It is Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 3:50 p.m. We are on the
In our last installment, I gave you a preview of the South Island of New Zealand; I recall (in my after-massage stupor right now) that I may have described it as indescribable. Several days later, that is still the case... but, OK... I'll try to come up with some words. The South Island of New Zealand is one minute after another of absolute eye candy. Beginning with our ride through Christchurch (a lovely English-style city with the most beautifully delicate rose gardens in colors we had ever seen and the Avon... a stream of a river with punting), we knew that New Zealand was something special and altogether different from anything we'd seen in Australia. You say you're going to
On a friend's tip, we had arranged for GPS/Tour guide equipment (separate unit--for those planning a trip here, it's called Kruse and has become indispensable). John (the narrator) has been our guide...which was reassuring because driving the "proper way" on the left has been challenging! Our first stop was to wind through the
That afternoon, we hiked around Lake Matthison (which they say is a must not miss because if the sun is right, you can catch the reflections of Mt Cook and Mt. Tasman. The sun wasn't right but it didn't matter. It was great. We went back to the lake for breakfast the next day and caught a wonderful glimpse of both mountain tops.
The following morning we left for Queenstown...a ride full of more beautiful scenery (mind you, we didn't even include Milford Sound in our trip which is supposed to be the most breathtaking scenery on the
A word about the eating in
We'll check in again toward the end of the