Ice, Ice Baby..!!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So I've mentioned already that both Oz and New Zealand are pretty expensive places so we've had to sleep in 4-10 bed dorms in the majority of places just because it's cheaper. Jesus some people have got bad habits! There's always one snorer......FACT!! There's light-putter-onners at sh@t o'clock (1 German guy in particular at 5am tested us both....prick!!). There's the guys who get there late, unpack EVERYTHING, go straight to bed then wake up dead early and NOISILY pack again and go!! WHY UNPACK!!!? Aaaargh!! The rustle of plastic bags is amplified MASSIVELY when you're still in bed aswell!! Then there was the snoring, farting, burping bloke next to me in Singapore.....who turned out to be a chic! (Single traveller for a while longer me thinks love!!!)! The Chinese are good woman brought a LOUD TICKING CLOCK into the dorm!! That same woman left her BRASSIERE on my bag!!! What do I do with that!!?!!? The annoying German woman who kept SNOOZING her bleedin LOUD alarm at 6, 6.10, 6.20.....JUST GET UP WOMAN!!!!! A guy in Queenstown 'tip tap F@CKIN tapping' on his laptop right next to me at 3.30am!! GO TO SLEEEEEEP!!! We've even woke up with a traffic cone in the middle of the room recently! (19 year old's birthday....I can accept that!).
And it's not just dorm habits are ATROCIOUS!! People eating out of PANS..!! I need that pan son!! HURRY UP or get a bloody plate!! Who eats out of a pan!!? At home would you wash your pots and put them straight into the cupboard without drying them...??!!!! NNNNOOOOOO!!! So don't do it here either you tool!!! This plate's WET THROUGH!!!! People sometimes just don't even bother washing up sometimes.....the worst we've seen is at breakfast in Queenstown, a guy sat down near us, ate 2 bites out of a piece of cold pizza, then just got up and walked off! The pizza was still there on a plate that night!!! Unreal!!!!! We must be getting very old very quick to notice all this stuff!!
Anyway, let's get back on track! A place called Wanaka was next up for us, which has been described as kind of a mini-Queenstown. It's a very accurate description as it goes!! Our photos from both look very similar! And, like Queenstown we wanted to get up high to see the place in all it's glory, so 'Roys Peak' was to be scaled! Another monster...1500ish metres! Not all!! Knackered, sweating and after emptying a grasshopper out of her trousers (!!) Kala finally made the top with me closely behind in similarly horrible shape!! Beltin view...!! And it was this backdrop that I had chosen to ask Kala to marry me (I nearly changed my mind after seeing the state of her on the way up ha ha!!) and she said YES!! The substitution of the ring for the camera was SEAMLESS ha ha and even though it took her a while to work out why the hell I wasn't taking photos of her after I had made her walk from round the corner (uphill!!) into shot, it was a nice moment! I know I know....'that was quick' and 'don't rush into it' have been banded about but it was right to do it during this year.....we're both very happy! Ahh! We celebrated by ICE CREAM each and proper ham for our sandwiches!! Rock n roll!! We won't be bloody doin that again though!! Cost me a fortune!!!
After Wanaka we headed up the west coast of the south island and the next stop was Fox Glacier. As it turns out, Mount Cook was again in sight (from the other side). The plan was to actually get onto Fox and do a days guided trek on it. (Interestingly......or rather 'not interestingly', there is no relation whatsoever of 'Fox Glacier' to 'Fox's Glacier Mints'). After a short walk to Lake Matheson the day before to fill an afternoon, we got kitted out with boots, crampons (spikes on the boots) and a nice warm coat each and got onto the bus. Over-enthusiastic American guide..."Can you understand my thick American accent from the back of the bus..? Right guys lets get some team building in and get this party started....just shout where you're from to give us an idea of who we've got in today and then we'll split into 2 groups...!!".........We went STRAIGHT to the other group!!!
The glacier is MASSIVE....and STUNNING aswell!! A couple of quick takes 80 years for the snow that falls at the top of the glacier to travel all the way as ice to the bottom. takes 10m of snow to make 1m of ice!! All sorts of factors are shaping the glacier such as seasonal temperatures and sunlight, snowfall, rainfall etc and the thing is ever changing. For something so big (8 miles long and easily a couple of hundred metres wide at the mouth) it changes its appearance quickly (as pics from 1983, 2005 and 2012 showed us). It is still advancing, moving at approximately a metre per week (well thats what they said was the case in 2006 anyway!)! Only a couple of weeks back did a big chunk (50m x 50m) fall off the front which would have been spectacular to see!! The trek was superb and we got quite high onto some of the wacky and weird ice formations. A great day with amazing views all around us!!
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Dave & Julia on

Congratulations you two!
We'll toast you this evening at 'The Castle G!
What a setting too for a proposal! Sounds wonderful - apart from the night in the Dome.
Best wishes
D & J

Sheila G on

Many congratulations to you both. You are a romantic after all Paul.

Pete & Ruth on

Congratulations to you both. Enjoy the rest of your adventure. xx

paulandkala on

Thanks guys! x

Chrissie on

Congrats again Hun....fab pics xxx

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