Went to the South Island again earlier in the year and spent the long weekend (I think it was Wellington Anniversary Weekend) up at Wanaka. While at Wanaka, I was fortunate enough to have been able to visit an honest-to-goodness working vineyard! I think I was there on a Sunday which is why the place is deserted. It wasn’t the “Walk In The Clouds” type of sprawling vineyard but it was one just the same. Was quite excited about it because I’ve never really been this close to grapes on a vine. Well, mama has some grapes in her garden, but that doesn’t count.
So many things have happened since my last post. I was supposed to give a blow-by-blow account of my holiday at the south island (even started with arrowtown), but the unexpected happened. To make a long story short, the days following May 10 just flew by and now, I have a new niece, have started a new job, in a new city and have new living arrangements! Such an interesting way to start my xxth year of life.
Anyway, now that i’m somewhat connected online again, i hope to be able to share my adventures and misadventures in the windy capital of …
Tonight’s moon is supposed to be the biggest full moon of the year! I took this photo earlier this evening, while having dinner. No, i don’t live in a spooky neighbourhood. I just edited the image to death to give it more impact … More drama. But the moon did look pretty amazing.
Hope you all had a great weekend!
YUZH! I’ve finally managed to find the time to write about something. I had meant to blog about Arrowtown last Wednesday but, for some reason, the temperature dropped and all of a sudden, it became too cold for my body to function. I had all these ideas going through my head but my feet and fingers just wanted to feel the warmth of my electric blanket. It’s really quite chilly – it’s much colder now than this time last year. Brrr ….
Anyway … Arrowtown. On the first day of my second South Island Sojourn (the first was in 2008), after dumping my stuff at The Base, I headed off to Arrowtown to witness their Autumn Festival. I seriously didn’t know this was going to be held on the week I would be in town. I found out about all about it some time before I had to fly off. I think I did a Google search on Arrowtown (I think I was looking for someplace to eat) and the Arrowtown Autumn Festival came up.
I just checked my credit card statement and was surprised to find out that I was charged for 1 night’s accommodation at The Base in Queenstown! I paid for my stay in cash! Anyway, I rang up and asked about this billing and apparently, they charged all the no-shows yesterday. HEY! I was there so they have no right to charge me extra! They said they’ll look into it and let me know before the day is through. The guy said they’d be able to issue a refund — they’d better!
Whew! I’m finally somewhat settled after taking that wonderfully gruelling week of travelling. In case you didn’t know, I went to the South Island again, and visited three main cities in a span of 7 days! I went to Queenstown, which was still as beautiful as ever (and had half a day in Arrowtown and a whole day at Skippers Canyon), took the bus to, and spent some time in Invercargill, then took the shuttle and ferry to and spent a few days at Stewart Island. Of course I had to make my way back to Queenstown after Stewart Island for my flight back up to Auckland. I’m exhausted, have several hundred images I need to sift through and lots of stories to tell. I’ll sort out my thoughts first (and finish some articles I need to submit by this coming Monday). I hope to be more coherent tomorrow. Meanwhile, I shall leave you with this …
It’s a photo I took of Lake Hayes, while on the bus to Arrowtown. It’s beautiful isn’t it? Well, the South Island is beautiful, I suppose it has something to do with the imposing mountain ranges which the North Island doesn’t have. The Remarkables at Queenstown really are remarkable and the mountain ranges that lead up to Wanaka and Tekapo are just amazing. Anyway. I’ll compose my thoughts first and write more stories tomorrow.
Greetings from surprisingly warm Invercargill! Yes, I am in the South Island and tomorrow, I will set foot on the southernmost part of the country – Stewart Island. I left foggy Hamilton on Saturday and flew into Queenstown on Sunday morning. It was quite nippy but not as cold or chilly as I thought it would be. I took the bus to town (got the $17.00 day pass) and immediately proceeded to Arrowtown to take part in their Autumn Festival. Got there just in time to see a couple of men dressed up as cow girls running towards what I assume to be the finish line (it was some sort of a race). I then walked around the little town and took pictures of the various scarecrows that lined the streets. Afterwards, I decided to walk along the Arrowtown River. I wanted to go to Tobin’s peak? just to see Arrowtown from above. However, when I saw that I needed to go up a hill to get to the peak, I opted against it. Although I did have my hardy hiking boots on, I didn’t know the area. I didn’t want to get lost on the first day of my holiday … So I meandered back towards the bus pick up point and took the buses back to Queenstown.
At Queenstown, I stayed at the Base and I would greatly recommend this backpacker’s facility to anyone. The place is in the centre of town and about a block and a half from the bus depot. The rooms are tidy and each 8-bed dorm room has it’s own toilet and bath facility – which means, it’s semi-communal. The toilet and bathrooms are a wee bit tiny, but they are clean and are separated from one another. The staff are friendly and the reception desk is manned 24/7 – which is great! I’ll try to upload photos of the Base later on.
Got to go. I’ve got 3 minutes left on my timer and don’t want to run out. I tried to upload photos but I think the card reader in this machine is not working. Will have to upload images later on.
More stories to come! Meanwhile, have a great rest of the week!