Driving South

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, November 26, 2010


Day : 196
Temperature : 24 degrees
Weather : Mostly sunny, some cloudy spells

Another day dawned. We headed further south. The weather was great. In fact, it was hot weather. How can it be that it seemed to be getting warmer the further south we travel?  We were now both wearing shorts and t-shirts and still sweltering.

We stopped by the side of yet another beautiful lake. What a surprise, nobody else was there. The water was calm and crystal clear. Fish swam around on the rocks on the bottom. Behind the pebbly beach were trees and bushes and flowers. Behind this were hills, and behind the hills were more mountains. And yes, all to ourselves. Never one to miss a swimming opportunity, the swimwear was on, and I plunged in. The water was absolutely freezing. So cold I could hardly breathe…but that's only a minor detail….I won’t dwell on that point too much as I want to milk the swimming in the lake scene as much as poss, to get the maximum jealousy effect…you understand!

After half an hour warming up in the sun, I was then able to move my limbs again and so we headed off on the road. We drove past a bridge with some people jumping off it. After a second glance we turned around…no, this was not suicide, this was the AJ Hackett Bungee site….home to the original Bungee Jump. Now, you would never get me throwing myself off a perfectly intact bridge, but this would be a great spot to see other, more crazy people do just that. It was indeed very entertaining. I think the crowd liked it better when the jumper looked more terrified. And the more howling the scream, the more the crowd laughed.  Some folks were only too keen to hurl themselves off the edge into the canyon below and needed no encouragement whatsoever. Although, one poor girl stood on the edge of the platform for about 10 minutes, frozen still, eyes squeezed tight.  The staff literally had to prise her hands off the railings. The crowd was enthralled.  Eventually, she reluctantly stepped off the edge, or maybe she was pushed….difficult to tell!! Even so, she was far braver than I would ever be! Unfortunately, Harold was not allowed to bungee because he exceeded the weight limit…poor Harold!

We then stopped off in Queenstown to get some supplies before heading off again. Next stop, Milford Sound.

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Renske on

Still going strong! I love reading all your stories. I didn't write many comments, but I read a lot of your entries.
Now your in New Zealand, it must be more comfortable traveling! I'm planning to go travelling next year to Indonisia, but first I want to learn diving:-)!!!

Enjoy guys!


TR-B on

Happy Days Team!!!!!
Enjoy Milford.

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