Hello there pup!Hope alls well across the ditch our baby!
Our last day in Queenstown was magic, well on the mountain anyway.
Up early again for the first bus up, and we were rewarded with gorgeous soft snow, and after an hour or so, the sun came out in all its glory and we were in a sparkling winter wonderland!
We started off warming up on the magic carpet and Alta runs, before hitting the sugar bowl for a few laps, then up to Curvey Basin and another stop at the ice bar! This time it was all of us, G2 & G3 got brave and came too!
We all successfully made it down, and hit Sugar a few more times, making the most of the magic conditions!
I’m happy to report that the whole family managed a few jumps on the Park run, with Dad being the bravest and taking on the most!
He did come unstuck at one point and has the skin off to prove it.
We’ve absolutely loved our time on the snow, and will be saving every penny to get back to it in a few years (or quite a few). Might try Aussie slopes next time!
It’s definitely one of the more expensive past times. But such a great experience!
One more hairy bus trip down the mountain, and we were straight off, hitting the road to our current destination of Te Anau.
It was a gorgeous drive, following Queenstowns lake for a great part of it.
More sheep than I’ve ever thought possible, and gorgeous views!
We were very surprised to see pandanus palms poking their leafy heads out of beds of ferns!
An unidentifiable squeak in the van seen a driver change, with mum taking the wheel while Dad “investigated” every square inch of the interior.
He’s weird like that.
We arrived here shortly before sunset, and were again rewarded with the most beautiful vista.
The lake here is stunning, dark and flat, surrounded by mountains, the distant ones with snow caps.
Mum and G1 spotted a sign for underground Trout viewing along the lake, and convinced G2 and G3 to accompany them.
Dad opted to stay at the van, and partake in some NZ gold.
The rest of us chased the gold of the sunset, and ended up walking the entire length Of the town, back to where we entered town, to see the Trout, and take in the gorgeousness of the Lake!
Mum and I were very glad that none of the girls have read or watched IT, as the “viewing” area was quite suspect. Particularly in the fading light.
But we soldiered on, mum going in first, put our $2 in the slot, and pushed through some old turnstiles into the viewing pit, I mean room.
It was actually pretty cool.
There were half a dozen Trout doing their thing, and mum and the girls are a sucker for any type of aquarium, so alls well that ends well.
We trekked on back the van, some of us whining about how far we’ve walked on this holiday, some of us complaining that our knees hurt, and one us assuring everyone that it wasn’t that far, and I think I can see it!
Mums a trooper.
The camp kitchen here is smick-o, so it was really lovely to cook up a quick dinner, and get sorted for our day tomorrow.
And boy, I really don’t think there’s any better feeling than showering after a 3 day spell.
We’ve all ditched the thermals as the weathers certainly not snow conditions from here on out.
Every muscle in every body is making the crew know their alive, skiing is an awesome all body work out! And with no end of activities on the horizon, were making the most of our rest time.
And the free wifi!
Having said that, I’m out!
We love you little Willow!
Nigh nigh pup,
Love Stan xx