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Central Otago Wine Region & Queenstown (April 2017)

23 April 2017
From Wanaka, we drove an hour to Cromwell, the Central Otago Wine Region. Central Otago is the world's southernmost wine producing region and the best Pinot Noir wines are made here. We visited four wineries; Mt. Rosa, Mt. Difficulty, Chard Road, and Wet Jacket wineries. The wineries were all nice, some more scenic than others, and all had great wine and cheese tastings. Of course, with Pinot Noir being our favorite wine we made a few purchases. (See Photos)

We drove an hour to Queenstown, which is the adrenalin capital of adventure sports including jet boat rides, a luge, bungy jumping, zip-rides, and a swing that takes you 75 mph, 500 feet above a river. We stopped at the historic Kawarau Bridge to witness the crazy bungy jumping. This was the first commercial bungy jumping facility, built in 1988. The bridge is 140 feet over the Kawarau Gorge. We watched one guy jump, almost touching the water at the bottom. Once he quit bouncing up and down, they got him down using a boat. Neither Tony nor I had any desire to bungy jump ($200 per peson)! (See Video)

Queenstown is a city of 13,000 people, located on Lake Wakatipu, with lots of shopping and restaurants. We took the gondola ride up to the top and watched the people on the "luge", which is a go-cart like sport that my brothers would love! We also did a short hike through the forest at the top to see the views. We only stayed one night in a hotel there. (See Photos)

Cheers! G&T

Drive thru Southern Alps & Wanaka (April 2017)

22 April 2017
We drove 5 hours through the Southern Alps to Wanaka. The scenery was spectacular. We stopped at several viewpoints along the way, and a salmon farm, where we had some wonderful smoked salmon. We also stopped to do a short hike to the Blue Pools. The hike was an easy 1-hour hike through the forest to get to the river and the pools. It made for a nice break along the way with a picnic lunch. (See Photos)

Wanaka is a small ski resort town with a small marina and a beach along Lake Wanaka (pop 6,500). We stayed in a nice AirBNB (Vickie & Greg's house) with a view over the lake. There were some cute shops and good restaurants; our favorite was the Kika restaurant. We did a 4-hour hike around Diamond Lake and up to Rocky Mountain Lookout. The scenery along the way was great and the 360 view at the top was wonderful. This was one of our favorite hikes. (See Photos)

Cheers! G&T

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers, NZ (April 2017)

20 April 2017
Franz Joseph and Fox are only 20 minutes apart and only a few hundred people live there. But, there are thousands of tourists every day during the peak season, which luckily, we avoided. Franz Josef is the bigger town and is charming with more options for hotels (we stayed at Terrace Motel) and restaurants (our favorite was the Snake Bite). (See Photos)

There are 3,200 glaciers scattered throughout the Southern Alps, with Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers being the most accessible. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are the third and fourth largest glaciers in NZ, both about 7 miles long and descend from 3,000 meters to near sea level. They get about 100 feet of snow per year, and the ice is 1,000 feet thick.

The big tourist attraction is the helicopter rides to see the glaciers ($250 for a 20-minute ride, or $500 for a 4-hour walk on the glacier). The big attraction for us was the hiking. We did 3 hikes; one to see the face of Fox Glacier, one tough hike to get a good view of Franz Josef Glacier, and one around Lake Matheson. (See Photos)

The other attraction for me was the Kiwi Breeding Center. There is a colony of the rarest Kiwis, the Rowi, located just an hour from Franz Josef. They have a wonderfully successful program to protect the Kiwis where they steal the eggs (before they are eaten by possums and stoats) and bring them back to the Center to hatch. After the Kiwis are full-grown, they tag them and release them back to their home. They use drones to monitor the Kiwis, so they know where they are and know when they have eggs. Over the past 3 years, they have released about 60 kiwis back into the wild and there are now about 200 kiwis in the reserve. When I was there, they had two 4-month old Rowis that I got to see. But, because they are nocturnal birds, they keep them in a dark room with dirt floor and woods, with no cameras allowed. But, I took a video of their video. (See Video)

Cheers! G&T
Vessel Name: Cetacea
Vessel Make/Model: Cheoy Lee 53' Motorsailor
Hailing Port: Houston, Texas, USA
Crew: Tony Wessendorff & Gail Corrigan
About:
After 25 fun filled years as an environmental consulting firm owner, Gail sold her company and she and her husband, Tony the CFO, retired to go sailing on their boat Cetacea (see photo gallery). Cetacea was in St. [...]
Extra: P.S. Cetacea is the higher order biological name for whales and dolphins. Whales and dolphins are cetaceans. And our boat is a big fat whale of a boat, hence the name Cetacea! Not to mention that Tony & Gail, like all sailors, love whales.
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Train ride and Aguas Caliente, Peru.
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Cathedral and the city sights, Cusco, Peru
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Sacsayhuaman Ruins, Peru
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Qorikancha Temple
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Pukara and Raqchi Inca Sites, on the drive from Puno to Cusco, Peru
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Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca in Peru
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Puno & Uros Floating Islands
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Colca Canyon & Chivay, Peru
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Alpaca Museum & Outlet
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Santa Catalina Monastery
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Huaca Pucllana Archeological Site in Lima.
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Touring Curacao
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Spanish Waters and Willemstad
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Cactus, iguanas and salt pans
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