Cam has accepted that they are “Rice Bubbles” and not “Rice Krispies” and James is starting to call some of us “love” so we are settling in here…
On Friday we got our first tip top weather since we arrived in Queenstown and boarded an old steamship to cruise across part of Lake Wakatipu and visit Walter Peak High Country Farm. It is a working farm, but also very clearly set up for visitors with a small outdoor amphitheater that houses a short shearing and herding demo and gorgeous grounds.
This day I felt the irony of being a tourist here who was somewhat annoyed by the number of tourists. It must be unbearable for the locals during their summer – the busy season. Right now I think it is relatively light, but as the lovely older woman who played piano on the steamship was shoved aside by a tourist to essentially play chopsticks, I was semi-disgusted. She let him have his fun for a few, and then commented to my eye roll as she reclaimed her bench “Sometimes you find some real gems… but not that one.”
We had a chill couple days the next few, hanging around town and taking a little drive up the lake to do some hiking followed by a lot more walking than we had intended when we popped into a small town called Glenorchy. There are Lord of the Rings tours around there so I guess they must have filmed a bunch of it nearby.
We only have a few days left on the South Island before we fly back up North on Wednesday. So far, I am mostly missing my comfy bed!!