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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Kia Ora as the Kiwis say!

We last left off in Queenstown in the South Island.  It was a really cool place, full of backpackers and loads of stuff going on.  We met up with a group of girls we met on the South Island and sampled the local nightlife and scenery.  On the second day we took a trip to the top of the Queenstown Gondola which had breath taking views of the local lakes and Mountains.  Queenstown is really mountainous and one of the main areas for winter skiing.

On the second day we headed off to Te Anu for an overnight stop before heading onto Milford Sound.
Not much to write about in Te Anu, however Milford Sound was absolutely unbelievable, its unlike anything I have ever seen before - I think Ads has added some photos and I have put a few more up, however my camera got water on it and stopped working for a few hours so I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked.  Nonetheless we visited when it was raining and the amount of waterfalls we say was breathtaking, the mountains and waterfalls were massive, I thoroughly recommend the visit.  We also went on a 3 hour cruise down the sound, had seals swimming with us and saw more waterfalls, some upto 800metres tall!

Once getting back a shore however the car troubles that had plagued me for the majority of my driving life continued.  When we set off in the van we heard a loud cranking noise.  Cutting a long story short one of the engine bearings was damaged and we had to have the van towed 120km back to Te Anu.

Although putting a slight dampner of proceedings, we carried on regardless and managed to catch a bus from Te Anu back to Queenstown.  We then had to hire a car to get to Franz Josef glacier (which we had already paid for) and the drive onto Christchurch before getting another bus back upto Picton (north of the South Island).

Franz Josef was again really spectacular, however the 4 hour trek was a let down - a lot of walking to the glacier and a lot of stopping around and waiting for people.  Nonetheless the glacier was massive and stunning.  We also managed to catch a stunning sunset on the way upto Franz Josef. 

The drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch was again one of the more memorable drives I have made (I know I keep using the same words to describe the scenery) it was breathtaking!

From Christchurch onwards not much has happened, and Ads and I have landed in Brisbane safely this evening for the start of our OZ adventure.

Enjoy the snaps.

Love Ben and Adam
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benandadam on

Dad has got a ticket !!
Just managed to win 1 ticket for Dad on e bay to go and see Wales V France 15 March. Not as exciting as your trip but hey!!!!Poor Ben and cars,you don't have a good record what did you do with it in the end. NZ looked wonderful,we can't wait for our gap year!!!
Give us a ring over the next few days from OZ and let us know where you are staying but please no cars!! Speak soon

avie on

Haven't heard from you in a while!
Hi Boys, Hope you're both well, haven't heard from you in a while, I log in regularly in anticipation. Loved your photos, lovely scenery and very pretty girls! Met up with Mum for a few days at Nainies just after Easter. Lara has just returned from Italy and is now down in Plymouth. Dave is in the midst of moving house, still in Bristol. We're off to Cornwall for a few days. No more news. Look forward to your next write up. Take care, much love to you both, Avie and John xxxx

avie on

2 entries!!!!!!!!
Don't know why there are 2 identical entries, still better 2 than none at all. A xxxx

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