Daily Archives: November 12, 2014

an email from Air New Zealand and dinner at the Bunker.

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I got an email Air New Zealand with an invitation to the Koru lounge for the day of my trip home. It is how a business fix problems that says a lot about them and I very much appreciate the day in the lounges ( Christchurch and Auckland) and also that the team manager emailed me while he was on his own time. If it wasn’t for his emails I would still be very upset. Thanks Air New Zealand.

Tonight I went for dinner at “the Bunker” . It is very small ( around 25 ish seats ) and you have to book in advance. It is well worth going to as the food was beautiful and plentiful. I had the “taste of the South” menu which is like a degustation but the main section is apparently very generous. ( I asked them to make mine small).

There is also a cocktail bar upstairs

I had
Chef’s daily creation or local delicacy. ( baby squid and a croquette)
Deutz Prestige (Marlborough)(75ml)

Roasted South Coast Scampi with pulled pork and prawn risoni puttanesca, salsa verde and micro coriander.
Peregrine Pinot Gris (Central Otago)(75ml)  ( without the coriander as I don’t do coriander)

Agnolotti of hand picked West Coast Paua (abalone) with confit garlic cream and shaved parmesan.
Brancott Letter Series ‘O’ Chardonnay (Marlborough) (150ml)

Seared backstrap and braised shoulder of Otago alpine merino with noisette
potatoes, caramelized carrot purée, minted broad bean salsa and thyme jus.
Church Road Reserve Merlot Cabernet (Hawke’s Bay) (150ml)

Central Otago manuka honey and saffron creme brulee with citrus salsa and pistachio biscotti. .
Wooing Tree ‘Tickled Pink’ Dessert Rosé (Central Otago) (50ml)

and they sent me home with

Duo of Whitestone cheese with fresh honeycomb and crackers as there was no way I could fit it in.

The staff are lovely and have great personalities. The manager Cathy totally owns the room. She has a great laugh and laughs a lot.

It was very kindly turned into “with matched wines” by a generous donation from Mike and Sue. Thanks guys 😀

I am off to the TSS earnslaw steamer BBQ lunch tomorrow. ( hope I have room) and a trip up the gondola .

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Milford Sound

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I read about a website called bookme where you buy experiences at a discount rate. I got a trip to Milford Sound on a six seater plane through Air Wakatipu for around $100 off and paid $345 AUD. If you get there by coach it takes 4 hours each way. On the trip up there were 3 people that had booked through bookme and one staff member of a car rental picking up a vehicle. The pilot, Gareth, a lovely young Californian man said the weather was perfect. I got to sit up the front for the trip up. It was interesting seeing how many knobs and levers the pilot needs to adjust. It was a very smooth take off and an even smoother landing. a gps map of our trip

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the water is a lot bluer than that. It is so blue as the Schist rock from the mountains seeping into it and changes t to the beautiful blue. Apparently it  make the water taste gritty

the water is a lot bluer than that. It is so blue as the Schist rock from the mountains seeping into the water changes it to the beautiful blue. Apparently it make the water taste gritty. 

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I got to sit up the front :)

I got to sit up the front 🙂

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We went up the fiord in a jucy cruiser . My luggage arriving the night before meant I didn’t freeze. 🙂 The Milford Sound, I learnt is, incorrectly named as a “as a sound is in fact a large sea or ocean inlet larger than a bay, deeper than a bight, and wider than a fjord, while Milford Sound is formed by the actions of glaciers.” We saw a couple of yellow eyed penguins or hoiho in Maori. One of the Canadians on my bookme tour lives in Queenstown and he was saying that they are endangered as they were killed off by a disease about 10 years ago. We also saw seals and there was a dolphin leading the boat back up the fiord on the trip back.

They have a cafe onboard called “Pita Pit” that sell , strangely enough, Pitas. It was yum.

This waterfall supplies the town of Milford with water and generates it's electricity.

This waterfall supplies the town of Milford with water and generates it’s electricity.

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We hit some turbulence on the way home, at one point it felt like we dropped metres but it was probably inches. The lovely Canadian girl was too busy clasping on to the handle to give the pilot a thumbs up that she was ok. 😉

I was really glad that I made the trip and even gladder that I had opted to fly. We felt rather hoity toity that when we got back to the dock we had our own private pilot waiting and didn’t have to endure a four hour bus trip back to Queenstown.