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  • Day92

    The Kingston Flyer Vintage Steam Train

    March 11 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We left cute Arrowtown and headed south to Te Anau in the area know as Fiordland. The views on the lakeside were so amazing, that I said out loud, “No more photos!” and to put the phone/camera to sleep. That is, until we stopped at a lookout. Otherwise, I would be taking a photo every minute!

    When I say lakeside, I mean any closer and you’d be right in Wakatipu’s chilly waters. The road from Queenstown to Kingston hugs the lake edge with spectacular views in all directions. Chris promised to keep his eyes on the road, so it’s great that there are a number of lookout stops on the way. The most breathtaking is the panorama of the lake and mountains from the top of the Devil’s Staircase, a stretch of windy road blasted into rock near the southern foot of the majestic Remarkables Range. What a scary name for a road! Thank heavens, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds.

    Before we left Arrowtown, we had heard talk about the historic Kingston Flyer steam train, so we detoured into little Kingston to look for it. It wasn’t hard to find. The shiny black locomotive which first ran in the late 1880s was parked somewhat sadly in a railway siding behind a security fence. What a beauty it had been.

    At the end of the tracks, near the wharf, we saw some of the Flyer’s carriages, the guard’s van and wagons, mostly undercover. We felt like we had discovered something special and weren’t sure if we were supposed to be there. Like kids, we clambered up the steps of the cars and peered through the dusty, spider-webbed windows of the carriages.

    In one of them, we could see rows of seats, brass light fittings, a tin roof and a first-aid locker. It looked like it had been a high end carriage at one time. Another carriage housed the kitchen for the train. It wasn’t in very good shape though.

    We had to chuckle when we noticed a mailbox on the side of a carriage, with a plaque above its slot for mailing letters that read:

    "Letters posted here must bear four cents extra rate of postage as late fee."

    Protected from the elements, the carriages appeared to be in good condition. We wondered why the locomotive wasn’t undercover as well.

    There was a small restaurant nearby called the Kingston Flyer Cafe. We think that it was the old train station. It was a picturesque building with window boxes full of colourful petunias. We went in and looked at the old train photos and ads through the years.

    There was also a newspaper article written in The Otago Daily Times on December 13, 2018 with the headline ‘Kingston Flyer Getting Back on Track’ .

    “What a thrill! All going well, the historic train, mothballed since 2013, will again fly along the 14km rail line between Kingston to Fairlight, hopefully by the end of this year. Blenheim-based Pounamu Tourism Group has leased the two locomotives and seven wooden carriages from investors who bought the train and associated land and buildings in 2017. Pounamu Tourism Group has already successfully launched The Marlborough Flyer steam train between Picton and Blenheim.

    Plans include a fast-ferry service from Queenstown to Kingston to connect with the Flyer, reminiscent of an era when the ‘Lady of the Lake’ the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw plied this end of the lake.”

    A year has passed since that article and it doesn’t look like much has been done to fix up the train, yet. There is probably a lot of red tape to go through and we figure that a lot of money will have to be spent to get it on the rails again. But, it will be great if that happens!
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  • Day126

    On the road - letzte Tage campervan

    December 18, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Unser campervan hat uns gute Dienste geleistet. Viele Orte wären ohne ihn schlecht zu erreichen gewesen. Gerade bei Kälte und Regen waren wir einfach nur dankbar. Aber auch gemischte Gefühle, denn das Reisen mit Rucksack ist zwar manchmal härter aber auch überraschender, oftmals im positiven.So geben wir unseren Komfort irgendwie auch wieder gerne auf und freuen uns auf das was nun als nächstes kommen mag:

    Wir haben vor einige Tage in den Berge zu wandern, im Mount Aspiring National Park. Danach machen wir uns mit Fahrrädern auf Richtung Ostküste.
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  • Day38

    Nur mal kurz die Beine vertreten

    January 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Die erste Runde Queenstown ist quasi vorbei. Als nächstes steht Milford Sounds auf dem Plan. Da das ziemlich abseits liegt, haben wir als Basis-Station ein Lodge in Te Anau Downs gebucht. Es gibt viele Bus-Tagesausflüge von Queenstown aus, wo man dann 17 Stunden unterwegs ist. Das haben wir uns damit gespart.

    Unsere Fahrt für heute ging somit "nur" 190 km. Trotzdem versuchten wir immer mal wieder kleine Stopps einzubauen. Einer davon sollte am Ende des Wakatipu Lakes sein, dem 77km langen See, an dem auch Queenstown liegt. Dort im Örtchen Kingston erspähten wir den kurzen Shirt Tail Trail, der auf eine Aussichtsplattform führen soll.

    Es stellte such heraus, dass sie 150 Höhenmeter dorthin auf nicht mal einem Kilometer verteilt waren, sodass besonders das letzte Stückchen ziemlich steil wurden. Hier gab es auch keinen richtigen Weg mehr, sondern man kletterte an Wurzeln dem staubigen Waldboden hinauf. Dabei hatten wir noch Glück, dass es nicht nass war, die Schilder entlang des Weges warnten, dass es dann sehr rutschig und gefährlich wird. Irgendwie sind wir erfolgreich nach oben gekrakselt und die Aussicht hat wie immer gut entlohnt. Und Spaß gemacht hat die morgendliche Kletterpartie auch.
    Einfach nur am Straßenrand ranfahren und Fotos machen kann ja jeder!
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  • Day168

    Zauberhafte Spiegelungen

    March 18, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Auf dem Weg zum nächsten Campingground fahren wir an grandiosen Spiegelungen im Wasser vorbei. 😍

    Die Seen sind teilweise 400 Meter tief und das Wasser glasklar und oft türkis. 😃

  • Day49

    Lake Wakatipu

    January 18 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    After a sleepless night, I felt ill when I went to bed at got worse during the night. I didn’t fall asleep before 1 am, was awake again at 3 and then at 5 am again as the chickens on the campground were awake then and woke me up as well 🙄😅
    I pushed in some earplugs but didn’t really manage to sleep so much more. At least I was not feeling bad anymore.
    I hade breakfast in the sun as the weather is really good again and then I was heading towards Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

    It was only a short drive to the beginning of the lake. I stopped a few times to take some pictures as you can see 😉
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  • Day357


    October 4, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Jeste nez prisla boure (jak meteorologove spravne predpovedeli), stihla jsem rano vylezt na vyhlidku na vrcholku Shirt Tail Tracku a trochu se podivat kolem jezera Wakatipu - zase z trochu jineho uhlu nez od Glenorchy nebo Queenstownu.Read more

  • Day381


    October 28, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Na kraji silnice u queenstownskeho letiste jsem vyzvedla auto, ktere bylo po 3 tydnech a s odemcenym kufrem stale na svem puvodnim miste se vsim vybavenim, juuu super ;-).
    U kluziste jsem nalodila Holandana Roberta, co se mnou ted bude nejakou dobu cestovat, benzinka, supermarket a hura do Kingstonu. Dnes tu prespime a zitra hura na cesty. Smer Stewart Island.Read more

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