Blog Day 232-233 Friday 23rd- Saturday 24th Dec 2011
Day 1- So today we enjoy a well deserved lie in, we are finding that the time is just flying by & we are cramming so much in. It's also really nice that we have a nice big room with our own bathroom & a king-size bed, this bed is so huge in fact that we cant even find each other at night. Another good thing is that the curtain is really thick therefore blocking out all the light meaning that its gone 10am before we even awake. After a quick shower we head down to meet Aimee, she is our helping hand in New Zealand & was the one who sorted out the Stray bus for us. She is such a lovely person & upon meeting her instead of the usual handshake her greeting is a huge hug. She recommends a place that does great breakfast burritos & tells us to be back by 1pm for a Kayaking trip around the lake that she has put us on. Queenstown is labeled as the adventure capital of New Zealand (if not the world), Aimee asks us what our plans are while we are here and we tell her straight away that we have no interest in jumping off of anything. She has a giggle and we mention that we saw a few Jet Boating trips around that we liked the look of, also we wanted to get out to Milford Sound at some point. She says to leave it with her and go get some breakfast. She also says to keep our eyes peeled for Orlando Bloom as he is in town filming the new Hobbit movie. We take a seat at Aimee's restaurant pick and before we can even order our food we receive a txt saying that we are booked onto the Jet boating at 4pm today & the Milford Sound trip on Christmas Day. All for freeeeeee! SWEET AS!!
1pm rolls around & soon we are kayaking for the second time on this whole trip. The lake is really calm so it's a really nice trip out & around the bay. The mountains surrounding Queenstown are just spectacular. After this we chill out for a bit & soon we are doing 360-degree spins out on the same lake that we just kayaked. This trip is about a 45min high-speed zip around to the other side of the bay, skimming past tree's & land occasionally stopping to take in some more pretty spectacular views. We zip up the shotover river which is a ridiculous turquoise blue at a crazy speed. The thing that makes it even more scary is the fact that this 5 ton boat with 2 monster engines strapped to it back can reach top speeds in around 2 inches of water! It was a brilliant trip and once back on dry land we are handed our photo pack which would have cost $40 (but it didn't). Once back on solid ground we heat up the mahoosive pizza that was left over from last night & then head to the cinema to watch Mission Impossible 4 (top movie).
By the time today is finished we are completely cream krackered, as our good friend 'James' from Thailand would have said.
Day 2: Christmas Eve. Another lie in for us today followed by breakfast at one of the restaurants that Orlando Bloom has been spotted having breakfast in (we haven't seen him yet). A mediocre eggs benedict, with bacon for Dan & Salmon for Trish. This would have been fantastic but the poached eggs were rather hard instead of runny. Dan also surprises Trish with a mince pie, we are both going to miss the usual at home Christmas festivities & food this year, and for Trish mince pies is one of them.
We do a little bit of Christmas treats shopping, i.e. chocolate, pringles, Corona's, a small bottle of Champagne & of course a couple of Santa hats. Our Christmas Eve plans are to go to the must have place 'Fergburger'. Massive & fantastic tasting freshly made burgers, there's even a framed letter on the wall from a guy who tackled the biggest burger on the menu & ended up dislocating his jaw in the process. Next up is a trip to the Ice Bar, now Trish has been to the one in London; the work girls took her there on her leaving do. This is a new one & supposedly the worlds largest, even so Dan hasn't been before & the whole icy cold, wrap up warm feeling is bound to make us feel like it Christmas day a little more tomorrow. The only thing Dan despises is the ugg boots that they give us to keep out feet warm (but Trish thinks that he actually really liked them!). There's no time limit on how long you can spend down there but bear in mind that its minus 5 degrees so after about an hour or so when we can no longer feel our fingers or toes despite having had two rather nice cocktails (not that they contained much alcohol at all) it was time to leave. We even had the whole bar to ourselves for the majority of the time & we were able to put our Santa hats to good use. It's slightly unreal to think that it's actually Christmas Day tomorrow. We put out Trish's mince pie & a glass of milk just incase Santa decides to pay us a visit. Now you may all be saying 'ahhh' & feeling sorry for us as you should but remember we are in beautiful New Zealand & haven't gone through the stress of making sure you have everything in & done & ready for the festivities. The main thing we will miss is the company of family around us (and a bloody good Christmas dinner). Good job we have a busy day planned. So Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night!