From above and feathery two-legs
20.11.2012 - 20.11.2012 17 °C
First day in Queenstown was planned to get an overview of the town. Went up the Gondola to the hill top and got a wonderful view over The Remarkables and mountains further away, the gorge inland, Lake Wakatipu and the town centre below. Took lunch on the top with the great views as company before I went down again. Afterwards I went to the feathery friends to fulfill one of my big wishes before leaving NZ, to see a kiwi. Here they had a kiwi house where they had a breeding program. Since the kiwi is nocturnal, the houses were dark inside with only a shining red light as support for us to see the bird. They had also changed their day rhythm, so they were awake during the day when the visitors was on site. So cool birds and much bigger then I had expected. This was followed by a sound guided tour around the bird park which included all kinds of NZ species, mostly near to extinction or threatened, and a conservatory information talk. After I've filled my animal quota for the day, I took an strol in town checking out all souvenir and adventure stores. So much is focused towards nature, adventures, tracking, adrenalin kicks and thrilling experiences.
Finished the day with a lovely dinner at a waterfront restaurant right down by the wharf.