Hey everyone hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunny weather as it is pretty chilly here but still clear kies so thats the main thing. So I left off that I was about to go glacier walking on Franz JOsef glacier and it was sooo much fun I absolutely loved it. It was so awesome just to see the glacier up close and to walk on it was amazing. I was just fascinated by all the layers in the ice and the air bubbles caught as it froze. I also loved the colour of the ice in places it was soo blue due to refraction of the light, it was just stunning. WE got to have a good walk around and squeeze through some tiny cracks they also found a worm hole which was this hole in the ice that went down and along and came out lower down. No one had ever been trhough it before and it was soo much fun although it was a tight squeeze i was having to go through on my side army style and got soaked but was fun. Also got to play around with an ice pick so I was happy chipping away and eating the ice whcih was very refreshing. The next day we went and saw fox glacier which was cool but didnt have the same impact as we didnt get to go on it but was cool to go and check out.
After that we decided to hit the road as we had a long drive ahead of us to Queenstown so we drove the sceneic route of Haast pass. On the first day it was pretty cloudy which was annoying as it menat we missed some of the scenery so we pulled in at one of the campsites and hung out there with these incredable mountains surrounding us. The next day the weather was better and we did the rest of the drive o Queenstown which i loved. We had to amke a stop off in Wanaka as the campervan had a light on and they gave us no manual so we had no iea what it menat. But it was cool as i stopped off at puzzle world and didnt go in but had a picture with the leaning tower just for a random break from driving. I absolutely loved this route possible my favourite in New Zealand the lakes and mountains were stunning in particular lake Hawea was just spectacular I could have stayed and starred for hours and it was just the perfect day aswell. It was like Canada again we would turn anothere corner and more mountains would appear all snow capped and beautiful we just kept pulling in like every few minutes to admire what was around us.
We made it to Queenstown and I jsut had to drive Norman around the block like 10 times while the others got information on where to go as it is the winterfest there it was super busy and packed out. There was room for us at the holiday park though so all was good. I was sooo excited to be in Queenstown as there were loads of people there and the place was really nice. The next day was skydiving day I couldnt believe what I was about to do and it all happened so fast. WE got to the jump place and I was sitting having a coffee thinking others will go and this will take a while. NO all of a sudden my name was called out we were first to jump and I wa put in a suit and harnessed up. Then we had like a 3 minute safety briefing telling us what to do which really didnt feel like enough information and then we were loaded on the plane. I didnt want to go first but of course I got on last so I was jumping first. The climb up went to quick next thing I knew the guy was like time to go I was like I am not ready but by that time I was falling from 12000 ft. When I was out though it was amazing the rush of falling was actually quite peaceful in an odd way. The when the parachute opened I couid just float down enjoying the view and doing some spirals on the way down. It was over way to quick and I just wanted to go straight back up but I loved eery second of it. Afterwards we went for a ferg burger which are theses massive burgers the size of your head so good. Then had a peaceful afternoon I went and saw the new twilight movie and just relaxed. It had been a tiring day so I went to bed super early as we had another early start and busy day.
After a good nights sleep it was time to go snowboarding and I cant convey how much I loved it. I thought I was going to get annoyed from falling over and I did fall over but it was just so much fun and by the end of the day I could get down the beginner slope and chaneg direction so I was happy. It was just so much fun, we got all the gear and looked the part and then got the bus yup to the slope and it was beautiful up there and a really sunny day I got so hot in all my layers. Our teachers were really nice nad took it slow so we all got to grips with it and we got free time to practise which i needed as I could not stop falling over at the top but I did learn how to stand up with my feet attched to the board which I felt achievement over. Awesome day now I all I want to do is go again. That night me and Steph went out for waffles and then a cocktail place where you have it out a teapot as we thought it was a cool idea and then hot bed as I was pretty sore from snowboarding.
Next day was a bit of a lazy day just mulled around in town adn then set offfor Milford Sounds which again was another beautiful drive the scenery is just stunning over here. Got to Milford Sound and stayed at the only place there was to stay as there is nothing there and played boggle at night. The next day we went on a cruise around the sound and this is meant to be the top place to see in NZ and it was pretty breath taking. So we cruised around and saw albatrose, dolphins and sealions which were cute all bobbing in the water. I just couldnt stiop taking pictures of the scenery around me it was all so beautiful. I must have used that word far to much i this blog but I have no idea how to convey it in words. After the cruise there is not much else you can do there so we did the long drive to Dunedin which meant we were ahead of schedule and doing well as we thought we would be rushed. Since I have been in Dunedin its just been a chilled couple of days hanging out and not doing a great deal. Last night I got to meet up with one of the guys I volunteered with as he is starting studies here it was so good to see him and so odd as the last time we saw each other was in Bolivia so random. Today w are off to see the yellow headed penguins which i am excited about.
I think I have waffled on a bit too much in thhis blog sorry but I had free interenet for once so I am making use of it. Miss you all x x x