We had breakfast across the street from the motel and were on the van and moving at 8:30. Didn’t pull into Queenstown until after 6:30. Long day on the van. We went south along the coast to Ship;s Creek where there were both sand dunes and driftwood on the Tasman and also a swamp walk. I chose the swamp. Great ferns and huge trees. Really nice.

From there, we headed up towards Haast Pass. Lunch was unremarkable at a roadside café. Then, several stops along the way. One was at a roaring river/creek with huge boulders called Gates of Haast. Then to Fantail Falls, a potty stop at Cameron Flats, and a long drive past Lake Wanaka. Another stop at Lake Hawea and another in the town of Wanaka. Then it was over the Crown Range road (steep and twisting) way up to a gorgeous view of Queenstown. Then finally into Queenstown and dinner before going to the hotel. It was 9:00 before we got into our rooms and we have to be up ready to leave at 5:00 am tomorrow! Blech.

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