Filling in Martin's gaps
So here we are in Queenstown 'the activity centre' of New Zealand. I love it here though it does make me feel like i should be spending all our money on ways to kill myself! Well you will be glad to know that our one attempt to do this yesterday failed - well only just in my case! we spent a good deal of time deciding which 1 activity we could do in our very limited budget and plunged for river boarding, which for those who don't know what it is well it is boogie-board on a fast river down grade 3 rapids. When i looked at the video it looked tame but when I'm in the river flying down in a fast current kicking trying to stay off the rocks and the get stuck in 'the man eater' rapids I decided that it wasn't really my idea of fun! thankfully one of the guides pulled me out of the rapids which where churning me under for the 3rd time and I'm here to feel all the aches and pains of being pulled in all directions. And to top that off I paid good money to do that!!!! Had more fun today by walking up Queenstown hill and racing Martin on the Luge - he won of course (I'll use my aching muscles as an excuse). We leave Queenstown tomorrow after some cheap drinks tonight. We head for Mount Cook and more walking the Lake tekapo for watching the nights sky.
But lets see what else since my last blog??? yes Martin told you all about the Milford and Kepler track which yes where amazing even if tough. You will have to wait for the photos to really see what they where like. And I know martin loved kayaking on the Milford Sound for his birthday - Milford is just stunning. It is a small place and has more sandflies than people so it isn't a place to hang around for long. The bus journeys to and from there are worth doing by themselves - beautiful. Before doing all our walking and filling up on lovely dehydrated backcountry cuisine (yes sarcasum!!) we finished our farming up in the North Island which was a great experience even if hard work. We also said a sad goodbye (for now) to Bridget and Craig who spoiled us with a lovely beach weekend and lots of good food (and wine!). We flow down to Christchurch got the transalpine train across to Greymouth which yes you guessed it - was stunning (again!!). Greymouth was a cool place not much there but it felt like a real town and we went on a great brewery tour of the Monteiths beer - lovely. After that we got back on the bus to Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier did some great day walks around them. Unfortunately we couldn't afford to do the walks on them but thought we got to see what we wanted and had good weather. It is so weird to see glaciers after walking through rainforest, different to the ones in Canada. From Fox glacier we had the most stunning bus trip to Wanaka, we where a bit tired and really didn't do much in Wanaka apart from chill out pritty place though the hostel and all the activities are too expensive for words. What else - oh yes Te Anua - stayed in a great ensuite room and went to the glow worm caves which where magical like the starry nights sky in a cave.
2 Week left here not long at all - Australia on 13th march then work!!!!! HELP! Martin even has a start date! We will be in Adelaide so let us know if you are wanting a place to stay 'no problem'.
look forward to hearing from anyone hope the snow is slowing!