Return to the North Island

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Jun 11, 2009

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

We returned back into the North Island yesterday and after a stop over along the way, made it to Lake Taupo today.

After leaving Nelson we had a nights stop over in Glenorchy and went kayaking on the longest lake in New Zealand from the tiny village of Kinlough.  Both Glenorchy and Kinlough are peaceful, tiny villages surrounded by scenic spots used in the filming of Lord of the Rings, so we took a drive along some stony tracks to check out the magical spots.  Along the West coast in the South Island we went to see the Franz Joseph glacier.  Impressive stuff, a massive glacier in the middle of a temperate rainforest.  We took a half day trek which meant we were about 2 hours trekking on the actual ice.  We were equipped with big boots and cramptons to secure us on the ice.  They left the legs feeling very heavy and certainly tired us out. 

We had a lovely couple of days in Nelson, the sun well and truly came out.  We took a trip up the coast for a night to Kaiteriteri and went sea kayaking in the Tasman.  We bravely hired the kayaks for 4 hours so we had plenty of time to lounge on some of the beautiful beaches around the coast.  We even spotted a couple getting married on one of the beaches.  That same afternoon we headed off for a trek of part of the Abel Tasman coastal track.  This is one of the "great walks" of New Zealand and you can do it in 3-5 days while camping along the way.  Much to Declans disappointment we didn't have time for the full thing and had to make do with a 4 hour walk along part of the coast.  More gorgeous beaches along the way.  Next day, we headed back towards Nelson and stopped off for a bit of beach horse trekking at Rabbit Island.  The notion of galloping along on a horse on a sunny beach was something I had in my head on first thinking of going to NZ.  Apparantly it was not so much something Declan envisioned so I was on my own for this one!  It was lovely though my horse was a little crazy (probably more to do with my handling of her).  Still feeling a bit sore from it today.

That night we headed out in Nelson and were entertained by a trad session, not even in an Irish bar (although there is loads of them here).

Today Declan very considerately booked us in for a skydive tomorrow.  We couldn't do it today as the weather is unsuitable.  I have to say its the first time I have been crossing my fingers for rain! 
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