Kia ora, all.
North Island over... Let the South Island madness begin.
Being back on the bus was oddly reassuring. Despite the fact it has the feel of a school trip it's also just a super easy way to meet people and see as much as NZ as you can without even needing a guidebook. It's definitely a lazy way of traveling - far from the traditional idea of a wondering explorer - but it's just so much fun that I wouldn't want to change it either.
In no time we were on the Interisland ferry minus a host of friendly faces but still traveling with a decent group of mates.
The ferry was predictably boring and sleep-filled and a short drive in the South Island saw us to our hostel in Nelson: Fern Lodge. It was definitely one of the swishest places we stayed at but Nelson as a town was very quiet.
We'd been recommended to go on a walk which leads you to the centre point of New Zealand which provided a good excuse to socialize with newbies on our bus. Walking up the hill to the centre was made pretty spectacular since we got to the summit just as the sun was setting.
Back at the lodge we cooked dinner for the first time in a while... I'm told the lads did a great job of cutting down on unnecessary spending in South-East Asia but by the time they met up with me that had gone out of the window massively! A Chicken, chickpea, onion, tomato and courgette pasta sauce made up our feast and we were pretty smug when people were staring at our prize dish! It was GOOD! We then had a couple of beers at the bar and some chats in the room with Keri, Libby & Emily- some new friends that we had finally made!
Westport was up next...
Sweet as bro.
Dan / Burge