sorry it has taken me forever to update this, but alas it has, i have been very busy. anyways, new zealand was totally awesome, i loved it there, i want to move there!! well onto the trip, as you know i went with jenn, her boyfriend matt and my friend kat. we did a 6 day tour of south island
we got our rental car early in christchurch and just basically drove across to the west coast through arthurs pass. it was a bit of a crappy day, but i still loved driving so i was happy. the mountains are amazing. there were tons of waterfalls and creeks anda all along the way. we made it to the west coast and drove up north to see the pancake rocks, which were cool. it is like the 12 apostles in melbourne but i think cooler. they basically have waves crash on them and at times it looks like a geiser. then we drove south down the west coast to where we were staying for the night, in Franz Josef. the YHA was nice, and it had a sauna and jenn cracked me up because she ould only handle like 5 mins of it, and i was loving it. i wish i had a book because i would have sat there for hours!
next day me kat and jenn did the glacier hike, which was totally cool. matt couldnt go because of his ankle, but i loved it being just the three girls! anyways, the hike was a lot of fun, it was cloudy in the morning but cleared up a bit in the afternoon. they gave us these boots and all to wear, and by the end all 3 of us were in pain! but we had fun, so it was all good. we then basically grabbed something quick to eat and then started our 10 hour drive to Te Anau. i wish we didnt have to do half the drives at night because it was apparently an amazing drive!
we arrived in Te Anau late and had to get up early to figure out seakayaking. we put matt in charge of it since he had nothing to do, and of course it got screwed up. so i had to call in the morning and woke the poor person up and asked if we could get on it, and basically paid for the 4 of us to go and then they paid me back. sea kayaking on the milford sound was amazing tho. it wasnt my favorite activity, but the sites were amazing. it was a beautiful day in the afternoon and we got amazing pictures. of course we finished the drive towards the evening which was kinda annoying because it was another pretty drive, but we stopped along the way a lot for pics. then we had to drive to queenstown that night.
we arrived in queenstown that night and basically just crashed. we had no plans for the next day because we kbew anything could be figured out in the morning. what eventually happened was all 4 of us did a jetboat in shootover canyon, which was really cool. then we kinda wandered around the city, and i decided i was going to bungee jump and kat was going to hangglide. matt and jenn were still undecided, and basically he stormed off, so me jenn and kat were going to go watch me bungee. then we found him, jenn got out and me and kat went to bungee and then later we both went hangliding. i got to go at sunset off of the remarkables which was totally cool! then we all had dinner together adn then crashed because we had a really early morning.
next day we got up uber early and i drove us through sunrise straight down to Invercargill and hte bluff which are on the south points of the island. then we went to Dunedin to see the penguins and such. we did this tour which was kinda cool, where we watched the yellow eyed penguins come in from feeding, which was cool. then we got dinner in town and figured out the hostel we were supposed to stay at was closed for the winter, luckily we found another one.
then we woke up earlyish and drove back to christchurch where we did a gondola and all. it wasnt what i was expecting, but it was cool all the same. we kinda wandered around for a while and then me and kat went to return the rental car, oh i miss the white wizard! the wizards poor breaks were screaming like hell too, whcih was really annoying and we hope we dont get charged for. it was hell trying to find the hostel because roads just randomly ended, and they wouldnt on our map! me and kat were at a yha and jenn amd matt were somewhere completely across the city! we had to walk to meet them ebcause we had no way to contact them and it was a 45 min walk, which was ok but we were starving. we got a pizza, and then kat went to the atm, and somehow her major credit card got dropped in the little trash slot, i mean what are the chances! then we were stressing about that, then we got some suveniers for people.
me and kat made it back and then crashed for the night. we had a 6am international flight so we had to be picked up at 330 am! we set me alarm, but for some odd reason i started panicing in the middle of the night and thought it got turned off, and we were all out in the hall and ready to go, and i looked and it was only 130 am! honestly, i was stupid, and we had packed up our sheets and everything, but whatever, we went back to sleep and got up at the right time. we flew from christchurch to sydney to brisbane to cairns. it was a long say of flying, i got sick on thr flight and had to study for my final the next day. i basically just thought to hell with the final, i only needed a 7 % to pass.
anyways, i have been doing a lot of studying and such, and the last few days i have been doing whatever. all of us (me jenn matt em shelly kim, ally jess and christina) all went down to the casino for thrusday night, i only lost 10$ so i did alrighty. then we just wandered. the next day me jenn and matt came downtown and wen tto the esplanade to swim and get some sun. then we wandered for a while and eventually went to see xmen 3, which was pretty good, i think i might have liked the first ones better tho! i dont know, i liked it but i am not sure what to think. and jenn and matt were yelling at me b/c i made them stay until after the credits because everyone said so, and we did and saw it. yup.
now i have been just trying to get work done and failing miserably. oh, and my bloody insomnia is back, that is always fun. MY PARENTS ARE IN NEW ZEALAND RIGHT NOW>>>>ALMOST TO AUSTRALIA!! yeah my parents are finally over here! cant wait until they actually arrive on friday after my exam!
anyways, this has been a really long entry, sorry. anyways, love ya