Thursday 11th October
We sadly and reluctantly left Queesntown today – but made some good money savings and our money went a long way today so I thought I would share! After checking out of our apartment we headed into the town centre to take a boat trip out on to the lake. We decided on Queenstown Lake Cruises – on the Queenstown Princess. This trip was a real bargain at only $25 (NZD) each – for a whole hour and a half! There were only a handful of people on the boat too so it was nice and quiet. It travelled all over Lake Wakatipu and was a really enjoyable trip. We then headed for our favourite place to eat – Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar/ A great deal here is the meal deal at lunchtime – only $15 for a small pizza and drink – so we made huge savings here too! Following this for afters we tracked down a cookie shop called Cookie Time to use our 2 for 1 voucher (saving $3!) and ate our delicious hot cookies on the Queenstown lake front. Our final saving of the day came at the Queenstown Underwater Observatory for which we obtained free entry for going on the boat cruise. Not sure this was worth the $5 entrance fee anyway but it was free so we enjoyed it! The weather was also really lovely today and we enjoyed some nice blue skies and sun. The road to Manapouri was calling, so after stopping for groceries at New World supermarket in Frankton we set off. We stopped off at Kingston – which houses the only working steam train in the Southern Hemisphere – it was cool to see this! We also saw loads of British street names in this area – including Somerset street. We stopped off at a lovely picnic spot for further great views of Lake Wakatipu. Taking a detour via Te Anau (a place we were quite underwhlemed by in 2006 and where yet again underwhelmed by!), arriving at our rental property on Motu-Au-Close in Manapouri.