The journey started at 7AM when the bus from Real Journeys came to pick us up at the nearby Caltex Station (5 min walk from our motel) and drove to Manapouri to take the boat to West Arm. Then transfer to a bus for Doubtful Sound passing Wilmot Pass, the most expensive road in NZ. *Our bus got into trouble, the fan belt broken, so had to wait for the lady driver to repair it*
At 10AM, we reach Deep Cove Wharf to board another boat to start the journey to Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
|the view @ Doubtful Sound|
|Hundred waterfalls along the cruise.|
The Sound is the site of several large waterfalls, The surounding hills are known for their hundreds of waterfalls during the rainy season.
More informations about Doubtful Sound, just click here.
We saw some dolphins and penguins but no seal at all.
We did really the enjoy the absolutely stunning scenary, both excursion vessels were very comfortable with complimentary coffee and tea.
Since we joint the earlier tour, we got the opportunity to visit Manapouri Underground Power Station, to view the immense underground machine hall and learn the story behind this power station.
|Takahe the flightless bird from Te Anau|
We cooked curry chicken for dinner..
Have a nice sleep for the next destination tomorrow...
7 December 2012: WANAKA
After morning revival and breakfast, we left Te Anau for Wanaka. Along the way, we stopped @ Lazy Bones Cafe, 1158 Athol Garston Hwy Athol Garston, located between Arrowtown/Queenstown to Te Anau. The foods and hot beverages were nice .. Free WIFI ... Everyone just tried to logged in as soon as we found out that Wifi was available .. Lazybones sells a lots of unique gifts and souveniers.
|Tried the Venison Pie and hot choco and coffee..|
We stopped at Amisfield Winery for wine tasting and some of us bought some bottles of wine.
|Salt & Pepper from Lazybones Cafe|
|The view when reaching WANAKA|
|Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka|
|Wine Tasting @ Rippon|
Back to hotel. Some of us enjoyed the free sauna, some took pictures, some enjoyed hot drinks. The cool weather always make us feel hungry .. We saw rainbows right in front of our rooms ..
We had decided the Italian food for tonight @ Capriccio, facing Lake Wanaka. The foods were good and the price quite reasonable..
|Lamb Shoulder, portion for 2 Asian|
Night had fallen ........ Eyes need to be closed, energy need to be restored for tomorrow ...... Good nite everyone ..