The Kiwi Experience has finally kicked in and I have been with the same people for about a week now and I'm loving it. Early starts suck but I shall update on the immense experiences New Zealand has to offfer.
Our first little stop was a Lake where you can see from the blog photo you can get a wicked shot of yourself jumping in the lake with beautiful mountains in the background and as much as I love the photo it was likea jumping into a bucket of ice. No exaggeration. As soon as anyone jumped in they swam for their lives. Westport was fairly tame except we were gunna go to the beach and make a fire and just drink our wine but after about an hour of walking we couldn't find it. But then we joined the others drinking back at the hostel and became a pretty messy night. A bottle of wine is very cheap but tastes much better than cheap English wine. I now see why New Zealand is renound for good wine.
We then headed further south to Lake Mahinapua, I don't think that's how you spell it but I can't even pronounce it. This was the location of the Poo Party. A hostel for JUST US. No one else, just the bus, so the bar always has a themed fancy dress. You know the drill, pimps and hoes, lads in drag, girls in bag, but ours was more adventurous with anything beginning with 'P'. Being the loser I am I went as Pi, the number. But there were some immense costumes and the winner got a free canyon swing, which he doesn't want to do.
Another messy night was followed by another early start of 8am! But the wine hasn't seemed to give me a hangover yet (touch wood) and I am basically just drained of energy. On the way to Franz Josef to see the famous glacier. We climbed 15k, an 8 hour hike but it was pretty manageable as we had to keep stopping so the guide could pick axe the ice. But the views were amazing and it's all about the experience after all and it certainly was one.
Following Franz Josef was Wanaka inwhich the ass of a driver told everyone that there was a dolphine feed at 4 at the lake and this whole thing about dolphine food where the peanut butter in it sticks to their mouths and makes them create the perfect photo op by coming out of the water. It was a lie of course so we were all waiting like idiots, one girl even asked for dolphine food at the local bakery!! Another night out and another bottle of wine. I've started to enjoy beer too as it's so cheap in bars here. The hostel bar had a karaoke night so of course I jumped onto the stage and it was amazing fun! My throat is killing today though but it was so much fun and this whole experience is just one of a kind.
I am now here in Queenstown, where I will be doing my nevis bungy and swing. Google it. The bungy is 134 metres high, that is the same as jumping off the top of the Sydney Harbour bridge. Nearly twice the height of jumping off the Bristol Clifton Suspension Bridge! I am petrified but cannot wait. I hope everyone is safe and well. Keep in touch.