Queenstown
New Zealand
Queenstown offers some of New Zealand's best scenic vistas.  
Taking the Skyline Gondola I arrived at a marvelous platform
for both photography and dinner, with Queenstown below.
From this same vantage point here are Queenstown gardens,
its bay, and Lake Wakatipu.  Master of the lake is a
steamboat built in 1912, a contemporary of Titanic, still in
operation and shown in my video.
Back down to sea level, here is a photo taken from the harbor
of Queenstown.  It all looks so peaceful, yet Queenstown is
New Zealand's center for dangerous thrill sports.  Of course
I avoided partaking in any of them.   
From this bridge just outside Queenstown bungy jumping
was first developed as a reckless enterprise.  Other thrills
and spills are available for those who wish to try things like
jetboats, hang gliding, skydiving, and paraflights, some of
which I filmed with two feet firmly on the ground.
My chosen adventure was a 4-wheel drive vehicle that crossed
rivers and generally provided a wild ride to even more scenic
vantage points beyond Queenstown, such as this one.  
If you have a broadband connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip, "North and South
Kiwi", by clicking on:
http://www.adventurepics.com/IBE/video1.aspx?VF=Kiwi.wmv