Day 08 – Day Trip – Crown Range, Queenstown, Skippers

8:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

We really enjoyed our first night at Luggate, and so we decided to stay put another night and just do a day trip.

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Soon after leaving the camp ground, we saw these sky divers near the Wanaka Airfield.

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We drove through Wanaka and headed for Queenstown via the Crown Range.  Along the way we saw a place that had all sorts of interesting vehicles, including monster trucks.  They also had lots of different animals.

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We then proceeded past the famous Cardrona Hotel, and on over the pass.

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The Crown Range is the highest sealed road in New Zealand.

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Views of Queenstown from the Crown Range.

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The road is pretty windy, but great for motorbikes … though it was a tad cold.

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View of The Remarkables coming into Queenstown.

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Rebecca and I found a nice Indian Restaurant and used the 3G coverage available in Queenstown to update our web site and do e-mail.  We stayed there for 3.5 hours, before finally departing for Skipper’s Canyon.

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En route, we stopped at the Shotover river, a favourite for jet boats, rafting and all sorts of water sports.

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The nearby landscape is very beautiful also.

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The view from the road heading up Coronet Peak was absolutely stunning (I may stitch these four photos together into a panorama sometime).

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The view heading into Skipper’s Canyon.

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All that is left of the once famous Welcome Home Hotel.

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The road had treacherous drop offs in many places – but stunning views with the river below.

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If you look carefully, you can see where the road cuts through the rock on the left hand side of the picture.

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Astounding beauty … a read really worth travelling.

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Superb Scenery.  Notice the building in the forest?  It is a school.

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Here is a close-up on the school.

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More pictures of the road, the scenery and the Bridal Veil (name of the waterfall).

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A visitor center.

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The school in all its glory.

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The bridge on the way to the school.

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Final scenery shots as we head back to Queenstown.  Yes, it was cold once the sun disappeared.

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And The Remarkables in the light of the setting sun.

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The TSS Earnslaw.  Little did we realise that only three days later we would be on that ship with our motorbike.

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We found a Thai Restaurant with a view over the lake, and watched the sun set on the Remarkables while enjoying our food.  We finally returned to Luggate via Cromwell by 11pm.

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