Queenstown, New Zealand

During Spring of 2001 we were fortunate enough to visit Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, pictured below. From the lake, a steamship that has been operating for about 90 years takes visitors to Walters Farm Station.

Near Queenstown are some fabulous hiking trails. One such is the Routeburn Track, in Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Routeburn can take three days to hike from end to end. The valley is lush, with a river that is clear like a swimming pool. We made day hikes only, and managed to hike about 8 miles deep into the Routeburn Valley. Below are several pictures of the Routeburn.

Pictures of Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand April 2001

(s=35mm, m=6x7 Medium Format, l=4x5 Large Format)

 

View of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown (s)

 

 

T.S.S. Earnslaw cruising along Lake Wakatipu (s)

 

 

T.S.S. Earnslaw (s)

 

 

Moki Lake (m)

Routeburn Waterfall (m)

 

 

Bungee jumping near Queenstown (s)

Trailhead to the Routeburn (s)

Suspension bridge on Routeburn Track (s)

 

 

Another suspension bridge (s)

 

 

View of the Routeburn Valley (s)

 

 

Routeburn Valley (s)

 

 

Near the first hut in Routeburn Valley, about 6 miles from the trailhead. (s)

 

 

Routeburn Valley (s)

 

 

Pools along out hike - Note how clear the water is! (s)

 

 

Walter Farming Station (s)

 

 

Walter Farming Station (s)

 

 

Aboard the T.S.S. Earnslaw. (s)

 

 

Departure Day - Auckland Airport - Our United 747 awaits in the background,
surrounded by distant carriers.   As of 2005, United has stopped flying to New Zealand. (s)

© 2006 John Miranda