We only made it out towards Glenorchy today. We stopped there for coffee then drove around to Kinloch where we climbed the treehouse, threw rocks into the lake and river and played on the beach. We picked up a couple of British blokes needing a ride. They had just finished the Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks and had a long, long trek back to their car at the head of the Routeburn Track. We drove them all the way to their car. After a toilet break we drove out on an out-of-the-way road up the Rees Valley which turned out to be spectacular. We then walked quite a distance on the Rees/Dart Track. Not another soul in sight. Bliss.
It is now 5pm and we are headed back to our house to eat dinner. More adventures tomorrow.
Above photo is on the road to Glenorchy from Queenstown.
Today we plan to see Glenorchy, Arrowtown and then some things around Queenstown. We actually had a minute of sunshine, the first we have had since we landed here. It is sprinkling rain. I can live with that.
We went shopping last night at New World. Instead of spending so much money on going out for meals we can cook some at the house.
View from our rental house in Queenstown. We are staying here 4 nights. It is raining.
Overcast day without rain. We rolled out of bed and hurried to get out the door to see the glacier in case of rain. Short drive to the car park. The path up to the glacier was an hour or so return. The kids rocked it and didn’t complain one bit until the very end. This was miraculous because it was a fairly steep climb up the path. Another very sad sight…this glacier has retreated as well. It doesn’t seem as bad as Franz Josef but still much further back than it was in 2006. Now we are off to Lake Matheson to NOT see Mt Cook.
The rain stopped when we got into the mountains. The wispy clouds hugged the mountains and it was gorgeous. We had an encounter with cheeky keas trying to chew the car antennae. We are now at our motel in Greymouth where the sun is shining. Off to enjoy the rest of the daylight. Tom will post some photos later tonight.
Blue Mountains, Australia
The babies are green. Then they turn orange like this one. The adults are black. Ugh.