Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 30, 2009

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Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We start by having an entertaining conversation with Claire on Skype. She leaves tomorrow morning (this evening for us) to fly to New Zealand. We can't wait to see her although we won't meet up until the 19th or 20th. She sounds well sorted and we know that she will enjoy the adventure.

The weather is much better than yesterday.

Bill Hamilton, a NZ farmer invented the jetboat in the 1950s as a highly manoeverable craft that would allow him to travel up shallow rivers. Jetboat rides are now a major tourist attraction. We start the day by going with one of the biggest operators on a ride up the Shotover River Canyon.

We have come to realise that most NZ adrenaline producing activities are preceeded by the application fancy dress, this time we put on a novelty outfit involving a long spray-resistant coat (similar to those worn in hairdressers....) and lifejacket. We then spend the next 40 minutes hurtling up a narrow canyon, heading in toward walls then turning at the last minute and doing 360 degree spins. Great fun and breakfast stayed down.

We leave Queenstown and head north on the mountain road to Wanaka stopping only so that Janice can visit the bungy site. As we climb there are spectacularly clear views back to Queenstown. Wanaka is somewhere we hadn't really heard of before but it is apparently one of the fastest growing towns in New Zealand. The setting is beautiful, looking onto a blue lake stretching to the Mount Aspiring range. We book in to a campground and set off on bikes in the sun round the lakeside track for about 3-4km. Janice goes for a paddle. We cycle back and tour round the small town. In contrast to Queenstown it has a chilled air. Janice relaxes and I ride for 12 km or so on a gravel track round the lake in the other direction.

We resist the temptations of several restaurants and have the last of our Tuatapere sausages in rolls with side orders of baked beans while sitting outside our campervan drinking beer in the evening sun. Lovely.

PS Tuatapere sausages may have been voted New Zealand's best but in our amateur view their pork and apple offerings aren't as good as Tesco's.
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