After an early start I met up back with my group of friends at the hostel and got the ferry to the South Island. Beautiful day but it was freezing!!!!
We stayed at this cool backpackers I'd been recommended again and it had a pool (way too cold to go in though) but a nice sauna and hot tub so that was good. It also had these cool TV hangout rooms which you climb up some stairs too, really comfy, we all ended up falling asleep there. We went out for some drinks and to play pool that evening, the bar had a deal for £6 and was 4 glasses of wine (or beers) and a shot. The bar was half empty though and it was the only open one on the street that Monday night but we can entertain ouselves so still had a good time.
The next day was amazing, the 7 of us hired a people carrier van and had a 'family day' out at the Abel Tasman National Park. It only cost us about £8 each and that included the rental, petrol and a massive food shop for our dinner. It was a great day, the park was beautiful. It was quite cloudy that day but we could hardly complain as we have been soo lucky with the weather so far. We walked for about 4 hours. It was nice to have our own freedom and have a mini road trip. The park was so green and we did the coastal walk, it was stunning. Walked through lush forests and alongside the water. Then we stopped and had some lunch half way down on one of the beaches. Would be amazing in summer as I guess you can jump in for a swim as you walk along.
On the way back we stopped to get a massive feast as Andy is a chef and cooked us a massive roast. It was amazing, its funny because I am the same at home, complain and say I dont really like roasts but once I actually eat them I actually love it. We also had dessert too and the hostel had a great kitchen and massive table so we could all sit down together. It was great the 5 of us girls we having dinner cooked by the 2 guys in our group. Then we all went in the sauna and hot tub. But then the boys chucked me in the FREEZING cold pool. I was not happy. Pretty funny though. Amazing day.