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Gateway to Paradise

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large_5550_1236585583274.jpgOn the way to Glenorchy. Pile of flat stones; someone left their mark in an eco-friendly way.
The plane to Queenstown [Queenstown-travel-guide-1308400] taxied towards the runway ... being seated at the last row, I saw that a cabin crew member was standing outside the open loo ... as it turned out, she was helping her chundering colleague.

The plane turned back to the terminal ... the sick crew was offloaded and we waited briefly for a replacement who had been called in from the crew room.

After lunch and rest in Queenstown, Marie and I went for a drive to Glenorchy [Glenorchy-travel-guide-1139424], the Gateway to Paradise ... because it leads to another town in the middle of nowhere called Paradise.

Glenorchy itself is located at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, the lake that Queenstown is on. Being at a pointy end of the lake, the scenery is more dramatic and was used in the Lord of the Rings movie.

Marie so desperately wanted to go to Paradise with me. The road was bad, it was late, so we didn't.


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How can Pupu be so clean?

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After a leisurely wake-up and breakfast, we headed out west to Pupu springs ... reputedly to have the clearest water in the world! The clarity is explained by the filtration through layers of rock.

This was followed by some swimming at Kaiteriteri [Kaiteriteri-travel-guide-1310152] beach. Beautiful golden sands ... the water temperature and clarity was OK, but probably good by New Zealand standard.

There wasn't enough time for Abel Tasman National Park where we could have gone sea-kayaking in the turquoise water. Next summer maybe.

So we headed home through Mapua [Mapua-travel-guide-1139939], a small harbour village and stopped for a light dinner.


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The Sunshine Capital

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Nelson is the Sunshine capital of New Zealand, recording the highest sunshine hours per year ... well, that's arguable as nearby Blenheim hotly contest that title.

After lunch and a nap, Marie and I walked on the long and broad Tahunanui Beach near the airport. Gorgeous ... makes me want to move here. We collected Kim from the airport in the evening and I went downhill from there. Felt rather ill with a headache after dinner and went to bed while they walked to Concert in the Park near our motel.

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Come fly with me!

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Woke early as if it was a workday, to take the flight to Nelson [Nelson-travel-guide-1140107] to meet my friend and visitor, Marie. The scenery was gorgeous ... one forgets how pleasurable it is to do flights on a turboprop (in good weather).

I haven't flown domestically for a while ... Air New Zealand has a new simplifed process in place. Check-in desks are now gone ... kiosks have replaced the people as seen in other countries. But its not like anything I've seen before:

* you tag your own bag and drop it off yourself unsupervised.
* if you're travelling without bags you can go straight to gate with your e-ticket printout. You simply scan it at boarding ... so you check-in and board at the same time. No boarding pass required! But you can check-in if you wish and choose your seat ... not very necesary for short flights.

Well done, Air New Zealand!

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