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The South Island and Beyond

Day 23

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so its been a while since we have updated you all. We are now at day 23 and we really don't know where to begin with updates. Since our last post we have seen and done a lot and its been very exciting!

We arrived in Queenstown ( the Whistler of New Zealand) after our 6 hour "Naked Bus" journey and climbed the largest hill with our packs on to "Hippo Lodge" where we had an awesome view of the city...I guess the walk was worth it. Then we went into town to get a taste of the local favourite...The Ferg Burger. We waited in a hefty line for about 15 minutes before we even got to order and then waited another 25 minutes for our number to be called. We experienced the magic of the "The Big Al" and " The Southern Classic" (refer to pictures). We rolled ourselves down to the waterfront after dinner to take in some of the awesome views. The following day we woke up early and went for an hour hike up to Bob's Peak lookout where we had lunch. We took the gondola down to the village where we did some window shopping and touring. Later that afternoon we took a bus ride out to Skipper's Canyon that involved a super sketchy road that most rental car companies do not provide insurance for. We went jet boating through the canyon and had a chance to see where early settlers panned for gold all while maxing out at around 80 KMP and felling the rush of full 360 degree spins.

Next we took the bus to Franz Josef where we hiked to the base of the famous Glacier and relaxed for the evening while watching some of the Australian Open. The next day was kind of a bust becuase we spent the day waiting for the weather to clear for Sky Diving...this never happened.

We then took the bus up to Greymouth to take the scenic Tranz Alpine across to Christchurch where we would pick up our rental car the following day. The train ride was beautiful, taking us through rolling hills and across bridges overlooking steep canyons. You could even stand outside in the lookout carriage which was awesome.

The morning of the 23rd we picked up our "Spaceship" known as OP and hit the road running with lots still to do and see. We headed first to Kaikoura for lunch where we walked along the stony beach and viewed the seal colony from a distance. The we headed in land to Hamner Springs for the night.

From Hamner we made our way up to the top of the South Island to Abel Tasman where we took an impromptu 13,000 foot jump out of a plane with men we hardly knew strapped to our backs. This is more widely known as SKYDVING!!!!!!! From this height we had a 45 second free fall high above the clouds where we fell at 200 KPH. Once the chute was open we sailed the rest of the way back down to earth at an easy 20 to 30 KPH glide. This was by far the craziest thing either of us have done...and we both hope to do it again.

The next day we took a water taxi to Anchorage in Abel Tasman National Park where we took a 4 hour scenic hike back into town. On the walk we saw some amazing blue water and white beaches, it was beautiful.

On the evening of the 27th we took the Ferry from Picton to Wellington, where our North Island journey began.

Stay tuned for our updates on our North Island adventures.

Love and miss you all and thinking about you tons!

Sarah & Jess xoxo

Posted by BlackNels 18:35 Archived in New Zealand Tagged island south

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Hello you two! Verge has been commenting for me on my behalf but now I just figured out how to do this myself. Jess I saw your Mom today, we discussed the sky diving and really wished we had a photo of that experience but then as we were talking about everything else you guys were doing we figured we just need many more photos of everything! I'm living through your comments and photos... all are so great keep them coming! Your Mom, Granny and I went to tea in beautiful downtown Erin this afternoon. Your Dad babysat Twister and Maegan's girls. Kipton looks great your Mom says he has been telling her that he is looking forward to his beach time in Sanibel. Wish I could spend a day in one of your backpacks...what an experience of a life time! Be safe!Keep your eyes peeled for the Great white Sharks on the Barrier Reef.
Love Janet xo (alias JLB)

by JLB

Hello Ladies!

First of all, I cannot believe you have been gone for 23 days! Time really flies. Sounds like you are having an amazing time, seeing some beautiful sights and finding some great extreme sports. Skydiving! Good for you :) I bet it was a great way to see the landscape (once the chute opened.... because it isn't possible to see much before that?? haha).

Keep the updates coming. You are inspiring me to develop new travel plans for myself and Matt :)

I am currently working on a First Nations reserve in Ontario for Right to Play. It's going well, keeps me busy but keeps me our of cell phone range and off of facebook. I'm meeting some awesome people and learning a lot about the culture.

Lots of Love! Stay safe :)

by Megan

AMAZING! I'm so pumped that you guys are living it up - looks like you've been having a blast! Miss you both and enjoy the rest of your travels :)

by Mel

Hi guys, reads like a lot of fun.

by richard blackmore

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