My cousin Ian and his wife Chrissy are good friends - and they joined us for a week we spent in Wanaka, in Otago. We rented a house in Albert Town, near to the Clutha River.
On Saturday we picked them up from Queenstown Airport, under the stern gaze of the 3 Maori chiefs guarding the entrance, and took them back to Wanaka over the Cadrona Pass. We lunched at the Cadrona Pub, with its attendant antique roadsters, "funny" cycles, and stuffed boar's head. - then drove on to Albert Town and took a walk along the Clutha River.
It was a very full week. Sunday Market in Wanaka, then a magnificent hike to the Rob Roy Glacier, up the Matukituki valley (past the Treble Cone ski area that our son James skied so enthusiastically in 2005. Monday trip to Queenstown - including fulfillment of an old ambition to ride on the "Earnslaw", the lake steamer that has served Lake Wakatiipu since 1912. A quiet Tuesday (to recover!) but a quick visit nonetheless to the New Zealand Fighter Pilot's Museum, and the Toy Museum, both at Wanaka Airport.
Back to hiking - this time the eastern end of the Routeburn Track, from near the head of Lake Wakatipu's north arm. And then a very hot final day taking it easy in Wanaka.
That was a wonderful week.
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