Kaikora, Hanmer Springs, Greymouth, Punkaki, Franz Joseph, Wanaka, Queenstown and Milford Sound!
17.05.2009 39 °F
were getting near the end of our new zealnd part of the trip now which is a shame but were looking forward to getting back into the sun in fiji!
we got the ferry across from Wellington down to Picton and began our journey down through the south island, we stopped off in a place called Kaikora where you can go whale watching (we couldnt afford that though) but we saw loads of seals just chilling on all the rocks right by the road, they were really cute and there was millions of them! we then went on a nice little place called Hanmer Springs which is surrounded by massive mountains and theres a few ski resorts around there but once again we couldn't afford to go skiing!
we then drove on through all the mountains and bypassed through a place called punakaki where the pancake rocks (loads of really thin rocks, kind of pancake shaped all piled on top of each other) and blow holes are, they were pretty cool to see (chez it was like geology heaven, you would of loved them)
We then carried on down the west coast and stopped in a place called Greymouth, where we did something called black water cave tubing, where we went down a river on black rubber rings and then into this massive cave which was pitch black all you could see was millions of little glow worms on the walls! that was cool going down all the rapids but the water level was quite low so our bums were abit sore after getting hit by all the rocks! after we'd finshed the rapids we jumped off a cliff into some freezing cold water!! that was quite scary as it was just a random cliff and it gave us brain freeze when we jumped in!
We then began our drive down to Franz Joseph where the famous Franz Jospeh glacier is and the next day we did a hike up the glacier which was awesome, climbing up ice and through little ice tunnels etc which were created in the ice age! (again chez right up your street)
We then drove down to Wanaka where we had our skydive booked! and it finally went ahead after getting up to 15,000ft in the plane in taupo and being told we were jumping in 30 seconds and the plane had to land because the wind levels sunddenly raised!! so we were so happy when we finally got to do it and it was absolutly amazing!! got some really good pictures and videos which josh is trying to put on facebook now! we couldn't stop smiling for ages after!! We then went to a place called puzzling world, there was this massive two storey maze and you had to find different things and then get out so we had a race (loser did all the washing up) and i finsihed but i couldnt find josh anywhere, we then spent the next 45 minutes wandering around the maze looking for each other! they had some crazy hallucination rooms and stuff there but they really hurt our brains!
From Wanaka we then drove down to Queenstown and the next day we hired some mountain bikes and went on a 42km mountain bike ride which was pretty hard work and we were covered in mud by the end of it but it was really cool! the next day we got up nice and early to go and do the Nevis bungy at 8am! its New Zelands biggest at 134m and was alot scarier than the skydive! there was about 12 people in our group and its done in wight order and we were the last two to go, so we stood there and watched everyone else do it before we finally got to go but it was amazing! the biggest adrenelin rush ive ever had!! we then did our white water rafting in the afternoon, which was really cool but due to all the rain the river had flooded so the rapids were pretty crazy! one of the boats in our group flipped, luckily ours didnt though! ours completly filled with water at one point but we made it out all good!
That evening we drove across to milford sound, we drove at night so didnt get to see much of the scenery, we stayed there for the night and got on a cruise at 9:30am (on joshs birthday) and that was really nice, it was abit misty but still absolutly amazing! we then began the 5 hour dirve back to Queenstown (in day light this time but also in snow) and that was awesome, we were surrounded by snowy mountains and bright blue lakes the whole way! we went for a meal that evening for joshs birthday and he ordered steak and ribs and it came on this massive chopping board, it was huge!!
were now in queenstown and going to head down to the queenstown gardens to play some frisbee golf (lilke golf but with frisbees) and then were heading up to a place called Twizel!
Josh says thanks for the birthday messages, hope everythings good back home! speak soon Josh and Charly xxx