I'll just finish off with the rest of our time in Queenstown. We had a great weekend with perfect weather and lots of wandering round the town. Monday we went on a day trip to an amazing place called Milford Sound.......it was BEAUTIFUL! We spent about 4 hours on a bus getting there but the driver stopped off for us to take some pictures at a few places, one aptly named 'Mirror Lakes'. The snow capped peaks reflect in the glass like lake.......i'll save the descriptions for the photos.
After this, we arrived at Miford Sound, and were lead onto the boat where we were first fed a huge hot buffet (backpackers don't generally ever hear the word buffet and we were all like scavangers, quite amusing really). After that we sailed through the peaceful Sound getting up close and personal with huge waterfalls etc. Then we stoppped at a floating underwater observatory, pretty special.
The four hour bus journey back was a bit more laid back and most of us kipped for a while then the driver put on a film "The Hangover". Back at the hostel it appeared our mates had arranged to go on a pub crawl........!!!!!! It was a pre-arranged one where you get free food/drinks etc. It wasan interesting night and most of us were left with a few lost memories and thumping heads.
Either way, me and Adds dragged ourselves out of bed to climb a mountain through thick (sometimes almost vertical) forest..........then we found the road we could have walked up oops ha ha! Anyway, the top was stunning with brilliant views of Queenstown and the Lake. We stayed up there for a few hours and had a picnic then rode the gondola back down to the bottom.
Yesterday we were up early for our transfer to Christchurch, the bus arrived in a random place called Twizel (Kiwi's have strange names for places.....) and then it broke down. We sat for two hours in the glowing sunshine, on a huge green with leftover pizza from the night before. The boys played rugby and the girls sunbathed.............it's a hard life! Didn't matter one little bit that we were dealyed. After we jumped on the new bus the driver took us to a place called Lake Tekapu (pronounced take-a-poo). The water was the most fantastic colour, bright turquoise, it was fabby. Even though the reason for this is not quite as romantic, it is dust particles caused by the glacier grinding down rocks. Who cares though right?
We found a hostel for 15 NZD, (we have mainly been paying around 25/30 so this was a nice change. Soon we leave for the airport where we have a 1 hour 20 min flight to Auckland where we are staying with our good friend who we met in Bolivia Sam, (aka Tink). Very much looking forward to being in a house for the first time in months. It's going to be great to see him and Ismo for the weekend.
Sunday = Fiji....................we are SOOOOO excited..............!
Lots of love, us x
PS: A Massive HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY to our beautiful Ava for next week, thinking of you sweetheart.
Dad Sounds good. NZ was obviously well worth the visit even though it was rather more expensive for you than South America. Once again some wonderful sights brought alive by your sparkling blogs. They take us there with you. Grandma really loves reading them. The blogs themselves have changed during your travels. Maybe there's a new career in the making. I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting up with your friend again. Sholud be fun. It will probably turn out to be a weekend of memories too. Have a lovely time. And then on to Fiji. How the time flies. The places are quickly getting ticked off on your itinerary. Before Heathrow, when we were going through your travel plans your journey seemed to stretch forever - so many places, so many months. The photos show us just how happy the two of you are - that's brilliant. And all your e-words help to shrink the miles so that you're both not (quite) so far away. Have a good weekend/safe journey on/relax in Fiji. Lots of love xXx