Back to Wanaka and some puzzling adventures.
07.12.2005 24 °C
Heading North on Sunday morning from Queenstown we took the main SH6. This route will be our companion for the next 5 days.
Heading out of the city you realise how big NZ is, and how sparsley populated it is. There are areas with noone in them at all. Not just a few miles of nothing... but masses of nothing. The run out of Queenstown north is a very wild & lonely one. The trip was made harder by a strong wind blowing. Nettie struggled to keep the van going.
We stopped off at AJ Hackets original bungee site. Still not sure why anyone in thier right mind would throw themselves off a bridge towards a river, whilst attached to a bit of stretchy rope! I have done daft stuff in my time but even the hot sunshine and crystal clear water, combined with the factory like output of bungeers or whatever they are called did nothing for me to change my mind.
Instead of risking major internal organ redistribution we headed back to Wanaka. We stoped here before heading up in the plane, and thought it worthy of another visit. It was a lovely relaxing spot on the shore of a lake. We decided the weekend would not be complete without a visit to the puzzling world. We needed to get some brain work going. The maze we were confruntaed with looked easy... 4 towers, lots of walkways and bridges. Get from 1 to the end and out... in less than an hour.... well we did them in any order and got totally lost. Eventually we did find our way out only to then be thrown into a visual mishmash of hologrames and lopsided rooms. All very well presented and well worth the stop off for.
Then it was time for the highlight of our day... the cinema. Forget your wide screen dolby stereo multiplex. Go to the Paradiso in Wanaka. There you will sit on a battered old comfy sofa, or armchair... or even a car. You can take your glass of local chilled Pinot Gris in with you and you can buy home made cookies and coffee at the interval. We saw The Dukes of Hazzard. It wouldn't have mattered what they were showing! We enjoyed a 2hour slob fest... and the cookies were warm, home baked and tasty.
So ends another day on this road trip. We slept with full bellies and giggling at the film. Sadly the slow pace has meant we only have a 2777km total at present.
Anyway, I had best shift.. we are having a spa in 30 mins... and theres a line of folk wanting to use this kiosk.