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New Zealand, Christchurch to Queenstown.

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 September 2007 | Views [1397] | Comments [4]

Well we have made it to New Zealand, first stop is Christchurch for a couple of days. First impression is that it’s a nice city, but we were so busy sorting ‘stuff’ out that we are planning to return to see the whole thing.  The trip from Christchurch down to Queenstown was amazing, we took a scenic tour bus rather than a direct route; only $19 more and well worth the extra.  The first stop was Fairlie, a small town in the middle of nowhere and Em found a ‘luxury’ chocolate shop; all the way to NZ and Em’ finds a chocolate shop in the middle of nowhere.  Next on to Lake Tekapo, as the first lake we’ve seen in NZ we thought it looked lovely and peaceful, and was amazed at the views; more was to come.  The next stop was Lake Pukaki which was on our way to Mt Cook, this lake had the most amazing colour water we’ve seen.  When the sun hit the water it reflected the Blue rock flour that is washed into it from the Glacier River, it’s formed by the weight of the Glacier ‘crushing’ the rocks underneath and washing the fine powder into the Lake; I promise you that the picture has not been ‘touched up’ in any way and it’s the colours that we were faced with when the sun broke through.  Mt Cook village is nowhere near Mt Cook, the only connection is that you can see excellent views of the mountain from the town; and it’s a 3hr hike from town to base of the mountain.  We arrived in Queenstown in time to see the Tandem Paragliders taking off of the Mountain behind our Hostel, and we arrive just in time to get a free Pizza from Tony the Hostel Manager.  Tony told us we had a nice view from our room and told us to look as soon as we got up the next morning, he was right; lovely view over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Mountains that we would be snowboarding.

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Hey Hey Hey OLD GITS, just managed to find this site been looking for ages. Well sounds like you both are having a wicked time wish i was there. We have had a look at all of your pics and it looks amazing and you said that you will be snowboarding today so i hope you take loads of pics, i want to see andy doing 360 spins and sliding on the rails (Narly). Lets talk about me now, ha well i came secound in the army wakeboarding champs this year i was well chuffed. Everything is going fine back here but its so quiet and boring back here. Not long till we go on holiday cant wait.
Well you two take care and have the time of your life living the dream, speake soon Dan and Lisa xx

  Dan and Lisa Sep 22, 2007 11:18 PM


Hi Both
It looks like you are having a wonderful time.Everywhere looks fantastic and really makes us want to pack up for a holiday.....
Home must seem like a million miles away, no worries!!
Love ya. Special kiss for Aunty Em & UNCLE ANDY from Anya XX

  Gina, Darren & Anya Sep 23, 2007 9:39 PM


Wow those photoes are fab, you look as if you are really enjoying yourselves,love the basket you made and you both look really brown and well.
look after yourselves and will keep in touch with your travells
Mum, John, Jess, Ben

  M E Hague Sep 25, 2007 7:25 AM


Hi again
Just to let you know Andy i am sending the photoes to you sister and copies of you journals so she can keep up with your travells.
We had a trip to Newcastle for a few days last week so i am just catching up on everything,we had a great time and the weather was hot and sunny but i don't think i have a tan like yours,shuk's?.
Love Mum, John, Jess,Ben.

  M Hague Sep 25, 2007 7:34 AM

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