Franz Josef was really nice but very small. We had planned on doing a helicopter tour to the glacier but the weather was pretty bad and we were running out of time so we just walked to it instead. It wasn't a great view of it to be honest as they don't let you get very close because it can be dangerous, rocks falling off an all sorts. We kind of wished we'd just gone for the flight. Its shrunk by 80m in height and 300m in length in the last 2 years which is crazy!! So it's not going to be about forever.
Reflective lake near the glacier
We then got the bus to Queenstown. It was an 8 hour journey but our driver was very friendly and stopped off at all the tourist spots and places with nice views he was more of a tour guide to be honest giving us the whole history of NZ. Quite interesting but a bit annoying when you just want to fall asleep.
nice views on our journey
stop off at lake Wanaka
Queenstown is stunning! As soon as we arrived Will and I both said it's like a little European ski town as its surrounded by mountains with loads of young skiers and boarders. More beautiful though with a huge lake and snowy mountains in the background. We're definitley going to have to go snowboarding while we're here. The great thing as well is that Winterfest is starting today which is a big, week long festival with loads of free things going on during the week and fireworks and all sorts! Came here at such good timing! It was pretty lucky really.
The other night, as we hadn't been on a proper night out in a while, decided to go on a pub crawl. It was ace, we met loads of people and went to a bar that's minus 5 degrees and made out completley of ice! So cool! After a few free shots and a few more drinks I got fairly confident in a limbo competition. Anyone who knows me knows I'm one of the least flexible people ever, struggling to get past my knees when I try and touch my toes. This however was different! With some sort of new found flexibility I sailed into the final and had people asking if I was a gymnast... wow! As I was going under the cue I felt and heard this big pop in my hip and fell to the ground and lost the final. I was quite happy with the beverages I had had as I imagine it would've been excruciatingly painful otherwise. We enjoyed the rest of the night dancing and drinking. The morning was a different matter. Struggling to roll over in bed I remembered what happened. I was in soo much pain all day really struggling to move without it being so painful. Stairs were the worst! We had to have a chilled out day watching The Two Towers and The Return of the King. I thought I was going to have to go to the doctors but decided to leave it one more night to see how it is today and so far it feels much better so I will be able to go snowboarding in a couple days! Phewf! Safe to say I won't be doing the limbo again for a while!