11.03.2013 - 11.03.2013
Firstly, apologies for lack of updates been too busy to update regularly and WiFi can be hit and miss at times!
Currently coming to the end of our time in Fiji, but let's get the rest of New Zealand done first!
Going to keep it brief as there's practically a months worth to cover! Ok so from the last entry..
7th Feb - Travelled to Wellington, just a one night stop over. Stopping for 4 nights on way back up to Auckland as its supposedly hip and happening, art and culture capital of NZ.
8th Feb - Travel to Kaiteriteri. Lovely little seaside town where all we had time to do here was get drunk in the evening and soak up the gorgeous sun on the gorgeous beach in the morning.
9th Feb - Travelled to Westport near Lake Maniphua where we stayed in legendary Les' 'Poo Pub' (which was a right state of a place really) but enjoyed our evening there with our theme for the night being ABC... Anything But Clothes! (they do this for all the kiwi buses coming through (we're the only tour bus that stops there) and we had a good old laugh dressed in bin bags and balloons! One guy just wore a cloth cape and a cooler bag over his privates... let's just say that it didn't last all night! He is now known as Cool Bag Ball Bag. Heh heh. The music was a just a juke box which was awsome cause we got to pick our own choons all night. Backstreets Back, Alright!! Yup. Good night.
10th Feb - Travel to Wanaka. The lake was just absolutely stunning. Could just look at it all day and feel really happy. One of may favourite sights yet no doubt.
11th to 13th Feb - Travel to Franz Josef where we spent two nights and did a heli hike in the glacier there (15 min helicopter ride there and back and 3 hour hike though mountain glacier). A super cool experience (literally!) followed by relaxing in hot pools after. Aaaahhh
14th Feb - Travel to Queenstown where we spend next 4 nights. Cool town and pretty scenic.
15th Feb - Day trip to Milford Sound. Long and knackering day but so worth it. Just beatuiful.
16th Feb - 15 min Hang Gliding flight over Coronet Peak in Queenstown, woohoo!
17th Feb - Chill out day so me and Sarah hired bikes for and hour and had a cycle around Queenstown to take in more of the scenery. Really enjoyed that as it was nice going off doing our own thing at our own pace. This was then topped off with a legendary Fergburger (the biggest and best burgers ever)... amazing.
18th Feb - Travelled to Christchurch and stayed in a creepy YMCA hostel in the middle of no where (seriously, the supermarket was a 20 min walk, with nothing in between!) I.understand that a lot of Christchurch is still being re devloped follwing the big eathquake they had 2 years ago... just reckon we could have stayed somewhere a BIT better.
19th Feb - Travel to Kaikoura with lovely afternoon walk along the coastline (the others did whale/dolphin watching which was quite expensive for what it was so opted for the walk instead (plus I was feeling quite run down with cold by this point). This was then followed by a few drinks at a local Irish bar (dead as, full of locals with a 90 year old man attempting to play some form of guitar) so then bought some vodka, went back to lodge and played drinking games and got taught poker (which I actually get now... kind of.)
20th Feb - Back to Wellington where we spent 4 nights. Visited Te Papa Museum (nice modern museum, bit was hanging badly at the time so only spent 2 hours in there, was too much for my brain!) from here I went on a search for a travel adapter (I blew mine using a friends hairdryer) to no avail and ended up getting lost in downtown Wellington. Was pretty cool though, if I hadn't of got lost I wouldn't have seen around there, so was actually kind of nice getting lost and exploring on my own. Found my way back eventually with just my brain and a map (didn't want to ask for directions incase the rosd I was looking for was right in front of me!) Also had a couple of nights out here, got a selection of bars, the best night we had started of in an Irish bar (where else!?) with a live Irish band which got the night going followed by Electric Avenue which was a bar/club with a decent selection of old and new music. Seriously, it jumped from Rage against the machine to Mambo Number 5, to Blondie, to Spice Girls. And it worked together! A good night On out last night in Wellington both me and Sarah were pretty exhausted, so went to the cinema to see Safe Haven (a Nicholas Sparks adaptation) and ended up completely losing it and bawling my eyes out at the end (much to Sarah's amusement). Great film though. They always manage to throw something in right at the end that just ruins you. Brilliant.
24th Feb - Travel back up to Taupo where we spend a further 3 nights. Nice chilled few days had here by the lake. We did the Rapid Huka Falls Jet here which was good fun and killed an afternoon and decided to get a nice photo pack with that. Also visited the natural hot springs here which was a nice afternoon with the gang
27th Feb - Travelled up to Auckland again for our last 5 days. Just chilled out here really after out full on kiwi bus tour and bunged on food like animals (after about a week of healthy eating!) Met up with a friend of Sarahs, Sara (who is just lovely as) who lives out here. Went for a nice Chinese just put of town that was cheap too, bonus! Also met up with them on our last evening in New Zealand and had a lovely homecooked dinner in their new apartment. It's mad that they live in a 2 bed apartment with awsome view over Auckland when I was paying the same for a studio in dodgy Cowley! Although New Zealand is beautiful and the people are lovely, I just don't think I could live that far from home (que mum's sigh of relief!)
Best experience - 15,000ft skydivr over Lake Taupo!
Best sights - Lake Wanaka and Matthison, Milford Sound, Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom) and the view of Auckland from Devonport
Best person I've met - too many to count!
Next update, FIJI!