New Zealand Day 12: South Island

Dart River Safari and Paddle Steamer to Walter Peak

The day started with a Dart River Safari. The tour was split into 3 parts: A drive in a 4X4 coach with stops to hear about the scenery (used in Lord of the Rings), a walk through an ancient native beech forest and a jet boat ride on the Dart River. The latter was a really scary adventure. We then had time to look round the small town of Glenorchy.

On our return to Queenstown we had a look round the quay area of Queenstown and saw how the locals relaxed along the shore of Lake Wakatipu. We were booked on the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw for an excursion on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm, an old Scottish farmstead.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ron Goodwin – The Earnslaw Steam Theme