Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Southern Scenic Route
With our very own rented car we made the best use of the beautiful and scenic roadways as shown on this map. You can pick up any number of copies available at most tourist destinations or attractions. The maps are free.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps, this place was so named because" it was fit for Queen Victoria". Today, Queenstown is recognised as NZ's premier visitor destination and as one of the friendliest cities in the world. It has the reputation as the Adventure Capital of NZ. With earth, water and air, there is something to thrill any adventure seeker. Centrally located, it serves as a gateway to the Fiordlands and destinations such as Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Other attractions such as Glenorchy, Wanaka and Arrowtown are all within an easy drive.
We made our way to Queenstown to sample some of the highlights. It was in deep winter, with heavy snowfalls everywhere. DT and D4 had taken leave from their work commitments to join us in this episode of our trip. We had booked an apartment unit #4 at Wakatipu View Apartments at 14, Frankton Road for our stay. We had our own parking bay right at the front and it was very cosy and comfortable, with a kitchen attached.
In the morning, we had to move the overnight snow from our front porch area as well as those on the car. It was completely covered! The temperature was below zero degrees C. But we were all well insulated from the shopping we did in Dunedin...mostly polar/thermal inner clothings, gloves and socks. But the main thing that kept both D2 and myself warm were our special winter jackets which had been through thick and thin, from sub-zero temperatures, to some of the wettest and coldest regions we've encountered in our travels.
We had no worries for DT and D4 as they are veterans of the place.