Subject: Re: Re: New Zealand
Hi Elaine,

This Christchurch Nature stay put, are all the sightseeing within Christchurch arranged for you or are you on your own? Christchurch is a fantastic city, many sites to visit and things to do. It is generally flat so walking is generally fairly easy. Our public bus system, except for the weekend is reasonable, but many of the attractions can be reached by walking. Of course this depends where your accommodation is situated. If you want some ideas about what to do while you are in Christchurch, please do not hesitate to ask. It is a pity that Rachel and I will be on our South Island jaunt at the end of November, else we could have met.

Lake Manapouri, in my humble opinion, is a much more beautiful and scenic lake than either Te Anau or Wanaka. I think you will really enjoy a cruise on this lake. Queenstown is very touristy all year round, and reasonably expensive, but well worth a visit. Do not expect to meet many Kiwis, except the ones employed in the tourist business, as many tend to miss Queenstown and visit other areas. Having said that though Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world and many come to experience bungy jumping and the flying fox.

>There is a catamaran cruise on
>Doubtful Sound and return to Te Anau. There is also a cruise on Milford
>Sound to the Tasman Sea. Return to whart at Milford Sound, and then coach
>back to Queensland. What do you think? This is a very good choice especially the cruise on the Doubtful sound. This sound is larger than Milford and again in my opinion, the better of the two. When the the engines on the cruise ship are cut, it is amazing, all you will hear is complete silence, maybe some bird calls.

>Should I add two more days to see
>Franz Josef/Tranzalpine Train and then back to Christchurch and home? If you can I would. The Tranzalpine trip over Arthurs Pass to Greymouth is well worth it. The two twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef are also well worth the effort. Seeing you missed out on your balloon trip, why not take a fixed wing or a helicopter flight and land on one of them. Just a suggestion Elaine.

You sound like like a young and sensible 71 year old and I know, if you do come, you will enjoy yourself. You travel whatever way you feel the most comfortable with. If you want any further info. on anything do not hesitate to ask.

Regards, Richard Bloomfield.(New Zealand)