Well, now that I have a bit of spare time (too much in fact, bored out of my mind) I thought i’d give the low down on the trip to NZ.
Our trip started on the North Island at Palmerston North where we caught up with relatives, which was great. Stayed there for 3 days. During that time we checked out the Te Apiti wind farm and Owlcatraz, an animal sanctuary about an hour out of Palmerston. Before long it was off to the South Island for me and Lizzy. First thing we experienced of the South Island was the amazing view from the ferry. Everything was straight out of a postcard, and that was just the beginning.
We picked up the hire car and it was straight to Blenheim to stay for the night, before heading off on an 8 hour journey to Fox Glacier the next day. On our way to Fox Glacier we stopped to check out the blow-holes at pancake rocks on the west coast of the South Island.
The next day was the Fox Glacier walk, such an amazing experience to walk on top of one of the biggest Ice Glaciers so close to sea level. Got some spectacular photos of it too.
The next day we drove to Queenstown for some action and adventure. We went on the Shotover Jet boat rides, which travel at 80km/h through tight canyons, all the while doing 360 spins every now and then for good measure. The wind was bloody freezing but all in all a great day. Then we spent a couple of days snowboarding, loads of fun but we really hurt afterwards.
Regrettably we spent the last two days of our trip in Dunedin, had a bad experience with the Hotel changing their name from Bentley’s to the Saville without notifying us, drove past the thing three times before going in and asking what was going on, got a fairly rude reply. Generally not that thrilled with the town itself. Lanark Castle however was amazing, an immaculate restoration, a real credit to those who restored it.