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Queenstown was a highly anticipated destination for several reasons. I had been watching the weather there for weeks prior to the trip. There is a web-cam located at the top of the Skyline Gondola broadcasting pictures of the fantastic scenery surrounding the town. I must say I was not disappointed, except the weather was not nearly as cooperative as it had been the several weeks before we arrived.

Queenstown is small, and we made quick work of it on foot. The scenery, on the other hand, envelops you. After a quick stop for Pizza at "The Cow" we headed directly for the gondola. The next day we traveled to Milford Sound. Only pictures can tell that story. If I were pressed for a favorite part of the entire trip, it would have to be the Milford Sound.

Two nights in Queenstown and we're ready to move on. The scenery on the way to Christchurch was very much like the high deserts of eastern Oregon. Spring was definitely a few weeks off in this region of sparse vegitation and snowcapped hills. The Canterbury Plane was much smaller than I had imagined it. We arrived in Christchurch late in the evening and left for Australia at 4:30 am, so I find it hard to really say I was in Christchurch anymore than I was in Brisbane - it was essentially a transfer stop.

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