We’ve been jumping around a lot the past few weeks.
From Christchurch we headed to the popular holiday spot of Queenstown. The population of this modern, alpine village rolls over every six months with nearly half the population moving out and being replaced with a new set of citizens. Being spring, the town was quiet but will pick up soon with the summer tourist season.
Further up the lake is a small town called Glenorchy. Not much to do there but some nice scenery. Follow the dirt road north and you reach Paradise, and if the weather was a bit more pleasant I could understand the naming. Right across the lake from Glenorcy is the quite hamlet of Kinloch, home to only a lodge and accompanying tavern. We stayed here for a several days and explored the area including the Routeburn Track and Glacier Burn.