Queenstown

Trip Start Jan 28, 2006
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Trip End Feb 20, 2007


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Thursday, March 2, 2006

I made it Queenstown. This is the most expensive, but activity packed place in New Zealand. I searched around for a while looking for a backpackers hostel to stay at. They were all fully booked, and most had no camping available. For those who are not sure what a backpackers is yet let me brief you. A backpackers is a place that has no real extras. Each room sleeps 4 to 8 people, and there are no toilets, sinks, t.v's, heating or any extras . You sometimes have to bring your own sleeping bag or blankets, or you have to rent one while there. There is usually one bathroom with a few crappy showers, laundry facilities, and if your lucks a common area where you can watch non-cable t.v. There's usually one massive kitchen with a couple refrigerators. Everything is usually kept fairly clean by staff. The travellers/backpacker's wash their own dishes and clean up after themselves. Young people between the ages 18 and 30 make up the majority. All and all, it makes for a hellava great time! Everyone gets to know everyone after a day or two, and drinking becomes as common as breathing. It costs $19 to $25 a night, or you can do a few hours work around the backpackers to pay for your bed.

I knew if I tried to do all of the activities in Queenstown I would make far too big a dent in my wallet to be able to do anything else in New Zealand. I narrowed it down to one major thing that I desperately wanted to do. I did the Nevis Bungy. The Nevis Bungy is the 2nd highest bungy in the world. It's a 134 meter drop with only a rubber band stopping you from making a mess on them rocky ground. I figured I should wear depends before making the jump, but couldn't really find any my size. It was the rush of a lifetime! I really wanted to scream like a little girl the entire time, but the only thing that came out during the 10 second plunge was gasp. I really did have an awesome time thou. I feel like I can do anything now (without depends).

The next few days in Queenstown were made up of quiet days and drunken nights. After staying in one place like for 5 days you really get to know everyone well, which makes the experience that much better. We ended up being a group of about 15 or 20 people. Next up Milford Sound otherwise know as the end of the earth.
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monicastevenson
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Bunje Jumping
Hi Rye: The photos are awesome...you look so great and so happy...just looking at photo of you all prepared to bunje jump give me the willies...I would die before I left the platform. Grandma got an e-mail from the relative that she told you about in NewZealand and he said that he would love to hear from you. If you can fit it in your schedule fine if not don't even think about it.
Looking forward to talking to you soon.
Love you and miss you lots.
Mom xox

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