Trip Start Nov 13, 2007
102Trip End Oct 08, 2008
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so how did i end up here in wanaka i hear you ask. well its a long story so ill rewind back to my arrival to the YHA kip in queenstown and take it from there.
i was so sad to wave goodbye to te anau and marcella and i's lovely number 30 cottage which had been home for the previous 3 nights. but i had to move on and so i headed on east to queenstown - the skiing party-capitol of the south island (from what i can gather.) the YHA was so much worse than other ones id stayed in. the beds were literally flimsy aul mattresses on wooden boards that squeaked and groaned no matter what way you moved. the bathroom hadnt been cleaned for 4 days and the duvet covers were skanky. so i decided to escape and head up the skyline gondola to check out the views as it was yet another nice day. i was told it was possible to also do the walk on foot so thought id take the healthy option and make the trek.
in the morning of the next day i was picked up by the skipper canyon jet "vehicle" which was kind of like a tank but not so big but a truck aswell. there were only 4 of us on the trip so we headed on up coronet peak (complete with snow chains) and then veered off to head down into the canyon.
after that we stopped briefly at an old bungy bridge that you could walk out over (and i once again reminded myself in the process of how ill never be able to do a bungy jump EVER). and then it was back to queenstown. in the afternoon id booked a thing called paradise safari that went in a 4WD up to a town called glenorchy about 40 k's away and then on up some dirt roads to the LOTR locations for isengard etc. however as we set off i noticed the sky was becoming pretty grey and innocently asked our driver if there was a chance of snow and he said maybe. we did get to stop off where they filmed ithilien (the place where they cook rabbit and the olliphants go past and theyre looking down at them from a cliff)
ANYWAY the snow continued to fall. the hostel lost power for 2 hours and we sat around by the light of glow sticks (JUST like the ones in tomb raider!!). tales cmae back about cars being abandoned on the roads, hill roads being closed, traffic chaos, skiers stranded.
and this morning despite the fact that it didnt snow during the night, all the mountain pass roads were all still closed and so i wasnt able to go to franz josef as planned.
after the refund fiasco (which took place this morning) i just wanted to get the hell out of queenstown so i headed off towards wanaka and thats were i am now. i wasnt able to stay in the YHA cos its full (most places are cos so many people are stuck here) so i came here to the brand new base backpackers hostel. its nice. big, sterile, but new and clean. but then i went to bed and realised our dorm is pretty much right above the nightclub downstairs. i might as well take my bag and try and sleep in the middle of the dance floor. and single rooms (on the second floor) are a preposterous $110 (normally about $40 in a hostel) so im not paying to upgrade.
and so here i am - insomniacal and grumpy on the interweb at 7 minutes past midnight wondering when the bass will die so i can get some kip. and who knows if i can even leave tomorrow cos the road is still closed and the weather forecast isnt good for the weekend. apparantly this was the biggest snowfall in decades. and so the mayhem lives on.
enjoy the pics. im breaking all uploading records for the aul photos here in NZ.
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