sorry for the lack of updates and photos, it's not my fault, can't find a place here to upload photos will try at the new hostel tonight. So we made it to the adventure capital of the world, and it's got to be done, the sport that bored bungee jumpers and canyon swingers do when they're fed up with quick thrills. We're talking endurance, we're talking cliffs and waterfalls, wetsuits, helmets and lifejackets, abseiling and bizarre rope harness type attachments. Yep I'm talking about Canyoning, and I'm going tomorrow. Wowser, I'm very excited!!!!!
Still that's not the only thing that's happened, we've also travelled through the most spectacular breathtaking scenery in the world. Spent the night on a cruise ship down the Doubtful sound, it is actually a Fiord(fjord), seen 2 types penguins yellow eyed(big) and blue(small), fur seals, sealions, dolphins. I've dived in to the doubtful sound (very cold, but exhilarating) and swam from our cruise ship and we kayaked at Precipice Cove. Stars and the milky way, wow, so clear, no light pollution, Dolphin Daves slide show. A good message was sent to all mankind.
We drove down from Christchurch via Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook, from there we went to Oamura, Dunedin where we saw Albatross, more seals playing on the Otago Peninsula. We're having a fantastic time and we've been really lucky so far with the weather. The sun has been out and it's been really warm. Chilly at nights. After Dunedin we travelled through the Catlins National reserve down to Invercargill. The Catlins is just wonderful, with huge beaches, no people, big waves. Sorry for the summarisation but it's been a busy few weeks. It's very hard not to be blaise about the spectacular scenery because everywhere you look is just wow. Look another stunningly beautiful lake. We've also seen the Clifden suspension bridge. Photos of all this will be here shortly, be patient, they are worth it.
From Invergarcill we went with our new friend Ed who hitched a ride with us up to Manapouri lake. Good fun was had, bubble gum and sausages from the sausage capital. Hmmm they weren't all that. Marathon Ludo. Okay. Special mentions go out to all those who've given us advice on the way. Chris and Claire the cruise was fantastic and the food some of the best we've had, especially those muffins. Ed it was good fun, especially you with a very blue mouth. Ryan and Eva and Gena for making the cruise so wonderful. Gena the trick with the sky gondola worked a treat in Queenstown. We walked up, boy that was hard work, but we did blag a free ride down, excellent and the friends we've made up till now, don't feel left out, here's a big hello from us. There is probably lots I've forgotten to tell you.
Queenstown is a super place and we've just chilled for a couple of days. I'm not allowed to get drunk tonight (yeah right) as I have to have a clear head for Canyoning tomorrow. After the weekend we'll head up to Lake Wanaka and then follow the west coast right up to the north of the South island, hopefully Maria and Sarah you'll still be there and we can meet up, also John H(fiji) if you read this, hope to see you too. Till the next time, keep following, there is so much more to this adventure we're on, lots of love to all the friends we've made and all the friends who've been with us from the start.
Pete and Claire xxxxxxxxx
PS. I did forget to mention Ed and Clare(sorry if it's spelt wrong) who we spent a fantastic night with watching the penguins in Oamura and then drank some beer. Also forgot to mention that we visited the Moreaki Boulders, the world's most southerly lighthouse at Nugget Point, boy the wind and the vista literally took our breath away it was so strong, and the path out there which would be fine on a non windy day was hair-raising especially where the barrier had come down.