Absolute crap night sleep, it was boiling in our room because they had the little radiator on whilst we were out last night and the window couldn’t stay open because the bugs were getting in and biting us and everyone was snoring and farting. So a hot room and fart does not mix plus we had a drink last night so my mouth was like ghandi’s flip flop anyways. Up at 3.30am to get water and do you think I could get back off to sleep.... nope! Around 6am I got to sleep and the alarms went off at 6.55am for the 7.30am bus to Wanaka. Marvellous! We all look like we’ve been punched in the face our eyes are super swollen haha.
It has pissed it down with rain all night and is still continuing to do so, hoping for no landslides on any of the roads (apparently it happens a lot if they haven’t had rain for a while and then have a massive downpour).
A very windy road took us to lake Matheson, we were not walking anywhere around that lake in this weather only straight to the cafe for a latte. I swear this weather is bringing out the crazy in us, or it’s the bus... we are seriously going senile, Ellie’s almost on her way to being 67 not 27 haha, got her with grey hair, bald patches and hearing loss, sleeps a lot because the bus makes her tired. Now she wouldn’t mind a pair of reading glasses and has a nanna’s handbag (nanna’s handbag contents: tissues, sweets that have been there a while and are now all stuck together, mints, chocolate, a purse full of receipts and change and a lip balm) haha she’s getting there!
It must be the bus air I’ve had her crying tears of laughter around three times within an hour, we like to sing to one another and dance whilst we both have headphones in and different songs playing, everybody thinks we are nuts I’m sure of it. (Or weird).
We drove through the Haast Pass in between the southern alps we got to see mount victor. A few photo stops there and at the thunder creek waterfall which is only one sixth of the height of the canyon swing we are doing in Queenstown haha!
The mountains are so sooooo high here, I can see what he means with the weather and landslides!
We all fell asleep getting into Wanaka, but arriving we woke up just about before jumping off the boat.
It’s so pretty here a tiny little boutique town with a huge lake. It’s a retirement area but with lots of outdoor extreme activities. We walked over to the famous Wanaka tree (I’m not sure why it’s famous it’s only a tree growing out of the lake).
We walked passed a woman who we think accidentally stood on a baby duckling because she was crying, there was a dead duckling by her and the mother duck was going a little crazy quacking (crying we assume). It was a little sad and she buried it too.
We got our salad, ham and cooked a potato in the microwave and our wine that we bought in Abel Tasman because it was so lovely sitting by the lake in the sun with no wind and we didn’t want to carry the wine around anymore, ah it was super peaceful and warm! Until randomly the wind picked up and a big black cloud came from nowhere so we headed in to shower and watch some tele because I’ve been up since about 3am so I’m absolutely shattered and we want to try and get up for a run before we leave tomorrow for the mount iron hike and Queenstown. Base backpacker hostels are nice enough, their bedrooms and bathrooms are clean but my god their kitchens are absolutely disgusting!! We were spoilt in the rainforest retreat. Base always has crap everywhere in their kitchen and it’s super dirty. BOFF!!