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.
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.
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!
We have had a great few days in windy Wellington! We visited the renowned Te Papa museum of NZ and learnt heaps about volcanoes, earthquakes, Maori, and the extinct birds of NZ. We also went on the cable car to the planetarium and had our minds blown over the vastness of space! Spent Halloween with some hostel buddies in a few quirky bars listening to great live music – Cuba St and Courtenay Place are full of cool hipster bars. Our costumes consisted of scary eye make up and some $1 flashing skull head boppers! We’ve really enjoyed stopping here and ready for our ferry ride and the South Island early tomorrow morning 🙂