Saturday, January 31, 2004

Rafting on the Shotover River was outstanding! We saw the spot where Aragorn was tossed over the cliff in the Two Towers, after the warg-battle. It's in a place called Skipper's Canyon. It's a gorgeous canyon and rafting the grade four rapids was excellent fun! I got soaked and almost fell out, but managed to save myself with my superb rafting technique.

Jaap, on the other hand, was deemed "best splasher." Enough said.

We then had a short walk through the Queenstown markets. I didn't even buy anything! Yay me!

After a quick lunch on the sun-drenched patio of our hostel, we took off for Glenorchy and Paradise, where we went 4WDing in Jaap's non-4WD vehicle. I managed to get a couple shots of Lothlorien and the Misty Mountains while there, which was gorgeous. We even stopped off at Twelve-Mile Delta to see the Ithilien Camp. The drive in this area is amazing. Mountains, lake, trees... wow.

Finally, we trucked off in the opposite direction from Queenstown to check out the Kawarau River Bungy Bridge. The Kawarau is also known as the Anduin. And you can tell. The water is the same shocking turquoise. We're going back tomorrow so that I can take a photo of the Argonath site.

And then we're leaving Queenstown and heading to Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage site.

No comments: