Wanaka/Queenstown/Mount Cook

Trip Start Nov 09, 2005
Trip End Mar 01, 2006

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Wow, this was a really busy day!! We started off by going to a place called 'Puzzling World' which was really cool. there is a big maze there, which we managed to crack in just over half an hour, and there is also a cool little exhibition full of illusions. it starts off with a load of holograms which are really amazing, and there are loads of optical illusions all over the walls which are quite whirly to be honest! Then you through to this wicked room, where you change size!! On one side you look relly tall, then on the other side you look really tall-we made a video of James just so you guys can see how it works!! From there you go into the room of following faces. It's full of huge plastic faces that follow you around the room-it's so strange! There are 168 famous faces-Beethoven, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Einstein, Mother Theresa and some one else, who i can't remember. And then the best room ever, it's the tilting room. The room is tilted at an angle of fifteen degrees and it is so weird. It really trips your brain out, and makes you feel a little bit motion sick! We quickly took some photos and then went off on our way-but before we left we stopped off at one of the best toilets i've seen so far. Check out the photographic evidence!
Once we left Wanaka we headed down to Queenstown so that James could take on the ultimate challenge of BUNGY, while i watched quietly from the sidelines. When we got to the bungy site there was a little tour that you can do where you learn about thehistory of bungy, and how the bungy cords are made which was really cool-i got to get strapped in to the harness without actually having to jump! Then we headed outside, and onto the bungy bridge. I left James to get strapped in, and went to get a good viewing point so that i could make a video so that you could all share in the experience!! I'd love to tell you that he chickened out, but he didn't and he absolutely loved. Don't think you can see it in the video clip but he got absolutely soaked when he hit the water!!!
Then, after all that excirtment we were offon the road again. We were planning to stay the night in Twizel (disappointingly pronounced twy zel, not twizel!) and head up to Mount Cook the next morning, but when we got there it was absolutely booked up so we booked into a hostel a little closer to the mountains in Glentanner. The drive up was absolutely awesome. The mountain was straight ahead, with the sun lighting up it's snowy peak, and then in front of us was a powder blue lake-called lake Pukaki. It really was like nothing i've seen before. We were planning to go walking the next morning to get some better views of the mountain-but as it happens the weather was against us, again! When we woke up the mountain was completely covered over with cloud. As it turned out we were quite lucky to see the mountain when we did as it normally covers itself over with cloud. WE decided to cut our losses and head back to the family in Christchurch.
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