So we arrived in Auckland two weeks ago, to be greeted at the airport by Rebecca and Maurice (Jade's family friends) We stayed in Auckland for a few days and were taken on a guided tour by Rebecca and her friend to One Tree Hill (without a tree), Mount Eden and the Michael Savage Memorial. We also took a trip to the Auckland Museum where we got to experience a volcanic eruption! We spent a day in the Bay of Islands where we went on the 'Excitor', a fast speed boat that took us to the Hole in The Rock and around the islands.
After our time in the warmth of the North Island, we flew to Christchurch in the South, where it was a bit colder but there wasnt the snow we expected! In Christchurch we got to watch the England v All Blacks rugby game, which was fun but England lost badly! Though it was great to see the All Blacks do the Haka! We were staying in New Brighton, which was a short bus ride from the city so there was not a lot to do, but we took a trip to the city and enjoyed the free stuff, like the Cathedral and the Botanic Gardens.
Our next stop was Queenstown; adventure capital of New Zealand where you can ski, ski dive, bungy and canyon swing! But ofcourse these things are very expensive so we spent our time playing crazy golf, trying to climb the Queenstown Hill, with Aimee ending up on her arse, and taking numerous trips to the 'free fudge tasting' shop! Jade and Aimee also enjoyed a girly night at the cinema to see Sex and the City whilst Charlie went out with the lads.
After 4 days in the beautiful Queenstown we took a long bus journey to Franz Josef, enjoying the mountain views and Lord of The Rings sets. Here we spent a whole day hiking the Franz Josef Glacier, in our sexy waterproofs and big boots with crampons (spikes so we didnt stack it!) We walked over 8 miles, sliding through thin ice crevaces, crawling through small tunnels of ice and a large ice cave! It was a great but exhausting day! Luckily we were able to head back to our small hostel where we enjoyed some warm homemade veggie soup, free popcorn and some good films!
We are now in Nelson for just a couple of days before heading up to the North Island!
Speak to you soon
Love Jade, Aimee and Charlie