We booked in for a Thunder Jet boat trip down the Kawarau River which runs along the end of the Remarkables mountain range. We booked this the day before and when we turned up our trip at 10:45am was cancelled as to many people had pulled out. We made it on the 12 noon one but had a little wait until then.
After a little shopping we decided to have a coffee while we waited and stopped at Pier 19. While the coffee was good we did have to wait a long time for it, and they were not busy at all. A little frustrating and we decided to change our dinner plans, which was to be at this restaurant.
The Thunder Jet was great fun and we took of down the river and through a weir that no one expected. It roared through the river getting very close to the side, to the river gravel and to what looked like submerged trees, but we never had an issue. The driver, Kylie, was great, gave us heaps of spins, as well as pointing out various interesting things along the way. We got a little wet, and the trip across the lake was pretty bouncy, but short, but it was great fun, well worth it. We also got to listen to AC/DC and Kenny Rogers – Ruby.
I went and had a Fergburger for lunch. I had to stop and have one of these famous burgers while in Queenstown. Very nice. Very popular as well. I placed my order and was told there was a 15 minute wait. They have a great production line, and pushed out burgers non stop while I was there.
For the afternoon we relaxed a little. Kylie had pinched something in her leg during the jet boat ride, and stayed in town to do a little shopping and relax with a coffee. I went back up the gondola with my camera to get some images of the scenery with it rather than the point and shoot. I’ll be putting together a few panorama images when I get home, which I’ll post when complete. I also caught someone doing the bungy jump. There are heaps of para gliders up the top usually, but today was to windy for them.
To finish our last day in Queenstown we had dinner at Tatler Restaurant & Bar which was wonderful. The two main staff members that served us were great. We had a chat to them at the end of the evening as they were both heading off to second jobs. Most of the staff working here are not New Zealanders, this is a serious tourist town. The food at Tatler was very nice, and the wine selection was as well. With the food and staff being so good, we have no trouble suggesting to anyone to go there when in Queenstown.