Adventure capital of the world.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Greetings.

This was a part of the trip we were very much looking forward to.  Queenstown is famous for being the adventure capital of the world: so many choices for activities :)

Unfortunately, due to our impromptu arrival we had no accommodation booked, so spent the journey calling hostels trying to get a room.  We were completely unaware that the rugby was on that weekend, so many places were full.  After many calls, we settled for a hostel in a good location - a short walk into town & overlooking the river.  Location aside, the hostel was terrible!   Very dirty in every communal room - especially the kitchen.  Full of very young travellers, whose conversations were based on how much alcohol they had consumed the previous night & how much they were planning to drink that evening.  The hostel workers were just as bad - one greeted a new Japanese girl by shouting "you can't book in now".  I stood there wondering what had happened to such simple greetings as hello, or good morning.  The 'manager' (a man from North England!) enjoyed telling me how busy & stressed he was; yet then spent most of his time in the dining room chilling out with the 'youngsters'!  The hostel is called Deco Backpackers - avoid it at all costs!

The first evening we took a drive to the Shotover Canyon where Leszek took a ride on the Shotover jet.  It was my responsibility to record on the camcorder and get some nice action shots.  The ride looked great fun!  Leszek seemed a bit disorientated afterwards - apparently the ride is really hard & bumpy, so there's alot of brain movement!   What an impressive job the drivers do, though I'm sure they must get tired of doing the same course day in, day out...

Saturday was a complete washout, with constant heavy rain.  We took a wonder around the town - enjoying a lovely traditional sweetshop with a huge selection of home-made fudge. I think we sampled every flavour before actually buying some!  It was delicious - my dad would have been in heaven.  To avoid some rain, we took the opportunity to go to the cinema.  I was keen to see the adaptation of The Lovely Bones after reading the book.  The film is directed by Peter Jackson, so we thought it would be good to see.  Leszek enjoyed it, but  I couldn't help but be disappointed after reading the book - the story is slightly different and distracts from the book.  When you read a book & then see the film, there is always a risk it doesn't reflect in the same way & this was a classic case.

Following the cinema, the weather had brightened up a bit so we decided to take one of the last trips up the Gondola.  It was nice to see how Queenstown is situated. It is a lovely town - very easy to walk around and plenty to do.  The only downside (again) for us was the temperature (too cold brrrrr).

Time to leave Queenstown, so we drove to Wanaka and visited Puzzle World and had lots of fun checking out all the different rooms, illusions and puzzles.  I did film Leszek on the cam corder attempting to do a puzzle, but it was over an hour so possibly not the best entertainment! For me, it was hilarious & I was belly laughing for most of the hour.  He was so determined & kept refusing all offers of help from the staff.  Eventually we left without managing to solve it...  I must search for it on-line and buy it!

All for now.

Kirst & Leszek.xx

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Witamy,

Mamy sporo zaległości z pisaniem bloga, więc postaram się tylko po krótce napisać coś o wizycie w Queenstown i Wanaka, zeby jak najszybciej przejść do najnowszych wieści.

Otóz, Queenstown najtrafniej mozna porównać do Zakopanego - tyle ze moze 10 razy bardziej popularna miejscowość górska. Jest to nieoficjalna światowa stolica sportów ekstremalnych, gdzie po raz pierwszy na świecie nijaki AJ Hackett skoczył na bungy. Oprócz skoków na bungy mozna tu takze: skoczyc ze spadochronu (skydiving), przejechac sie na chustawce z wysokości 134 metrów (swing), przewieźć się superszybką motorówką po okolicznych kanionach, pontonowe white water rafting, podróze balonem, helikopterem, samolotem akrobatycznym itd. itp. ;) Do wyboru do koloru. Zostalismy tu na 2 noclegi - tyle ze pogoda byla pod psem wiec udalo sie tylko przejechac motorówką oraz wjechac kolejką gondolową na okoliczną górkę zeby podziwiac okolice z perspektywy (taki odpowiednik Gubałówki).

I tak motorówka dała nieźle w kość, bo trząsło jak cholera, ma się wrazenie ze rozwalimy sie na najblizszej skale, a jak okręca 360 stopni to jakbym sie kurczowo nie trzymal pofrunąłbym pewnie na okoliczne drzewo tudziez skały. Zeby choć troche zobaczyć jak to wygląda kliknijcie na video ponizej zdjęć - zarejestrowane 3 min z mojego przejazdu.

Kolejny dzień zatrzymaliśmy sie w Wanaka - głównie zeby odwiedzić Puzzling World. Jest to miejsce, gdzie zgromadzono róznego rodzaju łamigłówki i iluzje, azeby bawić nimi zwiedzających. Dlatego tez na zdjeciach m.in. mozna zobaczyc jak w jednym pomieszczeniu Kirsty jest dwa razy wieksza ode mnie - iluzja wykorzystana we Wladcach Pierścieni w momencie kręcenia wspólnych scen z hobbitami. Fajna zabawa. Oprócz tego sporo czasu spędzilismy tam w porze lunchu, bo na kazdym stoliku jest kilka łamigłówek do powszechnego uzytku - trafilem na taką z którą meczyłem się godzine - a i tak nic z tego nie wyszło - ech...

Zostały juz tylko 2 wpisy z naszej wycieczki po wyspie południowej. Moze w miedzyczasie wrzucimy bloga z tego co sie dzieje obecnie, zeby wrócić do wycieczki po jakimś czasie. Zobaczymy. Póki co pozdrawiamy!

Leszek i Kirsty






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