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Christchurch – bye bye NZ

So we’ve come to the end of our New Zealand trip now and finished it with a few nights in Christchurch. We were surprised to see that there is still so much work to do here since the earthquakes over 2 years ago – still many damaged buildings but lots of construction work going on too. 

 
The shopping area in the main city centre (Re:Start) is made from brightly coloured shipping containers. There are quite a few different ‘pop up’ art installations and areas over the city, some have been built by volunteers to add a bit of colour back to Christchurch whilst all the work is being done. 
 
Our hostel (The Old Countryhouse) is amazing! So clean with lovely gardens and a hot tub and sauna! The owner’s dog Max has also made an appearance which has kept Cordelia happy! 🙂
 
Our flight to Bangkok leaves in a few hours and we’re ready for the next and final part of our trip. We’ve had an amazing time travelling with Stray and being in such a beautiful country. We’ll miss everyone we have met but it’s time for the sun and sand of Thailand.
 
Lots of love xxx

Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Rangitata

Milford Sound was beautiful. It was a long drive (4 hours one way) and our bus driver was extremely chatty, but the scenery was some of the most stunning we have seen in NZ. When we arrived we went on a boat cruise around the Sound – towering cliffs and many waterfalls running into the ocean. At one point the skipper dove the front of the boat into a huge waterfall! We also saw some super cute fur seals lounging around the rocks. We were lucky as Milford Sound is one of the rainiest places in NZ, but we had a day of brilliant sunshine. 

 
The next day we left Queenstown and went to Mt Cook. Our hostel was in a tiny village in a valley surrounded by huge mountains. We went on a 2 hour hike with our Stray buddies and bus driver, Postie, before relaxing back at the hostel. 
 
After one night we drove to Rangitata. Cordelia went on a horse trek (yay) but Kels sat out of this one after our last horse ride..! Then we spent the afternoon playing Articulate and card games, and the evening having a few drinks to celebrate the end of our stray adventure…
 

Lake Wanaka and queenstown

We wrote this a few days ago now –

Lake Wanaka was beautiful. We spent our evening having a picnic and wine by the lake. The next morning we walked to Puzzling World – a place full of illusions, puzzles and mazes. We were in fits of laughter more than once and had a very fun morning here! 

 
Next we drove to Queenstown and we love it! A cool town with snow capped mountains and a lake as the back drop. Our hostel looks right out over the water. We had a night out here with our stray buddies and went to a few cool bars with roaring fires. The next morning we were driven up to the AJ Hackett  Bungy site – dont  worry  we weren’t  brave enough to jump off! Instead we had a ride on the zip line which was a lot of fun. Watching the jumpers was rather scary! We also tried one of the infamous fergburgers – a burger place which always has a massive queue whatever time of day – and we weren’t disappointed! They were absolutely huge and delicious 🙂
 
This morning we went on a hike up Queenstown hill and tomorrow we are going on a day trip to Milford Sound which is meant to be spectacular 🙂
 
We heart NZ!