View from Whare Kea Room

New Zealand: Day 11 – Wanaka

We ended our day’s travel by crossing over an active runway, heading onto the Whare Kia (pronounced Fair-a-kia). I have so often used “amazing”, “stunning,” “gorgeous,” “unparalleled” etc. but words just fail to describe what we are seeing. This, too, is another stunning, amazing, gorgeous place.

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Te Anau Lake View from the Lodge

New Zealand: Day 9 – Te Anau

We arrived in Te Anau around 3:00pm. The first thing I said when I got out of the car was, “I’m not milking the cows in the morning!” Our destination looked more like a very lovely home than a lodge. In fact, we started to drive away, convinced we had pulled up onto someone’ large farm by mistake, when the proprietress came out to assure us we were in the correct place.

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The Remarkables

New Zealand: Day 8 – Exploring the Queenstown Area

I then realized that she thought I was searching for a real Kiwi bird that had been shot, killed and taxidermied. I quickly responded, “No, no, no. I’m not looking for a real Kiwi that has been stuffed. I’m looking for a fuzzy toy replica of a Kiwi.” It took a second for this to register through her shock at what she thought I had asked. “Ooooooh!” She exclaimed with a huge sigh of relief. And we both laughed heartily.

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The Matakauri Room View: Cecil Peak

New Zealand: Day 7 – Mount Cook National Park to Queenstown

“Views” is such an understatement. I’m sitting here, writing, looking out at Lake Wakatipu. The whole front of the villa is glass. A steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, commissioned in 1912 (the same year as the Titanic and built by the same company), is sailing out in the large blue-green lake against the backdrop of a stunning snow-capped mountain range, The Remarkables, at 10 o’clock, and a different cloud-capped mountain range, Cecil Peak, across the bay at 1 o’clock. I feel as though I’m the only person here in massive, unspoiled, natural beauty. I’ve never experienced any accommodation this lovely.

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