More about our Wanaka "vacation in a vacation". The 3rd week of my stay in New Zealand, Shannon and I flew down to Queenstown in the South Island and stayed in Wanaka with our friends Andrea and Garth. This is their home.
This is the picture perfect view out of my bedroom window.
The Melbourne Cup - horse race was being held while were were there, so we fixed up some of Andrea's hats and celebrated with the locals at the Bullock Bar in downtown Wanaka. Garth won $78.00 on a horse.
Here's a little video clip of a sheepdog herding a lamb back into the fenced area.
On Thursday, Garth took us 3 girls for a jet boat ride on the river. His friends ran the operation. The boats have twin turbo engines and go really fast, then spin a 360 right in the middle of the river.
Garth didn't go on the boat ride with us, but when he picked us up he said "let's go - I have a helicopter ride waiting for you girls". Me - being the big chicken - said I don't think I want to do that. But Shannon insisted that I did. Here is the chopper.
Brendan, the pilot, took us to the top of a mountain and LANDED on it. I was afraid to get out, but I did.
This video clip is of the helicopter taking off from the spot we stopped at.
This video clip is taken where they filmed Lord of the Rings. Most of the area we flew around is where much of the movie was filmed.
Just one of the many pictures we took from the sky. Every inch of land is a postcard view. It's all so incredibly beautiful there.
Our last night in Wanaka, a beautiful sunset.