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02/14/12    New Zealand Trip

Part 3 - Fiordland NZ

What spectacular scenery we saw in Fiordland National Park as part of a wilderness tour that included bus travel and a scenic cruise in Doubtful Sound.  It rains 2 days out of 3 here, but we praise the Lord for a lovely day with no rain!
016A_201202_03 SandR Doubtful Sound_SM

Richard enjoying the cruise
016B_201202_03 Richard in Doubtful Sound_SM

Typical Doubtful Sound scenery.   Actually this is a fiord and not a sound, since it was formed by glaciers instead of river erosion.
016C_201202_03 Doubtful Sound Scenery

As part of the bus tour, we went to an underground power station, winding way down into the mountain like on a giant corkscrew.   It was amazing to see the bus turn around at the bottom of the tunnel with not much more than a coat of paint to spare as it negotiated a tight u-turn.
016D_201202_03 Manapouri Power StationTunnel_SM

Hmmm . . . I believe these mountains are taller than WV hills!
016E_201202_03 Suz viewing tall mts_SM

Food was terribly e$pen$ive! We saved money by buying groceries and preparing our own breakfasts and either lunch or dinner.  However, we $plurged on a traditional English meal at this lovely restaurant.  On other nights we enjoyed fish and chips, which is the NZ equivalent of fast food.
016F_201202_04 Dinner English menu_sm

To see pictures of the Christchurch area, click here

To see pictures of the West Coast area, click here

To see pictures of the Southland and Catlins areas, click here


Jan NZ-Part 3