Ghertner Family Walkabout travel blog

On the TSS Earnslaw

Shearing a sheep



Highland Cattle

Shea and Yates - back from Coronet Peak

Yates man wiped his robe

So much to do and so little time....we elected to divide and conquer today with Shea and Yates going to ski/snowboard at Coronet Peak and Helen and I heading out to Walter's Peak Sheep Station.

For Yates, this was his first opportunity to ski/snowboard and he and Shea made the most of it. Based on the pics and the fact that Yates fell asleep about 5 minutes after we got back to the Rees, I would say it was a successful day.

For Helen and me, we started out by taking the TSS Earnslaw, a steam powered vessel built in 1912, for a 45 minute cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter's Peak. Walter's Peak is a 64,000 acre ranch that plays host to 20,000 sheep at any given time. As part of our visit, we had a chance to watch a ranch hand sheer a sheep (10-12 lbs of wool off a given sheep), watch the sheep dogs work the sheep and feed a number of the other animals on the farm (the most interesting being a Highland Cow - check out the tongue on the guy).

After we got back, Helen and I milled around Queenstown, hit a Japanese restaurant for a sushi lunch and then went to the Odyssey Maze which was an interactive experience unlike any other - imagine walking through mirrored rooms, dark jungles, floor to ceiling balloon filled rooms, all with loud music and strobe lights. Pretty cool actually.

We met back up with Yates and Shea, grabbed some quick Mexican food and then headed back to the Rees.

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