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6 Month Mark

  So it's been just over 6 months since we left home. It's gone ridiculously fast! I wouldn't be able to tell you our favourite country but favourite cities so far have to be San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Cusco, Rio, Iquique and Queenstown. NZ is definitley up there for most beautiful country.

  I think we could have done with a bit longer here as we would of liked to visit a few more places in the South Island but apparently flights aren't too expensive from Australia so who knows we may be back soon. As we'd been in Queenstown for about 12 days we settled down and made a few friends so it was sad leaving them behind but got us excited to start work  and living in Oz.

  Today we are off to Fiji for 3 weeks! Woohoo! A time to chill out, get a tan and have fun before we start our job hunt. I did check the weather forecast though and it seems to be raining quite a bit there at the moment.. It better not rain that much!

leaving on a jet plane

leaving on a jet plane

Posted by amcara91 16:20 Archived in New Zealand Tagged flying Comments (0)

Fun in Queenstown

snow 2 °C

I recovered well from my limbo incident and now only feel a twang in my hip every now and again so I'm pretty sure it'll be back to normal in no time. On Saturday I did the canyon swing with our Aussie pal Matt. It involved jumping off the side of a cliff, freefalling 60m and then swinging 160m. It was so scary! The guy was like all you have to do is step off the edge, easier said than done! I sort of just crumbled off the edge not really being able to jump or step. It was a crazy feeling of just falling and a split second of thinking that maybe I was falling to my death but then whoosh I was swinging and that was the best feeling ever! It was really amazing!
canyon swing

canyon swing


  We've also been up the Remarkables mountain range, named after a guy who looked out his window and said 'wow isn't that view remarkable', which was brilliant. I mean obviously it's nothing compared to Whistler or the Alps but still we're in New Zealand and managed to go snowboarding so we're pretty happy! It had been snowing heaps and the day we went up it was pretty clear so perfect conditions. The resort did only have 3 chairlifts though so pretty small.   Will's been practicing his culinary skills. The other day he made an amazing beef stew which he has renamed 'Big Man Broth'... it was perfect for when we had just come off the mountain, his next aim is a curry. Not too spicy I hope!
snowboarding in Queenstown

snowboarding in Queenstown


  Queenstown is very expensive and there is not a lot to do unless you're spending lots of money so we're looking forward to moving on on Saturday and even more excited for the hot weather of Fiji on Sunday! We've been on a couple of walks and seen some amazing views it really is stunning here!

teeing off on our walk haha!

teeing off on our walk haha!


nice views on our walk

nice views on our walk

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Queenstown, Snow and some Extreme Limbo

snow 3 °C

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

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

nice views on our journey

stop off at lake Wanaka

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!

Posted by amcara91 14:43 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

Super South Island

  It really is true what they say. The South Island is more beautiful than the North. We arrived in Picton after a stunning 3 hour ferry crossing and stayed there for one night in a really cool hostel. We watched Lord of the Rings and went out for a look around and had some fresh fish and chips! That's really all we needed as its a tiny town with not a lot to do, people say it only survives because of the ferry so off to Nelson we went!
ferry ride

ferry ride

skimming pebbeles in Picton

skimming pebbeles in Picton


   Nelson is a bit bigger than Picton and is really close to the Abel Tasman National Park so after a night we got a bus to there. It was crazy beautiful. We got a water taxi from Marahau to Anchorage and then walked back from there. It was a 4 hour trek with amazing scenery and deserted beaches which I imagine are packed when it's summer. We were lucky with the weather as well. Clear blue skies but still pretty cold.  
beautiful deserted beach

beautiful deserted beach

stopped off here for vegemite sandwiches!

stopped off here for vegemite sandwiches!


We're spending our last night in Nelson tonight and heading to Franz Joseph in the morning where there are glaciers which we're hoping to get a tour on if they aren't too expensive.

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All Blacks vs France

  We spent last Saturday evening at Eden Park in Auckland watching the All Blacks vs France. Before the game our hostel had a big BBQ and we were all getting warrior painted up with a couple of beverages raring to go! It was so much fun. Half the hostel staff are French so there was a good mix of people.
barbeque fun

barbeque fun


I'd bought an All Blacks shirt especially for this occasion! We all headed to the stadium and the streets were lined with fans it was an incrdible atmosphere. Considering we'd bought our tickets a couple weeks ago and paid the cheapest price our seats weren't that bad at all! Both teams sang their national anthem amd then we got to see the Haka which I think is the main reason why people go to the games. That was awesome but you don't get nearly as good a view as you would from the tv.
anthems

anthems


Mexican waves were flying around the stadium and chants were being sung. France got an early try but NZ came back to win the game 23 - 13 It was pretty scrappy and France had a huge opportunity in the second half to score another but made a couple of mistakes so lost it. Brilliant experience! We all headed back to our hostel and finished off the left over food from the BBQ. It's safe to say there were a fair few people with sore heads on Sunday!  

We are now in Wellington and are going to stayhere for maybe one or two nights before we head over to the South Island. It took a long 11 hour bus journey to get down here where we went through quite a few of the towns that we visited on our road trip and to Wills excitement we went through Cambridge!

rugby fun!

rugby fun!

Posted by amcara91 01:41 Archived in New Zealand Tagged rugby allblacks Comments (0)

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