Yesterday was an early start because the bus picked us up at 7.30am and we headed to Fox, another town nestled next to a glacier. From there we stopped at lake Matheson, also known as the 'Mirror Lake' due to the fact that the lake reflects the Southern Alps. It was lovely to walk round a bit of it and take some photo's from the viewpoint. The next stop was Knights Point, we also stopped at a waterfall which if you stared at it for 30secs and then looked to the left the rocks moved - wierd! The bus drove over the longest single lane bridge in the Southern Hemisphere which is over the Haast River, we also saw the Gates of Haast, a bridge which goes over the Haast Pass, a mountain Pass which runs along the Haast Road to Wanaka. The scenery changed from lush, dense forests to vast plateaus as we entered the Central Otago Region. We past the lovely Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and past through the town of Wanaka, which we wished we'd had time to stay at and also visit the funky cinema there which has couchs, lazy boys or cars to sit in!)
Before hitting Queenstown we stopped at the home of bungy jumps, Kawarau Bridge, which was the world's very first commercial bungy site, to watch some bungy's and Lee and I booked onto the Nevis Highwire Bungy - 134m for today at 8am - scary stuff!
Queenstown, nestled on the Northern shore of Lake Wakatipa, overlooked by the majestic "Remarkables" mountain range, the town was named because "..... it was fit for Queen Victoria". We're staying at Southern Laughter, in a 6 bed dorm with everyone and Tim has joined us again which is great. Last night we treated ourselves to a gourmet burger at Ferg Burger, which was delicious and massive, and a beer to calm my nerves at Buffalo Bar.
Today Lee and I did our first ever bungy on the Nevis Highwire Bungy which is one of the highest bungy's in the world at 134m high and very very scary! We got taken to a pod in a small, wobbly cable car. The glass bottom pod is suspended in between a remote gorge, over the Nevis River and it was from there that I jumped off a small dive board, freefalled for 8.5 seconds, saw the ground coming towards me, felt the pull (to my relief), tugged at a cord which swings you into the sitting position and had the most amazing adrenaline rush ever! A great experience but one that I'm not going to do in a rush! While we were doing that, Jem and Tim did the lurge, small sledge like thing that goes down a massive hill really fast.
This afternoon Jem and I went on the Shotover Jet which is a half hour, super fast trip through the shallow, rocky Shotover Canyons and does 360 degree spins - great fun!
What a day hey, I'm still buzzing and am in need of a vodka so I'm off for a night out with everyone on the Magic Bus in the Fantastic town of Queenstown - get over here if you can because it is 'Awesome'!!!!!
Tomorrow we're off on a day trip to Doubtful Sounds so I'll be in touch soon, bye for now xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx