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Beautiful mountains everywhere

all seasons in one day
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We drove through amazing mountain scenery, past more beautiful lakes, fields of lupins and ended up in beautiful Wanaka

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We stayed in a little house in a stunning setting, without doubt the nicest place I have stayed so far. The weather was good, not warm enough for swimming but a glass of wine in the hot tub was definitely the order of the day.
From Wanaka we took a trip out to Mount Aspiring National Park, this was a really nice day, chilling out.

Next we were off for our jetboating trip at shotover canyon, this was pretty good fun. The water was constantly hitting you in the face and was freezing, I felt like I had had a facelift and my face was permanent stuck in some clown laughing pose!

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We moved onto Te Anau, our base to see Fiordlands. The weather forecast was looking a bit dodgy so we booked for 4 nights in a little cottage overlooking the lake, so we could take a trip to Doubtful sound in the good weather.
We took the drive to Milford Sound on one of the days, I can see how nice it could be on a sunny day but it wasn't meant to be

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On another bad weather day we went for a scenic drive, over the course of the holiday I had come to believe the statistic that there are 10 sheep per head of population and I wonder if this is more than double that in South Island! we have driven through so many tiny little towns with all the shops closed and no one around, its like something out of a movie!

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Finally our day arrived to go to Doubtful Sound. The weather was phenominal, blue skies, sunshine and the lake was as calm as a milpond. To get to the sound we had to take a trip accross lake Manapouri (almost and hour) to the Manapouri hydro electric power station. After a brief tour at the power station we took a bus over the mountain pass to reach the top of the sound. From here our boat trip began. It was a calm day and we went further than many trips out to sea. Aparently if you see more than 2 minutes of sun on Doubtful Sound you have had a good day.

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Posted by GSensible 21:55 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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