Back to Queenstown
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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 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.