Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 7 in New Zealand - Drive to Wanaka

The Kingston Flyer in Kingston New Zealand - picture of the engine

After our visit to Milford Sound we drove to Wanaka. We passed by this old steam train that takes tourists for a trip along the lake. We didn't take the tour but did stop to take some pictures.

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Inside of the cab of the Kingston Flyer

Here is a look at the cab of the engine and the associated controls.

The train is known as the Kingston Flyer. It provided passanger service in the area from the 1890's to the 1950's.
Coal and shovel on the Kingston Flyer in New Zealand

This is where the work is. Somebody has to shovel that coal into the firebox.

Margot took this picture of these roses when we stopped for a snack along the way.
Lake Wakatipu

The drive runs along the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Lots of twists and turns but a very pretty drive.

Not sure what to call this. Grass maybe? The sunshine on it caught my eye.

I was surprised at the number of deer farms in New Zealand. Venison is very popular.

Here Margot is taking a video of the valley below. We chose the scenic route up and over the Crown Range.
View from the road over the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka.

If you click on the picture and look at the end of the lake on the left-center of the picture you can see the Queenstown airport runway.

Here is a close up of one of the farms nestled up against the mountains.

Here a plane flies down the valley toward the airport. It will make a left turn to line up with the runway.

This is one flight where you want a window seat.

This is the lake at Wanaka. I thought the clouds were nice.

Here is another interesting cloud.

There are sheep all over.

I'm not sure what sort of bird this is. I'm guessing a loon of some sort.

This woman was having a lot of fun feeding the birds. I've learned enough Chinese to recognize that she was shouting lai, lai or come, come as she threw the bread in the air.

I don't know what was going on here. I'd say there was some beer involved but hopefully they weren't drinking and driving.

I'm just glad this guy didn't turn around.

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