Day 9-12 - April 27-30
27.05.2015 - 30.05.2015
Former British outposts the world over bear the marks of English civility and urban design. Proving no exception, the central gardens of the South Island with a mountainous backdrop, waterfront wharf, and colonial tea houses could easily be mistaken as home for a boy from Victoria.
Known in modern times as the site of the world's first bungee jump, Queenstown is the unquestioned heart of extreme sport in New Zealand.
With rain and wind preventing most bungee jumps and skydiving trips, a short walk discovers an epitaph in the city's most prominent park - a reminder that this southern point has always been home to adventurers. This granite monument stands to tell the tale of British military explorers who reached the South Pole but perished on the return journey.
Captain Scott's Last Message:
"... we arrived within eleven miles of our old one ton camp with fuel for one hot meal and food for two days. For four days we have been unable to leave the tent, the gale is howling about us.
We are weak, writing is difficult, but, for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past.
We took risks; we knew we took them. Things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of providence, determined to still do our best to the last.
Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale."
- R. Scott, 25th March, 1912
It would be hard to find more stark example of human resilience and bravery than that demonstrated in these final words of a champion explorer.