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South Island Adventures Part 5 – Queenstown, Wanaka, & Mt. Aspiring

And of course, no New Zealand adventure would be complete (at least according to the tourism books) without passing through Queenstown – the “Adventure Capital of the World”.  We didn’t stay very long (or bungee jump – maybe next time), but we did manage to get the famous Fergburger (below: longest line for a burger that you’ll ever see at any time of day) and Patagonia Ice Cream (if I lived any closer my weight would literally double).

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And per our usual style, we had to compensate for all the eating with a nice hike!  The Queenstown Hill Time Walk, to be precise.

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Then, because the weather was so awful the first time through, we detoured back through Wanaka for a better taste of Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Miles and miles of gravel road took us through beautiful unfenced farmland, where we encountered plenty of rogue sheep!

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We had one of the warmest, sunniest days for the Rob Roy Glacier hike:

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And another nice day for the extremely strenuous (5 mile track for 1 mile elevation gain) Roy’s Peak hike:

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And as a nice finale, we found Patagonia Ice Cream in Wanaka as well (mascarpone cheese & fruits of the forest over fig & pistachio).  We savored by the lake before driving back to Christchurch.

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We had one more low key day before the bittersweet farewell at the airport.  Until next time!

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