Day 10 – Nevis Crossing to Queenstown

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

It was a very cold night. We measured various items’ temperature at 8:00am in the morning using a laser thermometer, and they read 8.0 Degrees Celsius.  The water was only 7.2 Degrees where it was fast flowing, but almost 9 Degrees where it sat still in a shallow part of the river.

We got some rain around 5:00am, and all froze once we woke up.  And there was a good reason!  Check out the hilltop!  We had snow on the surrounding hills overnight.

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But the day turned out very nice after about 10:30am.

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Some of the ruins of the original Nevis station.

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Outdoor bath tub, with the facility to light a fire underneath.

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The road is well maintained, though we did cross about 15 streams that run into the river.

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We had some exciting times playing in the water!  Here Peter rode through the same water several times until he was completely drenched.  The first picture shows his run-up – this show had style!

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Not to be outdone, Evan took the Dodge through one crossing with gusto.  Notice, in particular, the second photo.

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My crossings were much less spectacular – almost serene by comparison.  I took the cautious approach.

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Victoria confidently crossed the rivers in style.

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No, this was not an accident, just a rest by the side of the road.  Evan lost his front number plate while crossing one of the larger side streams (see previous photos), and we were waiting for Peter, who went back to try and find it. Unfortunately Peter didn’t find it.

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One of the smaller crossings.

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The surrounding mountains are just magnificent.

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Even the toilet has a spectacular view … and if only it had large windows!  Notice it is strapped down with wire to stay upright in the strong winds that blow at this altitude.

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The station of the famous Kingston Flyer.

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The scenery to Queenstown was stunning as ever.  The road just hugs the side of the lake winding its way north.

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We spent the night in a hotel in Queenstown – a treat after many nights in a tent.  We had a great view of the water.

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This was the last sun on The Remarkables that night.

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As we went to get some pizza for dinner, I took this photo of the moon setting against the hill that has the gondola.  You can see the outline of the gondola station on the right of the picture.

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