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... You still have to pedal, and really steep hills are still hard, but it's SO fun to ride because you can get going really fast! It tops out around 20/25 kmph, which is about 12/15 mph. That may not sound like much, but when you're flying down the road it's way fun! As soon as I rode the hybrid bike, I basically washed my hands of the road bike. Yeah, we're done here, was pretty much my reaction. So I've been wandering around the countryside on this WICKED AWESOME bike, seeing ...
... that was zoomed in on was the Alpha Centaura, then we got to see the Jewel Box Galaxy, named because it is supposed to be lots of different colours when you look at it.
We then got to look at the third star of Orion’s belt, as it looks fuzzy. It’s because there is a blackhole behind it! We got to look at the black hole, well you just see black, but you can see the light around it then a suspicious black patch.
Last thing we got to look ...
Today was the first day in Queenstown. Most of my group decided to do bungee jumping, canyon swing or skydiving for the day, but I not. Instead I was going on a funyark trip. What is this? First a speed boot drive and then paddling back with a Kanu in a national park. The decision was a real good one. ...
... but the most interesting bit was the glaciers - being able to see at first hand the effect of global warming was quite an education. The Tasman glacier is the largest of NZ’s glaciers at, currently, approximately 24km in length, but it’s shrinking fast at a rate of 480-820m per year, expected to be only 20km long by 2027. The resulting Tasman lake started to develop in the early 1970s and is now 7km long and with the ongoing effects of climate change, is ...
... As far as I'm concerned, New Zealand lives up to all the hype.
We learned that New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by humans, both in terms of indigenous settlement (the Māori ) and European colonization. This, combined with its geological youth, rugged terrain, and geographical isolation, makes for a sparsely populated country and contributes to its rustic and unspoiled charm. It is no surprise that Peter Jackson chose ...