13.01.2012 - 18.01.2012 23 °C
Wow, New Zealand....here we are!
Sorry it has been so long since our last update, we have been busy with moving from place to place, catching flights and planning like crazy to make our Kiwi experience great!
Just to catch you all up on the past few days...
We made our way down to Nadi on the evening of the 16th and spent the night in a hostel close to the airport. Attatched to the hostel was a restaurant, which was country themed...very unusual and not at all comforting. We stayed in a dorm room where we met two awesome German boys, and chatted with them about their experiences travelling Canada and picked up some tips about couch surfing.
We were up early the morning of the 17th to catch our flight from Fiji to New Zealand and while we were at the airport we ran into some friends (Helena and James), who we had met in LA. While we waited for our flight they gave us some great ideas for South East Asia and some tips for New Zealand and Astralia. We parted ways with Helena and James in Aukland as they were headed by car down to Wellington and we were grabbing a connecting flight down to Christchurch. Before we said our goodbyes we exchanged contact information with them, so hopefully we will see them again soon when we head through Wellington.
Later that evening we landed in Christchurch and got to our hostel, "Around The World Backpackers" to settle down for two nights. Due to a recent earthquake the majority of Christchurch's city center is closed down, so there has not been much to do here for the past two days. This worked out for us as we were in desperate need of some down time to plan plan plan!
Kirsty, one of the hostel employees came to our rescue and layed out a very packed and exciting 16 day Kiwi adventure for us that includes touring both the South and North islands. After about 4 hours of computer time, research, date planning and several hundred dollars we have on our hands quite the calendar of events.
The real Kiwi experience starts tomorrow morning on "The Naked Bus" for a 6 hour ride down to Queenstown...wish us luck!
We will try to update more frequently over the next two and a half weeks as there will be lots to share, and we will also be posting pictures as soon as we get to a computer with access to a USB outlet.
Love you all lots and sending you tons of love,
S & J xoxo