Next Stop New Zealand

Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, August 2, 2009

Welcome to New Zealand everyone!

After another epic journey we have arrived in the exquisitely beautiful Queenstown. To get here we traveled for 13 hours from Santiago to Auckland which was such a tough flight as we should have slept the whole time to minimize our jetlag but it proved impossible as we had been spoilt by the extra reclining chairs from our coach ride and the massive selection of films didn't help either.  We arrived at Auckland at 4am and had to wait until 10am to get our two hour flight to Queenstown.  By the time we were hungry at the airport it was 6am NZ time but to us it was time for dinner so I got a few strange looks from people in the airport for eating a big tray of sushi for 'breakfast’.  In fact we lost a whole day on our trip over here by leaving on the 1st August and not arriving until the 3rd so we never got to see the 2nd August at all and will always now be one day older than we really are.   But that’s a small price to pay for experiencing time travel!

Our flight into Queenstown was spectacular, we flew over the Lord of the Rings scenery which left us itching to go and see it all from the ground and the descent into Queenstown took us right up alongside the mountains, a lot closer than I really thought was necessary.  At one point we were flying parallel to a ski resort, not something you see out of a plane window everyday.  Only once we landed did we find out that we were very lucky to have been able to arrive at all as it’s very common for flights not to be able to land in Queenstown due to the changing weather conditions and the planes not having the sonic sensors on their wings to be able to detect the mountains if its cloudy!  Lucky for us there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and when we set foot outside the airport the incomparable smell of mountain air hit us and despite many many hours of jet lag we were in frenzied excitement to have arrived and once again be surrounded by snowy mountains. 

For the first couple of nights here we are staying with a girl who Steve worked with in Whistler who has gone out of her way to make us comfortable and get us settled in.  Her house is on the side of a hill with jaw dropping views of the lake and snow capped mountains.  I’m sitting at the dining room table at the moment looking out through the giant patio doors and barbeque balcony to see the light hitting the mountains for the first time today – a pretty good way to start the morning!  The rest of the day is going to entail trudging around handing out CV’s and hunting down some accommodation but not before we both have a long awaited haircut.  We keep hearing the job hunt here is hard at the moment as it’s half way through the season and not very busy which makes it harder again for us to commit to any long term accommodation also. 

The one free wi-fi place we have found in town is a little chocolate shop that sells lots of little handmade chocolate bars and very extravagant ice creams, I can see it being a problem that we’ll have to be in there in order to get on the internet as it’s going to burn a bit of a hole in the budget and not do anything for my diet plans!  While I have been writing the heavens have opened and the rain is now cascading down the window spoiling my view.  Good news for the ski slopes as they’ll get some great snow but bad news for us who are walking around town all day…and getting hair blow dried!

Wish us luck,

Amy and (Soon-to-be) Sopping-wet Steve
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