Something a tad remarkable...
Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
49Trip End Jul 09, 2011
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After a wonderful nights sleep in comfy beds we grudgingly crawled out of bed super early to hop on our 7am bus out of Te Anau, onwards to queenstown...
I have to admit we were super sleepy so unfortunately i cannot give you an account of the wonderful scenery we passed through...however when i did open my eyes - wow!! there we were pulling into the most amazing place, the lake was so blue, the mountains sprinkled with snow and nestled at the foot of them a bustling little city. The Remarkables are the mountain range that rises up steeply on the opposite side of the lake, they provide what we hear is an awesome ski range over the winter and the whole bustling town and nearby villages have a true alpine feel.
Arriving at about 10am on thursday we went straight to our hostel a little stream ran through the front as we pottered up the steps and opened the door and was greeted by a huge husky dog!!
It was so full of life! we had heard many rumours before we came here and it was most certainly bustling, busy, full of people from countries all over the world, mostly young people and huge posters and shops promising you you were about to jump off cliffs, fly down rapids etc, after all this is the self proclaimed adventure capital of the world!
We popped in and out of outdoor shops (of course - a massive addiction for us now!) bumped into the couple from the milford track!! small world! before stumbling on an amazing place..the remarkalbles sweet shop...free fudge tasting..as much as you liked!!!! the most flavours of fudge i have ever seen! from creme brulee to passionfruit, cookie crumble to kiwi fruit, i wanted to try everything and the guy cutting the samples really wanted us to try everything! i felt so bad, like i should buy something and he just persuading us to try more and more samples "you may as well its all free" he kept saying in his lovely french accent..
Heading back to the hostel we happened upon a very ornate indian restuarant with a lunch menu for a price to low to resist (beautiful curry on a balcony with a wonderful view) before heading back to the hostel and spending the afternoon meeting lovely friendly people, watching films with them and giving our poor aching muscles time to repair from the track...before we headed out to see for ourselves what the party extreme town of new zealand can offer! we headed to numerous bars, one Irish, the one we finished in even had dancing on the bar. We had loads of fun and giggles, the most nightlife we have seen so far in new zealand!
Friday we had booked to hire a car and this was massive geek day...we were on a self imposed lord of the ring tour! driving up out of the town we headed up into the mountains with the lake on our left and it was just so beautiful, i realise i have a very limited vocabulary im saying beautiful/wonderful all the time but it just was truely spectacular! we didnt get far very fast as we were constantly pulling over (they have created many laybys and many people were doing the same) just to soak up the views, you physically cant drive past them. We found the areas where frodo and sam peered over the cliff and first saw the oliphaunts and the filming of all of ithilian was done there too, before heading up into the little mountain townships of glenorchy and navigating the gravel roads towards paradise town where the huge flat area of land was used to create isengard - digitally mastered ontop of this - incredible
Saturday morning we got up thinking we were going to have a lovely day, walking around seeing the sights, soaking up the town...little did we know both of us would be diving of huge heights that afternoon! In the morning we found a little internet place with good skype technology so it was lovely to call home and see my family and properly catch up, we then wandered across to ferg burger. Now think how big the brand name ben and jerrys is in the uk...ferg burger is like that here, you ask people whats the best thing to do in queenstown..always in the top 3 things anyone says is have a ferg burger..there are queues outside at all hours. So we pottered along, looked at the MASSIVE list of options, i had no idea you could have so many kinds of burger. all different meats and so many dressings, sauces extras... well not being able to choose we went for the classic ferg burger, you queue, pay, give your name then wait (we were lucky to get a bar seat - its a bar too!) 10mins later "pippa" was called out and thee biggest packages came our way
Recovering from the big eat we slouched around town and ended up walking into one of the extreme sports booking office...not sure it was the most sensible thing after lunch but before long i had shakely entered my pin and that was that, i had bought a hangliding experience, steve - a bungy jump...what were we doing i asked steve!! haha! both slightly terrified of heights we knew we just had to do it! mine wasnt for a couple of hours so i went back to the hostel to distract myself with washing machines and books while steve headed up the gondala to the top of queenstown hill...i will let the photo do the talking but suffice to say i was soon meeting a very wide eyed buzzing steve who was on such a high and telling me every little detail and proudly showing his photos and video...totally mad! he chose to do the ledge bungy which looks out over a massive height and you are tied at your waist - not your ankles, means you can do more stunts and a run up as opposed to having to hop to the ledge and then jump off when you can see the height! he decided he needed to run and jump so he couldnt dither at the top and chicken out...crazy man!
Before long i was waiting at the pickup point, a girl named annie was also doing it and a van pulled up with really long things attached to the roof
Flying over the valley i was just getting used to it when he asked if i wanted to play...a quick squeak he took as a yes and he turned us up to the sky before plumeting down and banking around up and down, speeding round corners and at other points feeling like we were suspended in the air not moving...my tummy moved to my head my finger tips and toes, it was incredible, the sudden rush of air, a quick blinding of the sun as we tumbled and flew around the valley...unbelievable!!
We spent the evening watching eachothers dvds not quite believeing what we had just done we were buzzing!!!
Next morning early bus to next place =) queenstown is beautiful, bustling, crazy, partying and touristy, i had such a fab time but was ready to move on and breathe!
Lots of love to everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxxx