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New Zealand – Queenstown – 13th Dec

We started the day with a run along the Clutha River bank before getting ready to drive to Queenstown. We took the scenic route along The Crown Range Road, which is a quicker alternative to the recommended driving route, we think this is more for bigger vehicles and in the winter. This time though it was perfect for us and we enjoyed fantastic views throughout whilst catching up on some UK gossip via the Richard Bacon podcast.

We stopped a few times along the way to document the scenery around us, looking down through the valleys toward Queenstown, it was a really clear day. We then took a little detour to Arrowtown…the home of golden nuggets, and some very quaint shops. It all looked a little staged for us but we did find some good in a discount outdoor store selling Ice-breaker gear.

When we arrived in Queenstown we paid for parking and decided to have a walk around the town taking in the busyness that is Queenstown. To us it felt very much like Banff in Canada, an alpine resort, overpriced and pretty commercial, but set on the lakeside and with all of the activities on offer its not a place to be missed. We didn’t fancy any bungy jumping or canyoning so we were happy to sit and have an ice-cream in the sun on the  pebble beach.

Instead of staying in Queenstown for the night we drove 14km along the Glenorchy road and turned off for Moke Lake along another gravel track. Set amidst mountains Moke Lake is host to a big DOC camping ground costing $7 per person and there is a warden that comes around to avoid people not paying their fees. It was a very hot day so we opted for a swim in the lake to cool down and were pleasantly surprised by the temperature of the water which was unusually warm. We decided that we would drive to Te Anau the next morning as we weren’t really up for spending too much money in Queenstown.

(Leica M9, Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0, Leica 90mm f/2.8, Zeiss 18mm f/4 ZM processed in Lightroom 3)

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