Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
332Trip End Jan 19, 2007
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Got our bus to Lake Manapouri for our boat to take us over the lake to then get our bus to then take us to the next lake for us boat to Doubtful Sound. Is pretty remote and very few tourists come here which makes it better in some ways to Milford. Small group of 15 of us on the trip with a great guide, Steve, took us across the lake where the weather was a bit drizzly. At the other end started to see the underwater power station that has been built here and then got a bus down one of the tunnels to be shown the main area of it. Was pretty interesting and certainly better than flooding the whole area unlike in Tasmania/China. Bus then took us down another amazing valley to the bigger boat that was to take us across the fjord/sound and out to the sea. Weather was cloudy again but dry and had a lovely cruise around particularly great as we saw about 6 dolphins feeding in the shallows on the way out - millions of photos taken here
Had been raining all day in Te Anau! Back to the van and decided to drive up to Queenstown as needed internet and to do some more work on Oz application so we could send the forms off tomorrow. Pretty grim drive but got to Queenstown about 9ish and had a Chinese meal out (special treat) as was pretty cold out. Drove towards Glenorchy - west up the lake to find a spot to camp. You are never sure when you park up in the dark if its ok or not and whats around you (e.g a building site) but we are rarely disappointed!