Sunday, January 30, 2005

made it to queenstown

right we have done almost 2000 miles in the wheels of steel, with only one major mechanical fault, but i will get to that.

so what have we done?

19/1 got to rotorua and went straight to the luge. top fun, riding down the mountain side on a small 3 wheel cart.

20/1 tried to leave rotorua, but the toyota had other ideas. steam was rising, but not out of the sulphur geezas. out of a crack in the radiator. so a quick call to the AA got us towed back to rotorua. so we had to stay another night while it was fixed.

21/1 managed to get to taupo (biggest lake in NZ) where emily, dan and justine jumped out of a plane at 12000 feet. unfortunaly the people said that the bear was too good looking to risk jumping. so i sat in the cafe, eating pies. (14kg to loose, if i want to do it!!!)

22/1 did the Tongariro Crossing. a 17km walk over volcanoes (Mt. Doom from Lord of the rings). very tiring, but good fun. stopped in the middle of nowhere and eat in a "locals" pub that night.

23/1 arrived in wellington, our new home, in rain!!!! doh. the only cloudy place in NZ so far. there was a massive outdoor extreme sports fest. on. lots of top resturants, bars and shopping there.

24/1 went to the NZ museum, then got the Lynx ferry to picton and drove to Nelson. Picton is amazing and the drive over the mountains was ace, if a bit hairy.

25/1 did the able tasman walk in some mad heat.

stay in touch for more info.......

ben and em

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