Nelson, Via Queen Charlotte Highway

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 28, 2008

We got up to the sound of the annoying foreign couple who can't seem to control the volume level of their voices! They were talking in their tent till late last night, so much so that I actually got up and got my ear plugs out.
We packed the tent away and had breakfast, we found the manner of the locals continued to be surly and just a bit off when Robert wanted to use the kitchen and told in no uncertain terms that he couldn't as they were cleaning it, how rude!

We spent a good old hour or so sat outside the local post office ringing State Insurance company (our car insurance) who have managed to yet again screw my direct debit payment form and not taken the payment and thus cancelled my policy! How bloody backward is this company! Even though every payment has been made by me by credit card over the phone! Aarrgg! Anyway the policy got re-instated and the girl took my bank details over the phone and entered them straight into the computer! Why it's taken this long to get this done beats me!
I rang my dad, who seems to be doing ok, then posted some stuff home.

We decided to drive back up to Picton via the main road and it took only 20 mins as opposed to the 2.5 hours yesterday going the coastal route (but it was far less pretty and interesting). From picton we took the Queen Charlotte Drive to Haverlock which was immensely pretty and had loads of lookout points and walks. At Haverlock we stopped and had lunch at a cute, little picnic spot by the water. We continued onto Nelson stopping at a place at Cable Bay where we (yes, even me) did a skywire. (see the photos)

We were thrown off the top of a mountain in a swing cage 150 meters above the ground level. OH.MY.GOD! I must be crazy. It was actually really good, until the second time when we hit 88kph and the grabber thing that was supposed to stop us didn't grab! And we were dragged backwards and had to hang suspended at 150 meters above the ground until it caught and could continue. I was really scared and my heart was deep in my stomach. I was glad to get off at the end. Robert of course liked it and took photos and video whilst on it! He's crazy too.
On the way up the mountain our guide showed us the largest Matai tree in New Zealand, it's nearly 2000 years old. Awesome! And he made us eat leaves.

We arrived in Nelson via a coastal road and got a nice view on the way in. At the tourist information we got a street map and found our way with it to the woofing place in Richmond.

We were met by Warren who showed us around the 10 acres and the house. Our room is nice and everything is really clean. Debbie was at work. We unpacked (I do like unpacking) and had dinner quite late when Debbie got home. We enjoyed chatting and went to bed about 1am. I hope we get up early enough in the morning.
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