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Hello,
Well Queenstown was are party town and gave us a much needed opportunity to have a lay in! Because we have been moving each day, we have had early starts most mornings. I don't mind too much but it is nice not to wake with an alarm. Queenstown had a nice selection of shops, restaurants and bars. The next few days were spent exploring and sunbathing. It had lovely parks you could lay in a bask in sunshine, near the lakes and of course with mountain backdrop. You could get a cablecar up to top of the mountain (which cost money and I had spent alot on canyon swing) or hike up it which took 6 hrs there and back. I had a few friends which did both when we were at our canyon swing, they said you had lovely views of Queenstown. The 2nd night we went on a pub crawl would have been rude not to plus a little well done for doing canyon swing. 5 shots in 5 bars for 15 dollars (bargain) the final bar had a live band, they were awesome. The last day in Queenstown (after an epic lay in) we went to the bead shop and made our own bracelets, it's my little bit of New Zealand to take home :) I made mine with paua shell, as it's nz famous shell. We also had to sample a fergburger, a famous burger shop in Queenstown....the shop is always packed. Was well worth the wait, although we had to go to park to eat it. The burgers were massive, my friend had the biggest one and was literally the size of my head. That night we just lazed in TV and packed.... Ready for our 8 o'clock start to drive to Christchurch! Yawn. We didn't arrive in Christchurch till 4ish, so was just a walk to supermarket then an uneventful evening as had a 7 o'clock start. We stopped at a few beauty spots along the way, Lake Tekapo a beautiful turquoise coloured lake and Lake Pukaki which had the a different view of Mount Cook and Lake Dunstan. The next day we arrived in Kaikoura about midday but it was chucking it down so again the activities, dolphin swimming and whale watching were cancelled. So we again just watched movies, because I had been to both these places before I did not mind, I was just eager to get to the north island, which would be the following day :) The journey to north island involved travelling on a ferry for 3 hrs, note to self for future do not fall asleep on ferry as it makes you feel sick. It was so choppy. It took till teatime to get to Wellington so it was a long day, Wellington looked nice but it was whistlestop tour, as we were leaving in the morning at 8. So had a 5 dollar dominoes (12 inch- so that's like 2 pound 50) and just went out to dance the night away! In retrospect I do wish I stayed an extra night to explore the capital. We then drove to Taupo arriving at 2ish. We saw the famous mount doom (from lord of the rings), mount tongario which is an active volcano although its safe to visit as there is a hike you can do up it. When we arrived in Taupo we decided to walk straight away to the hot spa stream, it was really hot day so perfect weather to explore and finally get my bikini on. The stream was in a park and the temperature of the water was literally as hot a bath, it was delightful although you had to keep moving as it was soooooooo hot. Its heat is due to volcanic thermal activity, it is quite weird as you could move a few steps away from the heated water and it was freezing cold water. We lazed in sunshine after to dry, it's a lovely heat and not at all humid, I'm enjoying the north island sunshine :) well I did it I gave in and did a Bungy, I was so more scared then I was with canyon swing but again it's the actually falling off the platform. But it was amazing, scary but an amazing feeling! I opted for the being dunked in the lake (if your gonna do it do it properly). The views from the Bungy were phenomenal. The lake looked absolutely stunning, breathtaking! Although did not pay much attention when I was on platform as I don't think I would have done it :) you had to literally lean forward, such a liberating feeling, when you fall into water you had to put your chin on chest and put your hands into a dive position. I was concentrating on that so much I kind of forgot I was falling haha :) you spring up quite high but it doesn't feel like you do but I saw it on the video (which again I purchased) :) not sure if I would do it again but so glad I chose to do it in this beautiful place. Taupo is my 2nd favourite place now in New Zealand behind Queenstown of course :) I'm writing the end of this blog laying in the sunshine by the lake, which is the largest lake in NZ. Heaven!!! Off to see Tash tomorrow in stinky Roturua ..... Can't wait :)
Update soon,
Cook xxxxxxx
P.s Happy birthday Ethan .... Love u buddy xxxxx

Posted by Renae84 21:05 Archived in New Zealand

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It was lovely to speak to you this morning and hear how much you are enjoying yourself. Keep blogging, give our love to Tash, love you lots, Mum and Keith xxxx

by Tracey Everritt

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