Pictures of New Zealand's South Island
Lakes Whakatipu, Manapouri and Doubtful Sound.
Days 16 to 18
Thompson's Tavern, high over the Shotover river, with its open-air
cliff top bathroom, gushing fresh water beer cooler and all, was clearly the most
wacky and 'out there' of our overnight stopovers. Hi Dave :) From here it seemed we must break the spell and face the glitz of Queenstown.
We were reluctant.
where nature's colours matched our mood
With eyes only for the lake and mountains, we drove blinkered through the razzamatazz,
then meandered up the northern shore of Lake Whakatipu to Glenorchy and the Dart River Valley.
A realisation that we were days behind schedule, had us decide we needed miles behind us. Again we closed eyes and drove back through the tourists. Then gleefully we hoofed it through to Fiordland.
And so woke to the tranquility of Manapouri.
Looking down on Doubtful Sound
And a day on boats and buses exploring the lake, the power station,
the plants and Doubtful Sound. Not to mention picking up a like spirit
who was FOCing around New Zealand. Hi Paula :)
Liverwort smothering damp shady cliff face.
Waterfall in Doubtful Sound
Seals at Ocean End of Doubtful Sound
Blanket Bay Hotel
Not any picture we'd ever seen, nor Paula's 'dramaaatic' warning, gave us a hint of the majesty of tomorrow.
And on to Milford
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