Of all the things you'd want to do in Queenstown the jetboat ride through Shotover canyon would be just about top of the list, so I was told. We got up late for us and met for breakfast at 9am, all of looking forward to the ride as we'd decided to cancel any attmpt to white water raft due to my ongoing ailments and decidedly dodgy neck. Following scrambled egg and toast for me it was off downtown to get ourselves booked on a hair raising trip through the gorge, hurtling at rocks at top wack , only to veer away at the last second.
"I'm sorry Sir, but the boats aren't running this morning cam ethe response when Peter tried to book us the trip. There's a technical problem with one of the boats ( probably the steering no doubt !)."
Hrmphhh...We were advised that more would be known at midday and to call back in then to see if they would run in the afternoon. So we decided to head up the mountain on the Queenstown Gondola to check out the views and the Luge. As with most of the tourist attractions, yet another way of making money is to take photos of you and then try to flog them to you. Ofcourse I decided that I'd make my own raspberry protest and try and stop us from falling into the trap. However it was a nice picture of us ( except for me ), so I apologise all. Luckily the Skyline complex keep an online archive for a while so here you go >>>
Following Luging ( what a scream , although early came a cropper on the fast one ) we descended down the hill only to find out that the Shotover Jet was out of commission for the whole day. Not wanting to miss out on Jet boating we decided to take the longer , but not nearly as exciting trip on the Kawarau boat instead.
60 minutes later, alot of fun, a missing Hard Rock Cafe cap from Rome and an altogether even sorer neck than I started with later we were back on dry land. A fun trip , but I would have like to have done the Shotover!
A couple of hours rest at the hotel after some retail therapy and it was off to dine at the Lonestar Cafe, Queenstown ( well stuffed ) and then an hour or so on the pokies at the Casino before a sleep and the 6 hour drive back to CHCH and a couple of days well deserved rest before Xmas.