Day 11 – Queenstown to Te Anau (via TSS Earnslaw)

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

We started the day relatively early, as we had to be at the ferry by 9:30am for the 10:00am departure of the TSS Earnslaw.  The TSS Earnslaw is one of the oldest steam ships still operating almost unchanged. Despite our early start (I got up about 5:00am), we ended up being in a real rush as I only remembered at the last minute that we still needed to get fuel – there wasn’t going to be any on the other side for about 100km.

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Getting the bike on the TSS Earnslaw wasn’t hard, but with the help of some of the staff we managed to break front right blinker.  We stuck the orange lens cover back on with sticky tape.  It was pretty tight down there for a bike of this weight.

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There ended up being no more space for Peter and Victoria’s bikes, so they were asked to put them into the museum that is on board.  It was very funny seeing two trail bikes parked in an immaculate museum.  Here you can see Peter tying his bike up for the journey.

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We saw the hotel where we stayed.

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And here is some more about the ship.

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We passed the most gorgeous scenery along the way.

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Arrival at Walter’s Peak, and the immediate departure again of the TSS Earnslaw.

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We then headed directly south, riding through very pristine countryside.  There was patchy rain.

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Look at the big slips out these mountains.  The front one (grey) is relatively new, the back one (green) has already been overgrown.

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The lakes area had nice forests and was extremely scenic despite the rain.

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We had bought a gas cooker before the start of our trip, but hadn’t had a chance to use it.  We carried it so that we could have a warm meal in case we got stranded somewhere.  Well, this was no emergency, but we really enjoyed using the cooker.  A hot meal hit the right spot given that it was cold and the rain was coming down continuously.

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In fact, there are no further photos from this day, because we were all too wet to pull out the camera.  as we headed down into Te Anau, it got very cold.  Wet and cold are not a good combination!  Trust us – we know!

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