So we are now in the South Island! The ferry ride was pretty impressive – and we had such a bright blue day for it after some wet and windy ones in Wellington!
Once in Picton on the South Island we headed through the famous wine region of Marlborough. Lots and lots of vineyards! We got to do some wine tasting of the local produce and bought a lovely Sauvignon Blanc for only $10!
That evening we arrived at our hostel on the edge of Abel Tasman national park right on the beach! We got our own little pod to stay in with views out to the beach and nothing around for miles. It was great to see some of NZ’s coast line and the weather whilst we were there was amazing. We spent the day exploring the coast and even sun bathing!
Our trip took us along the west coast and along some impressive coastal roads. This drive has recently been rated by lonely planet as one of the top ten best costal drives in the world! We arrived at Punakaki and stayed in a hostel right in the middle of the bush. That night was fireworks and a few guys from the bus put on a small firework display on the beach!
The next morning we opted to do some bone carving. We were picked up at 8am by a lady in a van and she drove us to her house – a few sheds in the bush. Her and her daughter showed us how to take a square piece of beef shin bone and trace a design onto it. We then used saws, electric sanders and drills to carve or necklaces. They turned out great and Kels and I made our necklaces for each other and switched at the end! There were 2 manic dogs that lived there as well as a baby chicken – she spent most of the time on the work bench eating pumpkin while we carved!
Now we are in Franz Josef and this morning we caught a helicopter to the glacier. The ride was amazing and it landed right on the ice. The next 3 hours we explored the ice – climbing up with hand ropes, stepping over huge drops, crawling through holes and squeezing along crevices. They gave us crampons and protective clothing, though the weather here is incredible and we were very warm!
Later we might visit the hot pools and treating ourselves to a meal out. Lake Wanaka tomorrow for one night and then Queenstown!
Love to everyone xxxx