Friday was a a long drive to Queenstown over Haast Pass with a hike to the Blue Pools over a suspension bridge reminiscent of Indiana Jones. We drove on to an old gold rush town, Arrowtown, for lunch and then to the Peregrine Winery for wine tasting, with a last stop at the Hackett Bungy (sic) Jump bridge to watch people hurling themselves off a platform. None of group succumbed to temptation there. We arrived in Queenstown at the Heritage Hotel for our last two nights with the group. Anne had strained an ankle muscle (on the "good" ankle, i.e. the one without steel rods in it) on the Blue Pools walk earlier in the day, which had then seemed OK until walking down a step at the Bungy Jump place, which seemed to trigger it again. With ice and an Ace bandage, she is almost back to normal now, but the ankle still feels "tired".
Saturday was an exciting jet boat ride up a glacial braided river, with a few 360 degree spins for thrills. The day was a bit rainy, but still fun and a good chance to see some "Lord of the Rings" territory. A little shopping in Queenstown followed by our farewell dinner that night ended our week as a group, and we bid our farewells on Sunday morning at breakfast.
Today we are off for a three day trip to the Milford Track with a subsidiary tour company arranged through Classic Journeys. One other member of our original group is coming along, and there will be several new faces on this segment.