Te Anau to Queenstown. More beautiful driving. This region is the main area for deer farming. In addition to the sheep and cattle, are the Red Deer. This morning the sun hit the deer just right and you can really see how red they are. I've never seen this many deer in one group before. Hundreds to thousands at a time. It's pretty wild. They also farm North American Elk. There are some really big bulls. The racks on them are bigger than a VW Bug. The deer/elk are mainly farmed for the venison and the velvet on the horns (shipped to Korea, so I'm told). We haven't tried any venison steaks, but have had delicious lamb steak and beef stew.
Queenstown can be called the adventure capital of south NZ. The city has a very ski-town feel to it. From here you can snow ski, bungy jump, sky dive, bike, hike, boat, rock climb, canyon, hangglide, luge, wine tour, or drink beer and listen to music...just to name a few activities.
Early this morning I (Scot) had the opportunity to bungy jump at the birthplace of the bungy. The Kawarau Suspension Bridge was the world's first commercial bungy operation. It was exhilarating! This was my first time with a bungy, and I will do it again. So much fun. The staff at Kawarau Bungy were amazing. I went for a 'touch', to touch the water, but it didn't happen.
The setting of the jump is really beautiful. The river below a glowing blue. The sun hadn't yet come over the hills so there was still a chill in the air. Just around the corner was a few wineries, what a better place to celebrate the jump. Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Yum!
We bought a bottle of Pinot Blanc, some stinky cheese, a loaf of homemade bread. Lunch is set.