Queenstown

Trip Start Jan 28, 2006
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Trip End Feb 20, 2007


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Thursday, March 2, 2006

I made it Queenstown. This is the most expensive, but activity packed place in New Zealand. I searched around for a while looking for a backpackers hostel to stay at. They were all fully booked, and most had no camping available. For those who are not sure what a backpackers is yet let me brief you. A backpackers is a place that has no real extras. Each room sleeps 4 to 8 people, and there are no toilets, sinks, t.v's, heating or any extras . You sometimes have to bring your own sleeping bag or blankets, or you have to rent one while there. There is usually one bathroom with a few crappy showers, laundry facilities, and if your lucks a common area where you can watch non-cable t.v. There's usually one massive kitchen with a couple refrigerators. Everything is usually kept fairly clean by staff. The travellers/backpacker's wash their own dishes and clean up after themselves. Young people between the ages 18 and 30 make up the majority. All and all, it makes for a hellava great time! Everyone gets to know everyone after a day or two, and drinking becomes as common as breathing. It costs $19 to $25 a night, or you can do a few hours work around the backpackers to pay for your bed.

I knew if I tried to do all of the activities in Queenstown I would make far too big a dent in my wallet to be able to do anything else in New Zealand. I narrowed it down to one major thing that I desperately wanted to do. I did the Nevis Bungy. The Nevis Bungy is the 2nd highest bungy in the world. It's a 134 meter drop with only a rubber band stopping you from making a mess on them rocky ground. I figured I should wear depends before making the jump, but couldn't really find any my size. It was the rush of a lifetime! I really wanted to scream like a little girl the entire time, but the only thing that came out during the 10 second plunge was gasp. I really did have an awesome time thou. I feel like I can do anything now (without depends).

The next few days in Queenstown were made up of quiet days and drunken nights. After staying in one place like for 5 days you really get to know everyone well, which makes the experience that much better. We ended up being a group of about 15 or 20 people. Next up Milford Sound otherwise know as the end of the earth.
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