|This is the tunnel to get to Milford Sound, Homer Tunnel. One way. No lights. Unpaved. Looks like it was just dug yesterday. It was quite an experience to drive through!|
|Carlie and her kayaking partner, Emma|
|Our group heading towards Lady Bowen Falls|
|The sensation of being pushed back by the waterfall was crazy!|
|Many, many peaks...|
|...and lots of waterfalls!|
|Erik at the Chasm, a spot where water has carved funky holes in granite rocks.|
|More waterfalls, this time right next to the road.|
|Carlie loves everything about Milford Sound!|
|Pretty sweet views on the drive out!|
About 15 minutes into our drive, we ran into stopped traffic. A tree had come down in the middle of the road and it ended up taking about 2 hours for them to get machinery in to move it! Fortunately, with the sun out, we were able to set up all of our camping gear in order to let it dry. That night we stayed in Queenstown at Bumbles Backpackers, a great place with fantastic lake views.
|View of the lake from the lounge at Bumbles|
|Looking back towards Queenstown on the drive to Wanaka.|
|Queenstown. See the plane landing? This must be the coolest airport to fly into...surrounded by mountains!|
|Living area and part of the kitchen in our 2 bedroom apartment|
|The best-ever hotel gym. Squat racks and pull up bars are behind me.|
|Who wouldn't want to spend time in those pools/hot tubs? There are 7 tubs to choose from, by the way!|
That evening we went to see Skyfall (the new Bond film) at a small movie theater called Rubys. At Rubys, you order drinks before the movie, tell the bartenders when in the movie you would like your drinks delivered, and then they bring them to you! Also, you sit in large leather recliners in a small theater that seats about 25 people. It was a really unique movie-watching experience!
In the morning, we enjoyed the scenery in Wanaka, as Erik headed out for a mountain bike ride while Carlie and I took a long walk around the lake. Around midday, we said goodbye to Mark, our awesome accommodation, and the fantastic town of Wanaka before hitting the road to the West Coast.