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Old 06-12-2018, 05:31 PM   #23
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Default Re: Nev & Jo NZ2018 South Island

Day 8 Queenstown

We spent a day in Queenstown as tourists.

Queenstown is very touristy. Everything revolves around the tourism industry. I’d hate to be a local, because everything costs tourist prices here.

We went for a ride up in the Gondola to the Queenstown Skyline. From here you can do paragliding, bungee jumping or ride on the luge. All of these at extravagant prices. We just had morning tea in the cafe and enjoyed the free vistas across the lake.

Mural made out of jelly beans

At the bottom of the gondola we visited the Kiwi wildlife park.
It’s almost impossible to see a kiwi in the wild in NZ and even in a couple of places we’ve visited which have kiwi enclosures and birds in captivity it’s almost impossible to view them up close, but this establishment did have an enclosure which encouraged the kiwis to make themselves be seen without feeling vulnerable.

The wildlife here was very friendly

The SS Earnslaw makes it’s way to Walter Peak Station

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