Hitting Queenstown

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, April 15, 2012

We left Franz Josef early to head to Lake Matheson, probably New Zealand's most famous 'mirror lake'. You'll see it on lots of postcards. I did a walk round the entire lake for an hour, it was very reflective! Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great, so a bit too cloudy to get some good pictures, but a beautiful place nonetheless. We also did loads of other stops on the way, but my camera decided to run out of battery, so I don't have a lot of pictures. They included this waterfall, where if you watched it for a while, then quickly moved your eyes, it looked as if the rocks were moving! Freaky. Also 'saw' the 45th Parallel (the line that marks the theoretical halfway point between the equator and the South Pole), and watched some bungee jumping.

It was probably the best bus journey of my trip. It was just our small group, who had been together from the start (I call them 'The Originals'), and we were on a smaller bus, so it felt like a group of friends on a road trip together, which I suppose it was really! We had such a good day, lots of laughing an joking, good music (I was the DJ, of course it was good!) and lots of fun. But it was also a bit sad, as it was the last time we'd be on the bus together, as everyone was going their separate ways in Queenstown. But it was the best way to end our journey together.

After a long day's driving, we finally hit Queenstown, the adventure and party capital of New Zealand! It was a bitter sweet feeling arriving. I had been looking forward to seeing Queenstown, but also knew that these would be the last few days with my friends. Anyway, we had one last group photo in front of the bus, then unpacked and got ready for our first night out in Queenstown. And it didn't fail to deliver. We had a great night out in some cool bars. 

I spent my first day in Queenstown rather sedately, doing some much needed shopping, and just walking around the town. It wasn't anything like I expected it to be. It's a really pretty town, sitting next a royal blue lake, with mountains on every side. Absolutely stunning. That night I had my first Fergburger, something I had been eagerly waiting for. Fergburger is a world famous burger bar, and it didn't disappoint. No exaggeration, it was the best burger I've ever had. The burgers are huge, packed with flavour, and so delicious! I had 3 more over the next few days, they were so good! 

 The next day I walked up Queenstown Hill, which was actually quite difficult! It was a steep walk to the top, but the views were worth it. And the walk back through the pine forest was really nice, with these red toadstools everywhere! Then it was partying, partying, and more partying! You party every night in Queenstown! 

And lots of tearful goodbyes, as our group went their separate ways. I never expected to stay with the same group of people for so long, but I'm so glad I did as every one of them is amazing, and I'm feel so privileged that I got to spend such a long time with them all. They made my trip down the Queenstown. Without them, it wouldn't have been as amazing as it was! 
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