Friday, April 4, 2008

New Zealand April 4, 2008

New Zealand in awsome! Time is going by so fast I cannot believe I have less than a week left here before heading to Fiji. I've done so much here I cannot keep track of the days. Our last day in Lake Taupo area we drove over the Waiotapu, meaning sacred waters. It is a thermal area with boiling multi colored pools, bubbling mud, craters, and a geyser. We then headed over the Rotorua for a gondola ride up the mountain to ride the luge down (a sort of tobogan on wheels). It was a beautiful view of Lake Rotorua. At night we went to a very fun bar with a MC that involved the crowd. One of the "challenges" was four beers to the couple which changed ENTIRE outfits the quickest. I am proud to say Chad and I won! I was laughing so hard my head hurt.
Yesterday we spent the good part of the day traveling from Lake Taupo to Wellington, the scenery is beautiful, and luckily the company is still great! Unfortunately we didn't have much time in Wellington, but from what I saw it was an amazingly clean and safe city. We just had time for dinner of mussels and beer at a pub before retiring in a very posh hotel. This morning we took two short flights to the south island and we arrived to in Queenstown. WOW! Beautiful mountains and beautiful water. Sort of reminds me of Aspen on the ocean. We went to see the elusive Kiwi bird today at the wildlife park, then scheduled our activities, and just stopped for a beer. This is the adrenalin capital of the world. There is so much to do and we are trying to cram as many activities into our short stay as possible. Tommorrow we are waking up early to take a jet boat up the Shotover River, then off to a wine tasting tour from 12-5:30, then we are taking a gondola ride up the mountain to see a Maori cultural show and dinner overlooking the city. There are constantly people parachuting out of the sky, it seems ordinary. Paragliding, hanggliding, bungy jumping, mountain biking, flyfishing, white water rafting, hiking, horse "trekking", booze cruises, endless activites. The most enjoyable trying to sell you anything and tipping is not customary, so they are very appreciative when you do. Tons of backpackers. My traveling companions are all waiting, gotta run!


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