Monday, April 19, 2010

paraglidng in Queenstown

Before anyone can ask, no there are no pictures, cuz the guy decided to go and forget the camera just before lift off.
But - it was amazing! I think I want to learn how to paraglide by myself. So at 10:30 this morning they picked me up from the hostel and we drove out of town about 20 km. up on top of a very steep hill we went, and then came running down again, and as we ran the wind lifted us up and off our feet. The actual air time was about 10 minutes, but the view was amazing, it's a very clear day today and the wind is pretty strong so it was a great ride. Then around 12:00 we headed back into Queenstown and I went back to the hostel to eat my marmite, plum jelly, and cracked pepper cheese sandwich.
Anyways, Joe is on a hike, the Routeburn track, with some guys we met in Invercargill. He is coming back this evening, and he has been gone since Sunday morning. I'm looking forward to seeing him again. :)
We will likely be leaving Queenstown tomorrow or the next day, heading for Franz Josef and then up the rest of the West Coast.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Here and there...

So we are finely hitting the bottom part of the south island!

Pics and such.

So we've been think that it might be more fun if we gave you all some info with these pics rather than just dumping tons of pictures onto the blog...
Hannah getting geared up for white water rafting!!!!
Look at that face!
All set to hit some 'sweet as!' rapids.
Beautiful lake wanaka.
Chilling by lake wanaka.
Little green river we past.
St. Paul's in Dunedin.
And the town hall.(If you notice it's always rainy here.)First church.

The train station.
(And my happy face right after getting a great deal on a great new pack!!)

Ya about that....?!?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dunedin - New backpacks, new beaches, new nightlife.

Hey everybody! Sorry there haven't been posts. There wasn't any wifi for a pretty decent stretch, plus we are lazy. haha. so first an overview/update of our latest adventures.
We went from Punakaiki back to Christchurch (New Brighton again), and from Christchurch to Geraldine (where much of Lord of the Rings - Helms Deep battle, etc. was filmed) where we worked at a white water rafting lodge. The first day we showed up they let us go on a 3 hour rafting trip. Absolute amazing and worth about 200.00, which we got for free!! Super nice host family, Tussock - former guide for rafting, now he runs the lodge, and his wife Alex, with their 3 children who we hung out with and taught how to make pizzas. After our week their, we caught the bus to Cromwell, a very small town in the middle of nowhere, well actually I think it's the Otago area, but anyways, next morning we went to Alexandra and then (same day) on to Roxburgh, where we worked at an apple orchard. We picked apples, packed apples, and did a bit of gardening, and woodcutting (mostly Joe of course, :P
We left this morning, (the 12th) and arrived in Dunedin around 1:30pm. We hit the grocery store and then on to our hostel. We plan to stay in Dunedin for a while, since it is a beautiful city and we are getting a little tired of moving around so much. This afternoon we went to a sporting goods store and finally purchased our hiker backpacks. 50 liter packs - black, both of them. unfortunately they only had one in stock (we both fell in love with the price and the look of the same pack) so we will be staying here at least until wednesday or thursday for the second pack to come in from Christchurch.
We will probably be making the loop down around the bottom of the South Island before heading up to the North Island. We hope to be on our way into the North Island by the end of April. It's getting quite cold and rainy on the South Island, but apparently it's still looking quite nice up on the North Island. :)
Anyways, Joe will shortly be posting a picture blog, so look out for that!

Love you all,