A Travellerspoint blog

February 2014

Last week of South Island

sunny 20 °C

Went to Queenstown and did canyoning at Routeburn (45min drive from Queenstown). This involves abseiling, climbing, swimming, jumping and sliding down waterfalls and following the water to the bottom of the canyon. Was a great day!

Headed down to Milford Sound, went on a cruise boat and saw lots of seals. The mountains around the harbour where the boat left from was so beautiful. Stayed at Gunn’s Camp, a valley close to Milford Sound, which were cute little cabins but there was so many sand flies.

Once got back to Queenstown, went on a 4x4 adventure up to Macetown. The guide/driver told us so many interesting facts about the gold mining around this area. The journey took us up mountains, across various rivers (through the water) and the scenery was to die for.

Went to Mount Cook which is the third glacier area have had the privileged of seeing within the south island. The hostel we stayed in had an amazing few of Mt Cook.

Went to Kaikoura where I got up at 4am to go 25 mins out on boat into the ocean and find LOTS of wild dusky dolphins. This was just amazing, I cannot find the words to describe the experience as got to get into the water and swim with them. Defiantly something ticked off the list to do before I am 30!

Headed back over on the ferry to the north island for my last week in New Zealand.

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First week on South Island

sunny 22 °C

Got the ferry from Wellington to Picton where we met the Stray bus again.

Went to Marlborough which is a famous vineyard, therefore got to do wine tasting! Backpackers trying to be posh 

Headed to Abel Tasman National Park which was another beautiful place. So far I have to say that Stray do have some amazing places to stay on this trip that I don’t think as an individual traveller would find. Whilst here went for walk to the beach and chilled out there for the day. The water was so clear!

Next day went to Punakaiki where there are some pancake rocks overlooking the ocean – again a beautiful view. The hostel we stayed at was more like a holiday home in the rainforest overlooking the beach. I can easily say this is the best accommodation so far travelling. Little things made this place, own kitchen (with an oven!), pool table, lounge area with bean bags and sofas and the bedrooms were well designed to get lots of people in without being crowded at all. Just perfect 

Spent 2 nights at Franz Josef where I went on a Heli Hike. This included a helicopter over Franz Josef glacier which was amazing, I got to sit in the front also so the view was great. First time I have ever been in a helicopter! When got on the ice went and found some little tunnels and holes to go through which was really cool.

Spent 3 nights at Fox Glacier. This was the best glacier by far. I did ice climbing day, set off at 8am and got back at 6pm. Was exhausted but was well worth it. Ice climbing on a glacier wall is a lot harder than in a big freezer in Manchester! We also went to find some caves and tunnels but could do better was as abseiled down into them & climbed back out.

Spent 3 nights in Wanaka where I went to Puzzle world which is an illusion building and a maze, so that was cool!! Pretending to hold a building up etc! Also hired a bike and decided to bike around some of Lake Wanaka, amazingly beautiful place here with mountains all around and a beautiful lake in the middle. So glad I got to spend so long here.

Off to Queenstown tomorrow which should keep me busy!

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