The next day we shipped our bodies to Queenstown, in the center of the
south half of the South Island. Unbeknownst to us, the routes had
changed, and we were routed through Christchurch. We perhaps could
have taken our bikes on the plane with us... oh well. They made me
take Mom's camp stove out of my backpack and carry it in the cabin
section. They also made us both take our matches in the cabin
section. !!! When we got to Queenstown, we had enough time to buy
some food for camping before catching a bus to Te Anau.
In Te Anau, despite having reserved a twin (two beds, one room), we had a suite with a kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. The only catch was that we shared it with three other women. I was mildly annoyed at the intrusion, but I was very very very very happy after the fact.
The women who we shared the suite with had just finished the Milford Track, and had lots of advice on what to take and what to leave behind. Sheila made Hala dump her blow dryer, king-sized flashlight, two of her three towels, two of her three hairbrushes, and lots of excess clothes. [Hala went to Australia last year, and packed for a similar trip. In Australia, however, she had a car, was only there for two weeks, and never did laundry!] I left the camp stove and my sleeping roll.
Skip to other pages: Queenstown, Christchurch, The Bike Tour, Nelson, Christchurch (again), and The North Island.
Copyright, Kaitlin Duck Sherwood, 1994