Express NZ Update Blog

Haha… time for a quick update on the trip… since we have been really rubbish on the blog since arriving NZ…. believe it or not… it is harder to find computers here than in south east asia!

So…..

After the HeliHike, we headed south towards Wanaka, where I fell off my bike doing some gnarly mountain-biking! We went to Cinema Paradiso full of couches and homemade cookies then on to Queenstown where we drank too much and rode a mechanical bull!

Next stop was the sounds… the glacial fjords in the south of the south island…. AMAZING! Nearly came unstuck when we set off for Milford Sound without filling up with petrol – but despite what they say … they do… I repeat DO have petrol at Milford Sound! We did an amazing overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, complete with sea kayaking, seals, wind, waterfalls and the coldest 5 second dip of my life! Glacial Fjord water = COLD!

Heading south to the tip of the island, we stopped in the Sausage Capital – only to discover that the butchers was closing down, then onto Invercargill to check out the World’s Fastest Indian motorcycle! The south island all the time getting colder, wetter and less populated! The most southern tip of the island was the cold, windiest place yet – but we got a photo and avoided being thrown over the cliffs by the wind!

Time for some home comforts so we headed to the Catlins to see the rare yellow-eyed penguin then stayed for 3 nights with Andy’s friend Neil’s family… who were the perfect hosts… karaoke, deep fried oysters, the steepest street in the world and crazy dogs and cats… great stuff! Inland next for the famous Central Rail Trail – a bike and walking track through an old railway line… gorgeous country of orchards and snow topped mountains. We did just one day on the trail – 66km in total and very tired legs – but awesome and just in time to dodge the rain which started the next day.

The rain did put a dampner on the journey through Christchurch and up to Nelson and Golden Bay – but we still managing a few little walks and some Easter Eggs too! But by the time Easter Sunday arrived with our ferry trip back to the north island… it was purely grim and grey (yes I know the UK is lovely and sunny at the moment!) 3 days in the van getting cabin fever and not being able to surf put us in a pants mood… but in Taupo, things were looking up with a bit of sun… and the wind dropped long enough for Andy to SKYDIVE from 15000 feet!

So that just about brings things up to speed! And with less than a week left before we set off home…. how much more fun can we cram in????? well maybe a little bit more !

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