February 24th, 2015 - Queenstown, New Zealand - Day 192

Peter's POV 

Today was massive day, we woke up around our usual time, but today we didn't get to work. We hopped into the car and drove 45 minutes to the trailhead of the Routeburn trail. We planned to walk 8 miles of the trail after the walk we were planning on going to get Ferg Burgers. We bagan the walk and were immediately overtaken with dense forest and the bluest river that I have ever seen. 

 The river 

The river 

After crossing the river we were eaten up by the forest. This forest was like nothing I had ever seen before, it looked so old. There was no dirt anywhere to be seen the whole floor was covered in a carpet of moss. The dirt that was attached to the tree roots had fallen away and moss had grown in the top forming a cave like thing.

 The cave like thing

The cave like thing

Don't get me wrong, the forest was beautiful but it was very different from anything that I had ever seen before. The Routeburn trail is a hiking wonder, the trail seems almost impossible to maintain, the forest is always fighting to take over the trails. The trail cuts across a lot of rivers and gorges. 

 One of the many gorges 

One of the many gorges 

The scenery was so beautiful that it took us about 2 hours and 10 minutes to walk for miles. When we got to the point that we were planning on turning around it was 2 o-clock. We sat on the shore of a blue river for a little bit then turned around and walked back to the car. Because we were not stopping to take pictures we shaved an hour off of the time. 

 I felt like we were in the rain forest. 

I felt like we were in the rain forest. 

When we got into town we dropped my mom off at Ferg Burger and went to find a parking spot. 

If you have ever been to Queenstown you know that Ferg Burger is amazing even before you order your burger. The reason that I say this is because the line is stretched out the door every hour that it is open. We were told that the wait was about 25 minutes after we order, and the line that stretches out the door is just to order!

 A plaque outside the door

A plaque outside the door

The line actually went surprisingly fast and we were ordering within 15 minutes of getting there. Once we made the order we went to walk around while we waited. The wait went fast, we were in the car driving towards home with warm burgers in our hand about 20 minutes later. 

 The burger

The burger

The burger was easily the best burger that we have had on the trip maybe the best burger ever. We ate the giant burger at about 5:30, our plan was to have it for lunch. We finished off the day with a movie called the Kings of Summer.