Day Twenty Nine: Queenstown to Te Anau

I woke to this view out my window:

Queenstown sunrise

Queenstown sunrise

We only had a couple of things to do before leaving town: Get some breakfast and take the jetboat ride that had been rescheduled from the afternoon before. We found a really good place for food, Halo: Forbidden Bite which is right next door to a church.

Halo Forbidden Bite Queenstown, New Zealand

Halo Forbidden Bite
Queenstown, New Zealand

Church next door to Halo

Church next door to Halo

Halo flat white

Halo flat white

Halo's toilet sign

Halo’s toilet sign

After we finished at Halo we walked down to the wharf where the jetboats are. On the way there we saw this fun advertisement for a wildlife park and then down by the water the Memorial Gate for fallen soldiers:

Queenstown 6 Wildlife Park car

Queenstown 7 Memorial Gate

Now before you all get on my case for not going on the jetboat trip, let me say in my defense that I did a jetboat trip when I was last in New Zealand in 2005 and while I’m glad I did it then, I don’t feel like it’s something I needed to do again. And so I became the on-land photo taker and passport keeper while D2E2 went out for the hour-long ride.

Queenstown 8 jetboat sign

Good idea, it's gonna be a WET trip!

Good idea, it’s gonna be a WET trip!

All geared up and ready to go. No backing out now...

All geared up and ready to go. No backing out now…

Here comes the boat!

Here comes the boat!

Front row for my four!

Front row for my four!

And away they go!

And away they go!

Fast and slow boats

Fast and slow boats

While they were out spinning in circles and doing chop-drops (all of which involved getting wet) on the lake I took some time to go pick up some things. I also did find a used book store, but didn’t need anything that they were selling.

Black Cat Bookstore Queenstown

Black Cat Bookstore
Queenstown

"The trouble with internet quotes is you can never trust their accuracy." - Abraham Lincoln (seen at Black Cat Bookshop, Queenstown)

“The trouble with internet quotes is you can never trust their accuracy.”
– Abraham Lincoln
(seen at Black Cat Bookshop, Queenstown)

The time went by quickly, and it was back to the wharf for me to meet the just-arriving jetboaters. And judging from their huge grins I could tell right away that they had indeed enjoyed their Queenstown-style adrenaline rush!!

Thumbs Up!!

Thumbs Up!!

Bracken Hall Roadside toad, seen somewhere between Queenstown and Te Anau.

Bracken Hall Roadside toad, seen somewhere between Queenstown and Te Anau.

Te Anau is yet another town on a lovely lake! Lest you think that it’s possible to get bored by or in any way immune to the beauty of New Zealand’s lakes, let me assure you that it is NOT! We’re once again directly across from the lake, this time at Fiordland Lakeview Motel and Apartments.

Te Anau is a small town, about 2000 people year-round and it swells to 8 or 9000 in summer. Unlike Queenstown, it doesn’t have skiing in winter, so the towns people actually get time to slow down and “recharge” during the winter. We’re only a 5 minute walk from the main street, and a 10 minute walk to the grocery store so we walked up to get some groceries. The unit we are in is a full-sized house with 3 bedrooms and a full kitchen, so we thought it would make sense to eat in for dinner. Once dinner was done I decided to get in some more steps before calling it a day. I am so glad that I did, as it was very nice out and pep-stepping it got me over my step goal for the day.

Fiordland Lakeview Motel

Fiordland Lakeview Motel

View across the street

View across the street

Te Anau 4 Takahe statue

Te Anau 5 takahe sign

Te Anau's D for... Devin, Dian, Dad, Darryl, Diane, Daun, Danny, and...you?

Te Anau’s D for… Devin, Dian, Dad, Darryl, Diane, Daun, Danny, and…you?

Te Anau 7 cute little car

Te Anau 8 cute little car back window

Quintin MacKinnon

Quintin MacKinnon

Te Anau 10 Q M plaque

Good Night sunset Te Anau, New Zeland

Good Night sunset
Te Anau, New Zeland

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One Response to Day Twenty Nine: Queenstown to Te Anau

  1. EO says:

    Ahhhh! LOVE the ginormous Takahe! While each of your oversized, roadside bird sculptures have been enjoyable, this one is the BEST.
    Takahe rule. Long live the takahe!
    We hope. Stay strong, endangered little buddies.

    Nice to see you got some decent weather after your Haast Pass driving adventure to enjoy the awesome Crown Road and all your lovely lakeside views.

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