|The Old Car|
Our first stop on our way from Christchurch was the Tin Shed, a treasure trove of fine New Zealand wool and some fun reminders of days gone by; quite definitely it is also a fine place for photographs!
Packing our treasures we traveled further toward Queenstown, our lunch stop was at Lake Tekapo, what a glorious day, clear and brilliant, the lake surrounded by mountains reflected in the water with the afternoon sun, just dip a toe, after all it is still winter here! The scenery is purely dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impressive, striking!
I wondered what would be around the next bend. As a photographer it was all eye-candy to me and it was all simply delicious!
|Setting Sun Rays|
Arriving late into Queenstown at our hotel we took our usual first day walking tour of the city. 9pm and the city was still bustling with people and activity. I wondered if it ever slept! After a little late night exploration we headed back to the hotel along the pathway near the water, tomorrow was another adventure. Rising early to catch the sunrise was the first order of business for me and I was grateful I made the right decision; the sunrise encapsulated the beauty of the surrounding mountain and lake with glorious colors and calm. I watched the city begin to wake and begin the activities of the day.
|Pretty in Pink|
|Shakin' the Dags-or not!|
What a glorious day! On the dock waiting to board was a lovely princess who was celebrating her birthday with a trip to Walter’s Peak Sheep Farm, what a lovely little tea party they had too!The trip to the farm was punctuated with beautiful mountains surrounding us and a lovely reflection to greet us. Learning the sheep shearer’s life and settling for some tea and treats was all part of a learning experience and a wonderful day.
|Through the Window|
|Snow and the Winding Way|
The boat wound its way through the mist as we headed toward the sea and as we broke around the first fiords we were met with sunshine and yes…rainbows! Indeed this must be the land of the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow”.
We were informed there were more waterfalls this year than usual and were given some incredible amount I did not write down, but certainly saw everything from a trickle to a thunderous roaring waterfall; multiples and singles, some joining others creating a puzzle of water across the fiords.
The only visible wildlife today were the seals as they sunbathed on a rock with the sun playing peek-a-boo in the clouds.
Left with our thoughts to contemplate a day full of experiences the travel home was serene while we watched the wonder continue as a glorious setting sun and the changing colors of the sky brought our day to a close.
and Queenstown and Walter's Peak on flickr and facebook and Milford Sound on flicker and facebook.
In tomorrow's post we go to Auckland and visit the Maori.