We all woke up to another drizzly day in Queenstown but we had high hopes that this one would be a bit happier. Unfortunately our son wasn’t in a good way though and we ended up at the Emergency Department being treated for concussion following yesterday’s accident. Again, we were thoroughly impressed with all the nurses and doctors, and thankfully, having arrived at 9am we were there before all the skiing accidents turned up so we were seen to nice and quickly. They managed to get lots of strong painkillers and some fluids and ice cream into him so we left with a much happier boy. Unfortunately the first thing he did when we got back to the apartment was throw himself into the TV stand and give himself a bloody, swollen nose and two black eyes!
Despite that, the rest of the day was a great success. We finally managed to go on our 90-minute cruise around Lake Wakatipu with Million Dollar Cruises. At only $39 per adult and $20 per child, it is one of the best value activities you can do in Queenstown. It was a small group, I think there were only about 20 people on our cruise, but the maximum it ever takes is 60, so a lot more personal than most other cruises around the lake. We went across Lake Wakatipu right to the end of the lake, viewing stunning homes, rare birds and other birdlife, Historic Dam and Willow Islands and all the magnificent scenery of Queenstown from the water.
The captain of the boat gave great commentary, we leaned a lot about Queenstown such as the fact that there are no native trees because of the alpine climate, so the thousands of trees you see have all been introduced. We also cruised past a home that has a 24 car garage – really!