South Island

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Mar 26, 2010

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

So, South Island, shoo where to start! It seems we've tried every adventure activity that New Zealand has to offer!

We arrived in Picton, a lovely sea side town, but not much going on so we swiftly moved on the next morning to Kaikoura!
Kaikoura (meaning place of crayfish, or something like that?) is also a sweet seaside town, but with the addition of a
few bars and the lure of dolphin and whale sightseeing!
We tried to get on the first boat to go swimming with dolphins, but it seems one has to book a month in advance for that,
bummer:( anyway we put our name on the waiting list with not much hope. We then set off for the dive centre (cause im
so into my diving these days;) but alas, they were not going out for the next 5 days!!! So in an attempt to do SOMETHING
dave decided it would be a great idea to hire snorkeling gear and wetsuits and go crayfishing!! Being valentines day i think he
was envisioning a crayfish braai for dinner, aahhh bless:) Anyway so we suited and booted and set out into the VERY cold sea
in search of the "abundant crayfish", about 4 hours later and after a panic attack* regarding the amount of seaweed we returned empty
handed:( so it was red wine in the jaccuzzi and down to the local chippy for our romantic vday dinner!

*note: dave would like me to mention that the panic attack was mine and not his incase there is any confusion of his masculinity.

next day i treated dave to a sheep shearing show! hilarious! we were the only ones there so had a private show and got to
feed the sheep and lambs! very amusing!! we then decided to stop by the dolphin swimming place to chance our luck, and YAY
YAY YAY they had one space leaving that afternoon, woop woop!! So in high spirits we returned that arvie only to find that
there was a HIGH SEA warning and that sea sickness would be GUARANTEED. bugger. Anyway we dosed up on sea sickness pills (even
dave!!) and headed out to sea. After a very long trip out we finally found a massive pod of dolphins, about 400 they said and
we all dived in. It was unbelievable how close they were to us, playing around and making us dizzy with all the circling!
Amazing! Once safely back on land and evading sea sickness, we jumped back into our little toy car and headed down to Christchurch.

A bit of a shotgun visit here as we had to leave early the next morning to get to a gold mining town called Greymouth. The only
reason we stopped in this one horse town is because dave picked up a leaflet about cave tubing! all he had to say was "glow worms"
and i was in! Again, we were the only two on the trip so we had an awesome time tubing down the Nelson river over the rapids
and then we jumped off our tubes and got taken through a natural cave where it was PITCH dark but as soon as our guide said look
up you'd swear you were looking at the stars! glow worms everywhere!! so cool!!! our guide then whipped out a flask of hot chocolate
and some mars bars!!! happy place!!! Just before we finished up we did one last tube jump into the river, dave being eager
jumped first and our guide rolled over in fits of laughter at the amount of water that splashed out of the river!!!
She even commented "im surprised there's any water left?" ha ha ha ha!!! priceless.

Next day we continued our road trip down to the Franz Josef glacier! We had booked ourselves on a heli-hike to the middle of the
glacier with a guide! We got taken up on a helicopter and then just dropped onto the glacier, put on some crampons and some
hideously sensible snow jackets and pants and headed off exploring the glacier. The dude had to literally pick axe our way through
the glacier, crossing a few rivers and ice caves, very very cool! Fast fact: our guide dude said that the glacier moves an average
of 1 metre a day and can move up to 4 metres in rainy weather! crazy hey?

From there we mozied on down to Queenstown, such an awesome town, not sure why it gets so much slack? Its like a little
french ski village, minus the french people! This is where we decided to do our sky dive from! Im sure the photos speak for themselves
but i can honestly say it was the most scariest thing i have ever done!!! how one manages to not pee in their pants when you're
sitting on the ledge of an aeroplane at 15 000 feet i dont know?! but what a rush, the force of the air is unreal and you're just falling
but it doesn't feel like that, you honestly feel like you're, ok it sounds dumb, but like you're flying! awesome awesome awesome!
(although i wont be doing that again any time soon)

On our final day in NZ, still in Queenstown, we took a gondola ride up to the top of a mountain where they had a luge track!
So we donned our helmets and set off racing around the luge on our go karts with the most breathtaking views over Lake Wakatipu!
Of course dave being the competitive freak that he is, won by miles each and every time, even when i asked him to slow down
to take some pics he thought it was a trick!! Anyway, we then indulged in some local beers and cocktails for the next 2 hours as
we waited for our table in the restaurant! Very drunk, to say the least. We had an awesome table overlooking the whole of the valley
that Queenstown is in, needless to say we were the last to leave as well (being a buffet and all;)

So yip, that was South Island, really good fun and i have experienced enough adrenaline for the next 10 years!
Next up, South America!
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Robin on

You certainly made the most of New Zealand, it sounded awsome, cant wait for the next instalment from South America!!
Lots of love Mum, Robinxx

Gina on

Are you guys OK - let us know please, getting worried...

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