Han & Dan
From Christchurch we headed across the Canterbury region to the Mount Cook national park. We had to drive through an area which had received the worst snow in over 15 years and it was deep, just like when we were kids. Due to the snow the drive was absolutely amazing with a blanket of white covering everything. Don't think the locals thought the same as some had been without power for 14 days! We drove past the Southern Alps and around some amazing clear lakes, the scenery was breath taking! Eventually we got to Glentanner our destination for the next few days. We were now only 50km from the west coast of New Zealand but some hefty mountains were blocking the way. The holiday park where we were staying was too under a few feet of snow and getting to park the camper van was a little trickier than we imagined. Eventually we got settled, but it was bloody freezing so that night we slept fully clothed plus hat, in a sleeping bag covered in a duvet and when we got up at 2.30am to watch the footie there was ice on the INSIDE of the windows!!! The next day we walked for 6 hours in the National Park to Mount Cook which is 3754m high. The walk was ace, however it was through all the snow and when we got back we were wet and cold but the views were brilliant and well worth every minute. We even got to experience a small avalanche which was cool, but then a little scary! After all the snow we headed South East and back to the east coast to Dunedin. After all the amazing scenery we kinda missed the snow but not the cold. From Dunedin we drove to the Otago peninsula with the intention of seeing an albatross and penguin colony. Unfortunately for us we were there at the wrong time of year so got to see neither. In Dunedin we did go to Cadbury World as I missed my Umperlumpa friends. It was like going back to work, but we did get loads of free choccie and I got to refresh my knowledge for my return to Willy Wonka stardom!!