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Queenstown!
January 31st, 2010 by Kate
On to Queenstown!
Lake Takapo

Lake Takapo

We headed across the middle of the South Island to Queenstown.  On the way we spent an night at one of the glacier fed lakes – Lake Takapo (yes Jack, it is indeed pronounced take-a-poo ! ).  It was the most amazing color blue EVER!  The blue color is created by “glacier dust” which is rocks that are ground by the movement of glaciers, and then washed down the many waterfalls and streams.  When it finally settles, the “flour” that is suspended in the water reflects or refracts the light (or something like that) and makes the lake look freaky blue. 

Queenstown and lake from high above on the gondola

Queenstown and lake from high above on the gondola

 Queenstown is known as the world capital of adventure sports.  It totally is!  We drove into town, and everywhere you look, there are people hurdling themselves in harm’s way.  Literally, paragliders, hang gliders, bungie jumpers, zip liners, white water rafters, sky divers- you could not look up into the sky without seeing someone!

Phoebe zipping through the trees!

Phoebe zipping through the trees!

Tess already posted on their sky diving adventures, and while not quite as high off terra firma, Phoebe and I had a blast zip lining high above the trees high above the town.  We also had a great time with our couchsurfing hosts Trish and her great son Lucas in their stunning home overlooking the lake.

The view from our couchsurfing host Trish's beautiful home - couchsurfing rocks!

The view from our couchsurfing host Trish's beautiful home - couchsurfing rocks!

It was such a fun town with lots of great places to eat, shop, party (Olivia, you can write a guest blog about the night and morning life!) and take risks that don’t seem like that big of a deal when everyone else is “just doing it”!

Fergburger - a Queenstown institution - gotta have one, or two, or four!

Fergburger - a Queenstown institution - gotta have one, or two, or four!And we love Ferg!Olivia had to leave us in QT and go back to school - we miss you LIV!


4 Responses  
Elizabeth Cook writes:
February 1st, 2010 at 5:16 am

Hey Kate and Jeff. I don’t know how long you will be on the south island. But I might miss you by about a week. I am in Antarctica right now and flying out February 10. If you are in/around Christchurch or Dunedin around then let me know and we could meet up. I am glad you are having a great time. If you have any ideas for places to see or things to do in the Ontago region of NZ let me know.
Hope to see you.
Beth Cook

Cricket Bourget writes:
February 1st, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Just love the NZ posts and dreamy pics, it all looks so serene and pastoral and unspoiled. And wouldn’t you know I said to myself, “What a perfect place to be chucked down a hill inside of a giant hamster ball.” (sigh)…..

jack Gape writes:
February 3rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Are you sure you want me to do this? lol kg

Anita (Nana) writes:
February 5th, 2010 at 7:51 am

Enjoying all your pictures, and written details about the journey.
Wow the view from the gondola car was awesome.

The couchsurfing host, Olivia showing and telling her story back at school, will have everyone so jealous, may start a travel rush like the stories we hear of the “gold ” rush days.

Now how fast was mom and Phoebe gliding through the trees? Pappy and Nana met a family, on our drive to the Yukon, who told us of their zipping through the trees in Costa Rica. You’l have to share the thrill in person with us!

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