New Zealand Visit

     I recently returned from a visit to New Zealand for a family wedding. My niece,Sarah, my brother’s eldest daughter got married. It was a fabulous trip and I had such a great time visiting with family and friends. I flew to the South Island to Queenstown on Air NZ.  Landing in Queenstown is a real treat as you fly down through the Remarkables mountain range, over Lake Wakatipu and land just outside of town at the Queenstown International Airport.

It is such a beautiful part of the world and I was truly thrilled to be there. My friend Mike very kindly met me at the airport and we stopped in town to pick up a birthday present for his daughter and some lunch. A delicious onion soup and a cup of tea. Queenstown is surrounded by the mountain peaks of the Remarkables and sits on the rather large lake Wakatipu. The view there from any point is lovely and there is so much one can do. A favorite tourist town in New Zealand there are sports of all kinds, photography, sightseeing, skiing, hang gliding, jet boating,hiking, horse back riding,and shopping, you name it you can probably do it right there in Queenstown.

We travelled by car to Lake Wanaka where my friends Mike and Barb live. The road through the mountains is truly beautiful, just a two lane, it has its dangers, mostly from folks renting cars or RVS or whatever and proceeding to drive on the wrong side of the road!! It was, nevertheless, a lovely drive through tobacco colored hills and mountains, past the lovely town of Cromwell where the wedding was to take place and Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River, where I caught a trout of a good size. It is truly a lovely part of the world.

It is early summer in New Zealand in December and in the South Island it is chilly. What with the elevation of 990 Feet and the southerly aspect as it were Longitude 44.509637300000000000 Latitude and 169.133206600000000000. So it’s close to the South Pole relatively speaking.

Wanaka is another town on a lake and from which it took its name. Lying west and north of Queenstown. First settlers arrived in 1860 and gold was discovered there in 1861. The first survey for the town was  made inco Originally named Pembroke it was renamed Wanaka in 1940. The Clutha river springs from Lake Wanaka and curves around the land and flows into Lake Dunstan. This area is a winegrowers heaven and the delicious wine grown by my friends is truly the best I have had. A red, it is a Pinot Noir and it is sooooo good. My friend Michael grows his own grapes and has a beautiful spot with a view of the lake and the mountains. There are ski fields nearby at Treble Cone, a beautiful golf course overlooking the lake and so much to do. A wonderful path by the Clutha River is a great walk and another a walk into town from my friends home a good 6 miles or more. 

I will post some photos soon.

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