Well hello folks,
I'm afraid i'm getting a tad lax at the whole blog malarky. Well....North Island was all groovy.
Arrived on the South Island on the 10th of May....
First stop Blenheim for a spot of wine tasting on Bikes - highly amusing day. Especially putting up the tent that night - it was somewhat wonky to say the least!
From there we went to the Nelson Lakes National Park and went on two rather lenghty walks before heading to Nelson to stay with some family friends. Stayed there for 3 nights (ate the most amazing food, slept in v.v.v comfy beds and generally had a v jolly time). We didn't while away everyday in Nelson - we went to the Abel Tasman NP, Climbed a fair way up mount Arthur and had our first flat tyre experience - the latter of which was delt with in a efficient manner with no mishap in the slightest, in short we flagged down so men to change it for us!
Then headed to the west coast. Went to a place called the Oparara Basin were we explored the odd cave and walked under an arch or two. Then headed down the coast - made several stops including....the Panckae rocks in a hail storm (the kag in a bag barely survived to tell the tale!), attempted to climb the fox glacier but alas and alack it was closed due to severe rockfall, Lake Matheson - famous for it's reflections, Haast and Jackson's Bay, Wanaka (an epic walk up Rocky Mountain in heavy rain),Milford Sound (which was an epic drive which required chains and lots of food, got on an early morning cruise so there were only two other people on the boat. Slighty embarrassing when we hopped aboard the vessel and were asked how our heads felt this morning! Oops! Apparently the news spreads fast arounf Milford, potentially because we were practically the only people in the only bar in the whole of milford! Good cruise with the slight exception that steve (polly) and i decided to try and catch 92% mineral water from the Bridal Veil Falls (about 200m high) buyleaning over th eedge with a paper cup. Needless to say we were somewhat wet and cold but the time we returned to shore.
Stopped off in Queenstown to eat a Fergbuger (it makes a GBK look like a starter) before heading to Mount Cook. Now in Christchurch and flying to Singapore on Monday.
Hope all is well with everybody.