The end of Nz... And still no sighting of a Kiwi!

Trip Start Jan 28, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , Canterbury,
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Well after being tipped off that Dunedin was the Edinburgh of the Southern Hemisphere the four of us arrived with expectations of lush green parks, bagpipes and a castle on a hill. Dunedin's colonial architecture provided us with a charming city with essence of student life- we especially liked the train station... Partly due to another cracking NZ food market, however the only thing we could relate to Scotland, was the fact that the locals say 'wee' instead of little.

Having also been told that Dunedin was renowned for being cheapskis we embraced this the best way we could think of and indulged our bellies. Cadbury's World shop was raided, another cracking farmers market was visited  and we even treated ourselves to a rare dinner out in the form of an amazing Japanese meal. AJ however, still managed to spend 12 dollars on a single bottle of local beer- amateur. On our second day we made the decision to take the giant leap that is- learn how to surf. In an effort to look slightly less retarded on Oz beaches, we braved the rain and took to the waves with Glen, our rather eccentric instructor, once again in uber flattering wetsuits! And I'm pleased to say we all stood up!! Yes, we all felt very cool until we fell straight off again... No egos were bruised, only body parts, and we can all safely say we are totally hooked.

Next stop en route was Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie basin, named after a Kiwi sheep rustler- struggling with their lack of history again. However poor their history is though, Tekapo again demonstrated how incredible their scenery is. With another lake and snow capped mountain backdrop combo, Jen decided to see it in style with a good old horse trek over Mount John and around the lake. The horse novices however stuck with discovering Tekapo on two legs and tramped it up to the top of Mount John to be met with both a winning 360 view and more importantly a delicious brownie. Back at the bottom, we also discovered the beautiful church of the Good Shepherd. Said to be the most photographed church in NZ, this tiny church lived up to the hype in it's picture perfect location.

After a night spent drinking rum, learning the rules of poker from AJ and staring up at the unbelievable starry sky of Tekapo, we moved on to our unintended stop of Methven. A new stop on our journey due to having to stay clear of Christchurch, we were unsure how to spend our day in this small town. Thus after walking around the whole town in a total of 10 mins we stopped at the first bar and passed the time in the afternoon sun with numerous jugs of Tui!

Our last stop in the land of the Kiwi was Kaikoura where once again we were met by the roaring waves of the Pacific Ocean and a place famous for it's marine life; from whales, dolphins and seals to the unassuming and highly sought after crayfish. This seaside town allowed us to enjoy our last night out in NZ and see some lazy seals up close as we rented bikes out to the famous colonies. After AJ and Wells trialled some of the local and highly overpriced crayfish, Jen finally ticked the hitchhiking box after breaking her bike halfway home and seeking the aid of lovely Jim and his truck.

NZ bid us a fond farewell as we spent our final day in Kaikoura indulging in some serious sunbathing on comfy leather chairs with a glass of Mount Gay in hand and contemplating our 6 weeks spent in this incredible country.


It is now 8 pm and we find ourselves spread out on the floor of Christchurch airport preparing for a fun night ahead as we wait for our nice and social flight to Melbourne at 6 am.

How to sum up 6 weeks in NZ? We've taken you through our journey place by place, but of course there are always highlights....

From Sailing and sunbathing amongst the beautiful Bay of Islands to jumping out of a plane in Taupo and off a bridge in Queenstown, to surfing in Dunedin we've certainly tried our hand at any activity that's come our way, yet also unearthed a geeky love for a good ol NZ tramp with the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Abel Tasman National Park walks remaining some of the best days of our trip. 

In spite of our tragic Magic Bus journeys, we've met some awesome people on our way through and found the Kiwis (and particularly their accent) to be 'Sweet  as'! Such meetings were usually encouraged by having either a bottle of Tui or rum and coke in hand- a drink that was usually accompanied by a night out in one of the country's many Base hostels....or any of our nights out in Queenstown for that matter!

Choosing between our favourite lakes would be like choosing your favourite child, and the endless vista of rolling hills in North Island and the snow capped peaks of South Island mixed with sandy beaches will definitely take some beating on the scenery front.
Thus in spite of our obvious excitement  at moving on to a new country, we remain nostalgic and sad at having to say goodbye to this beautiful place. NZ it's been awesome. Over and out.
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lynnbw on

hi guys,hanna danna;s mum here. just to say we love the blog, it's a great way of keeping in touch and seeing you guys having the times of your lives. hope flight to melbourn and arriving there is up to your travelling you are becoming worldly wise experts! enjoy country no3 looking forward to the austrailian blog experiance! take care of yourselves and look out for each other.much love keep up the fun hannah;s mum xx a special hug for our beautiful daughter love you our sweet pea xx

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