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Old 09-12-2018, 10:15 AM   #24
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Default Re: Nev & Jo NZ2018 South Island

Day 9 Queenstown to Lake Hawea.

We got off to a fairly early start, and headed straight up to Coronet Peak. Near the top we took the Skippers Canyon turnoff. The road was very slippery. There was grading in progress and it looked like some sections had been visited by the grader just before our arrival.





When we got to the bottom of the canyon, the location of the Welcome Home Hotel (or at least the location of the chimney which remains) Jo let me know she wasn’t having much fun on this road, so we turned back and headed back up the hill. It was good timing really, because near the top we hit the first few 4wd of the morning heading down into the canyon, and after we reached the top there was a steady stream of minibusses and 4wds full of tourists heading down.



Looking back over Queenstown







Then we continued up the mountain to the Coronet Peak skifields. There was no skiing going on, but the adventure sports were in full swing. We were there for about 15 minutes and watched 2 hang gliders and 1 parasailer (each being tandem units with a paying customer strapped in) launch off the side of the mountain.



Back down the mountian and we turned left towards Arrowtown. We stopped for morning tea at a cafe set up in the paddock where the paragliders and hang gliders and tandem skydivers land.

On both of my previous riding trips through this area I’ve headed north over Crown Range to Wanaka, so today we continued east and south to Cromwell, through Cromwell Gorge and down to Alexandra where we lunched before taking the return trip up through Cromwell Gorge to Cromwell again.





Farm Sculpture

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