Day-3 : To Khawarau - Arrow Town
Today was a leisurely day as we were scheduled to visit Khawarau bungy jumping and other adventure sport activities, where we would be the spectators for the adventure sports activities rather than the participants. Thereafter we planned to visit Arrow Town museum. The afternoon was kept as a rest time which meant shopping in Queenstown.
We left hotel at around 10.00 a.m. and reached Khawarau bridge in an hour or so. From the observation platform, we saw few youngsters attempting bungy jumping. On the other side was youngsters as well as elderly tourists attempting zip rides. This gave us some motivation to try at least zip rides. Zip rides cost NZ$30 per person and we had to sign an undertaking that we do not suffer from heart problem, back ache and spondylitis. We sat on a zip chair with multiple hooks attached to our waist belt. After 'get, set. ready' call, we zipped down on a cable with a great speed and stopped abruptly just before the end of the rope. After a wait of a minute or so when we were swinging in our chairs, the direction of the ride was automatically reversed. Now it was time to zip up at a lower speed. We reached the platform and got unhooked. Overall, it was a thrilling experience.
We left Khawarau for Arrow Town at around noon for visit to Lakes District Museum. There was not much to talk about the museum but the Arrow Town itself appeared quite distinct from other towns we have seen in New Zealand. It looked more like villages in Swiss Alps on Interlaken-Lucerne route. There was some thing different in the architecture of houses here. Even Post Office looks like an heritage house.
We returned to Queenstown in the early afternoon. We had lunch in an Indian restaurant called 'Spice Room'. Rest of the afternoon was spent in strolling in town centre and doing some shopping. At around 6.00 p.m., we reached out hotel as we had to pack our baggage for checking out from the hotel the next day early morning.
|Road bridge over Khawarau river seen from Bungy Jumping point.|
|Bungy Jumping point. A girl is getting ready to jump.|
|A man is suspended over Khawarau river after the bungy jump|
|The man is being picked up by the crew on the boat.|
|Tourists on Zip ride over Khawarau river.|
|View from the bus on way to Arrow Town.|
|The gold dust collected from a river on display in Arrow Town Museum. Gold mining from the rivers in New Zealand is now banned.|
|An old piano on display in Arrow Town Museum|
|An old clock on display in Arrow Town|
|An old accordion on display in Arrow Town Museum|
|Arrow Town Post Office just opposite the Museum.|
|Wine yard on way to Wanaka.|
|View from the bus on way to Wanaka|
|The house of puzzling world, Wanaka.|
|Water flows from a giant tap? No, actually water sprinkles through fibre glass pipe.|
|Wanaka Lake with snow clad mountains in the background.|
|View from bus of Wanaka Lake.|
|Zoomed shot of an unidentified snow peak on way to Hasat|
|Wanaka Lake with snow clad mountain. Photo taken through the window of the bank.|
|Zoomed shot of an unidentified snow peak on way to Hasat.|
|Hasat Visitors Centre, a Rest Room stop.|
|The dirt road to reach the walking point (foreground) for Fox Glacier. On the left his stream flowing from melting glacier which is grey. On the right is stream formed for rain water which is light blue.|
|Zoomed shot of Fox Glacier. It is rare sight to get the picture of glacier with a tree. For glaciers are normally located above the tree line.|
|Walking towards Josef Glacier, about 25 kms north of Fox Glacier.|
|Waterfalls on way to Josef Glacier.|
|Fully oxidised stones in orange colour beautifully contrast with green moss on way to Josef Glacier|
|Zoomed shot of Josef Glacier.|
The main features of Fox and Joseph Glaciers are that (1) they are the only glaciers in the world which are easily reachable from the road end with 2-3 kms of distance and (2) they are the only glaciers in the world which end in rain forest. The reason is that two glaciers are located in less then 3000m of height from sea level.
From Josef glacier, a drive of about 3 hours 30 minutes brought us to Greymouth railway station.