to have for dinner (and it was delicious!).  Drove back over Lindis Pass and then down SH6, to try the third and only remaining route back to Queenstown from this direction - probably the least scenic of the three but the easiest to drive.  Had our picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Dunstan just north of Cromwell.

The TSS Earnslaw coming into Queenstown.
  Stopped at Peregrine Winery and had a lovely chat (and tasting) with Glenys - hope she does buy her motor home and travel around!!  Bought a nice riesling to have with our salmon dinner (was also delicious!) then headed down to Gibbston Valley Cheese where we indulged in a platter of the local cheeses - we can see a theme emerging today, lots of food and wine!  Stopped at Karawau Bridge to watch the bungy jumpers.  This was the site of the first bungy in the world, run by AJ Hackett.  It's not the biggest jump but is very scenic and obviously has some historic value.  A Contiki tour bus arrived just after us so had the opportunity to watch lots of young and foolish youth jump off the bridge. 

The next day was pretty easy, went on a cruise with the TSS Earnslaw across the lake (generally $40pp but bought it as part of a package with our Sounds trips to come, so basically got it for free) which was very relaxing (apart from the piano player at the back of the boat encouraging the oldies to sing-along to hits of yesteryear - was much more relaxing out the front after that!!  The weather was once again fantastic, so really enjoyed the trip.  The Earnslaw was launched in 1912 and still carries cargo across to the more remote stations around the lake - indeed this trip had a Subaru car perched at the front, which was then winched off at Walter Peak Station, much quicker than driving around we suppose.  Then wandered around the Botanic Gardens enjoying an icecream from the Patagonia Chocolatier - handmade ice cream and cone, quite expensive but absolutely delicious.

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Sunset view of The Remarkables fro…
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The TSS Earnslaw coming into Queen…
The TSS Earnslaw coming into Quee…
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