07.12.2005 21 °C
Our weekend in the big smoke!
Friday night saw us strolling along the wide streets of Queenstown, looking at all the property shops and tourist tat shops. You will be amazed at what you can do with possum fur!
We walked down to the harbour area, just in time to see the steam boat leave. Its a living relic of a bygone era. All smoke, coal and whistles and bells. Sadly the $90 each to go on this seemed a little steep... or was that just me reading the tarriff wrong? We looked at the drinking possibilities and decided against the ice bar... where everything is made of ice. Even your glasses would have been ice sculputres. This seemed a step to far. So we hoofed it to the Hogs Bar for big beers.
Saturday was spent doing my least favourite task... shopping. I had to get a present for Nettie, as her birthday was up and coming and this was our last visit to civilisation. Wandering round the streets I pondered how the locals get on... there was no sign of a useful shop selling electrical goods or anything like that. You were ok for tourist tat, and surf wear, adventure sports etc but try and find a replacement toaster or some gas for your hair strighteners... or even do just a little grocery shopping.
In the afternoon we took the cable car to Bob's Peak... they call it a Gondola... anyway the views were spectacular. We even saw guys bungee off the platform over the cliff edge.
Evening time was food time... a BBQ on an old kitchen range, and more beer just to make the night complete.
So folks... thats as far south as we got. Every road now will lead us to home. Something almost sad about that. And we have a week and a half left! Mind you with temperatures of 22oC it will make the home coming more chilly.
So where next? Read on in the next installment.