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claire’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Location: New Zealand

MapSorry guys it appears that I have little enthrusiasm for this but the truth is we have had very little internet accessibility up until a few days ago, and queing up is not fun!! But anyway will let you know what we have been up to!!

After our early start from Wellington we arrived in Nelson on the south island quite late. It was still light so we walked upto the mid point of NZ. Its up this massive hill and it highlighted the fact I had not done any exercise in ages. When we got to the top of the hill the views were amazing. We could see the hole of Nelson and beyond. NZ have even put a little plaque up to indicate the mid point of NZ so made you feel like you have acheived something!!

Wesport was our newt stop and we were very excited about this as we were jet boating. It was so brilliant and the captain steered the boat well. We got absoloutly soaking and it was so cold but well worth it. I couldnt stop smiling after we had done it!!

Franz Joseph was out next stop and we planned to do out 8 hour glacier hike. It was one of the best experiences ever. Even tho I am not a great fan of walking miles this was one definatly not to miss. We had the proper hiking gear on with the spike on our shoes so we could grip the ice. If you look at one of the pics you can see the narrow gaps we had to squeeze thro. However I did get my backside stuck in one of them. Not my proudest moment I have to say!! Finalley when we reached the hostel we discovered it had a hot tub!! Best remedy for those aches and pains.

Eventually we made it to Queenstown and its gorgeous. Its a small town set inbetween mountains with a lake next to it. Everything is so tidy and pretty. Our hostel isnt too bad either. The nightlife is very good here, too good in fact. I have spent a fourtune whilst I have been here. Time to cut back!!