As usual we made a last minute decision and on Friday decided to come up to Queenstown for the festivities. Despite there being no snow, there are many people in town and lots of good entertainment, none the least is people watching. We arrived in time for the very impressive fireworks display on the lake edge, great for all apart from a 3 year old grand daughter who didn't appreciate the very loud thundery bangs as the fireworks explode. The visual was spectacular, the best I have seen for a very long time. Each day we have walked into town from Rob's which is only a short stroll in to town, today we watched the crazy folk who enter the birdman competition and try to fly off the wharf into the 12 degree lake water. Crazy but great fun to watch. The jetboat racing was fabulous and we were standing far enough away not to get showered in water. One of the smaller jetboats sunk with 5 people and a dog on board which halted the show for a while as they scooped them up with rescue craft.
It's back to work for me tomorrow but Warren plans to stay on to spend the week helping on the building site which is Rob and Tetli's new house.