Penguins, Seals and Dolphins galore!

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Hello from the East Coast!

Had our second day skiing in Queenstown, which was amazing. The weather was absolutely perfect, not a cloud in the sky. This meant we could see where we were going, which made the whole skiing experience a bit more pleasurable!

Amy and I both got a bit more confident, and we even dared to do a blue run. It's safe to say I stuggled but Amy zipped down like Herman Meyer!

Had a really good day skiing and really packed in the runs. There was no time for resting, although we did manage to squeeze in a cheeky hot chocolate at the top of the mountain!

That night we were both physically (from the skiing) and emotionally (from the sulking whilst skiing) shattered. We had some digusting New Zealand soup for dinner and collapsed into our beds.

The next morning, still aching, we got the gondola to the top of one of the mountains next to Queenstown. Here, someone has had the brilliant idea to install a luge track. Luging in New Zealand is where you sit in a small kart on wheels and zip down a 2m wide track which has been carved out of the mountain. It's about as much fun you can have without attaching an engine! They even have a separate chair lift to carry you back to the start, once you've finished racing down the much fun.

We then headed off in the car to Milford Sound. The drive took about 3 1/2 hours, but it has to be one of the most scenic drives in the world. The scenery is breathtaking. Milford itself is also about as far from civilisation as you can get in New Zealand. It has one hotel, one bar and one road which leads to it and stops once you get to the sea. Only 140 people live there. To get a road to go there they've had to carve a 1km long tunnel in the mountain.

We spent the night in the only hotel and woke up early for our boat trip around Milford Sound. The weather (once again) was perfect, not a cloud on the sky. Got some really amazing photos. Amy wasn't really looking forward to the trip, as she isn't the biggest fan of views, but that soon changed with the spotting of all the fauna. We saw penguins, a school of bottle nose dolphins and two fur seals. Amy loved it!

Whilst on the boat trip back me and Amy both needed the toilet. There was one toilet on the boat which we both walked over to. Me being a gent, I opened the door and exclaimed, 'After you Amy'.

To my surprise, Amy did not respond with a, 'thank you, Nick', but instead a look of horror came over her face. I turned to the toilet to see an old japenese lady sat on the bog, looking slightly distressed, as I showed her off in all her glory, to the rest of the boat.

Who doesn't lock the door?! Seriously, on a boat full of people, who doesn't lock the door?! Needless to say, the woman was very embarassed and me and Amy spent the rest of the boat ride in histerics.

After, we rushed to the car to beat the coach loads of japanese tourists out of Milford and headed accross the south island, to Dunedin. It seems a bit like Glasgow. Got a day of nature spotting planned for tomorrow, but will update you on that later.

Hope you're all well.

Speak soon,

Nick and Amy xx

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krisnlinda on

All sounds great fun, but not too good for the bronze. The 2 grannies have seen your entries and commented "Who?"

Mum and Dad on

Sounds fantastic as usual! And it was nice to have pics aswell. Dad and I have howled laughing at the stories you tell. Keep on having fun. Can't wait for next instalment. Take care. Love to you both. M and D xxx
PS Rachel's in Spain - booked at 2pm Wednesday, flew at 8am Thursday!

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