Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
69Trip End Apr 02, 2010
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Left Queenstown early but almost lost Stuart as they tried to push him onto the SAGA holidays bus which was leaving the hotel at the time! He had to explain he was driving his own car, but did admit that the SAGA bus driving the elderly English people around NZ was very luxurious – so not bad then but I still couldn't get rid of him!
We had a brief stop at the small village of Kingston which had a most beautiful lake and the famous 'Kingston Flyer’ steam engine. Unfortunately the owners had gone bust and so it was just standing there waiting for a buyer. It was such a tranquil place with just one boat on the lake and a young lad fishing. We would have loved to have stayed longer.
However we moved on and arrived at the Lakeside Lodge in Te Anau. Robin, our host, had thought of everything and we had a lovely room with a picnic bench outside and a view of the lake at the end of the road. Robin’s garden was beautiful and Stuart was particularly impressed with his ‘hose soak’ – basically a punctured hose, but Stuart is determined to get one when he returns home!
We went for a walk around the beautiful town and around the stunning lake, bought a bottle of white wine and settled on our picnic bench watching the sailing boats bobbing by. Went to ‘The Moose’ for dinner but it was actually so hot outside, we had to go indoors!! Woohoo!!
We just loved Te Anau – it’s a beautiful little place with my love of the garden and Stuart’s passion for sailing, this would be a perfect place!