Queenstown to Te Anau
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
57Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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After that we stopped at the local McDonalds for coffee and internet and then it was on to Te Anau, another 3 hr drive. But as we’ve come to learn, the scenery is to die for. This is an amazing country of views that keep us waiting for the next turn in the road. We’re traveling on 2 lane road and there’s nobody on them. Our Mercedes campervan can do 60-70 with no problem. Diesel is $1.50 per liter.
Leaving Queenstown we drove along Lake Wakatipu. Again, this lake reminded us of Lake Chelan a bit, except the mountains on each side rose dramatically to peaks like you’d see in the Sierra Nevada’s, or the Alps. This area is known as the Southern Alps. And we’ve only just begun to experience them.
As we were driving today, Karen spotted this sign out in the middle of nowhere. It is actually in Southland. Anyway, the next door neighbor was a pottery/antique store. Keep in mind this is all on a 2 lane highway in the middle of nowhere. So I stopped at the store I knew Karen would go to, and I walked next door to Stu’s Fly Shop. www.stusflyshop.com This area of NZ is world famous for fishing. So I went to the front door that had 3 heavy steel door locks and sure enough it was closed
Then it was on to Lake Te Anau to our next Top 10 Holiday Park. We’re parked next to a younger couple from Finland. We talked with them about their travels and compared notes on places they’ve been and where we’ve been. This is a typical situation at the parks we stay at. The parks are $40-50 per night. Most “holiday" parks have full shower/bath facilities, communal kitchens, Unisex baths… and separate, BBQ, laundry, saunas sometimes, power, water, and dump stations that are very well engineered. It gets to be a real international mix of food, conversation and stories. Very fun compared to the U.S.