Today we were up and out early for a trip to Glenorchy (pop. 220) at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. The day was wet and deary but with little else to do on a deary day in Queenstown everyone on our bus decided to solider on and see what the day would hold.
The ride from Queenstown to Glenorchy was about 40 km and about an hour drive. Again we had a lovely tour guide. At this point you can begin to assume that tour guides here are lovely, nice, kind, pleasant, funny people. It is a national trait, I think. We arrived at the Dart River Jet Safaris office. Since we got a bus tour and nature walk which would last another 1 or so we decided not to give the poor river guide a day off and bet on better weather for the jet boat ride.
So off we headed to view the,
wait for it,
beautiful scenery and sheep farm.
One would think that it would have begun to jade us a bit but indeed it did not. This time there was more. Many movies and a great number of commercials have been filming in the little area, including Lord of the Rings, Wolverine, and Prince Caspian . We saw the area of Isengard and the Misty Mountains. We learned more about flora and fauna. And as you can see, we bit the bullet and rode the jet boat, in the rain, in the cold, and had a fabulous time.
We did not get to go up as far as we would have liked because the Dart River is a braided river. A braided river has a channel that consists of a network of small channels separated by small and often temporary islands called braid bars.
The channels and braid bars are usually highly mobile, so the guide told us that it is rarely the same river two days in a row. The water was a bit low so less of a ride for us, but since it was cold and wet we decided we could live with that.
After a quick bite at The Glenorchy Cafe, we headed back to the hotel for some down time and then it was off to the Wharf for our Earnslaw adventure.