On the road to Queenstown

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The road from Wanaka to Queenstown goes up and over the Crown Range, 1076 metres above sea level. It was finally finished sealing in 2000 and has now become a major tourist route.

What a difference to the West Coast scenery. No lush, moss draped forest, this is drier, spinifex covered hills. More like the Australian landscape. A local person told me that driving around New Zealand you can expect a complete change of scenery every 2 hours.

Leaving the lakes behind we head for the hills. This is top skiing country in the winter, but now it is the start of autumn and not busy. At 10-30 we stop at the Cardrona Hotel for a look around and a coffee. It was built in 1863 and still has the old world charm with heavy wooden beams, large, comfy leather lounge seats and a cosy fire in the large brick fireplace. I can picture all the apres ski activities here. A lovely warm haven after a day on the ski slopes. Even today it was a welcome stop for a coffee and home baked scone.

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