Lebanon Valley College Study Abroad

The End of South Island

Day 8:

We head to the incredibly beautiful Milford Sound for a morning cruise. While we were there we took a look around the area and even got to take a long hike on the Routeburn Track.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Waterfalls in Milford Sound

Waterfalls in Milford Sound

the view from Routeburn Track

the view from Routeburn Track

The top of the Routeburn Track

The top of the Routeburn Track

Day 9:

Arrive in Queenstown! Spend the day exploring the town and scheduling activities and then headed to the ice bar, Sub 0, in the evening.

 

The group in Sub 0, ice bar

The group in Sub 0, ice bar

 

The drinks, served in ice cups

The drinks, served in ice cups

 

ice chandelier

ice chandelier

 

Day 10:

Got the amazing opportunity to do the Shotover Canyon Swing, aka the highest cliff swing in the world. Beautiful canyon and an absolute adrenaline rush! Check out the link below to see the different kinds of jumping styles and have an opportunity to see what it’s all about! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something extreme to try!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuXT6TAvoaE

I jumped solo both times I went and did backwards and gimp boy goes to Hollywood styles.

We also had the chance to eat at Fergburger while in Queenstown. Huge and delicious hamburgers with condiments unique to the Fergburger!

Day 11:

A cold and rainy morning is what we wake up to on the day we were hiking Fox Glacier. What was bound to be an amazing experience didn’t get off to a great start, but once we started hiking it all clicked that I actually had the opportunity to hike a glacier. It’s something incredibly unique and an event I am happy to look back on and know I did.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Tori and I on a cold, rainy day on Fox Glacier

Tori and I on a cold, rainy day on Fox Glacier

Day 12:

Today we were able to do some shopping in Hokitika, the jade capital of the world. We were able to pick out some amazing jewelry pieces for our family members and bought pieces from a man who makes his own jewelry. He picks out the jade rocks, polishes them, and then carves them into jewelry pieces and other pieces of artwork. He was even hired by the US Navy to make necklaces for our sailors! Amazing opportunity and unique pieces!

We then made a pit stop in Punakaiki to see the pancake rocks.

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Finally we made it to our final stop of the day, just outside of Nelson. We stayed with an amazing family, Wendy and Blue, who gave us a taste of home when we were on the road for so long. We had a great time staying with them and we were incredibly lucky and thankful to have them open their home to us.

Day 13:

Today we got to kayak the Abel Tasman! Beautiful area and fun experience!

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

kayaking

kayaking

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Day 14:

See the geological center of New Zealand, just outside of Nelson. Then, drive to Hanmer Springs to stay the night.

 

the view from the center of NZ

the view from the center of NZ

 

Day 15:

Spend some time walking around the quaint town of Hanmer Springs and then back on the road again to Christchurch to return our camper.

Day 16:

We were up early for our last day in the South Island, catching a flight from Christchurch to Auckland. Once we got back to the capital city, we spent the day walking around and taking in the country’s busiest and largest city, but don’t get confused, it’s nothing like New York City. After dropping off our luggage with Ashley, our kiwi friend who lives in Auckland, we all headed out to enjoy the city. After a long last day, we took our last bus back to Hamilton where we finally were able to be home! It was an absolutely incredibly journey and I was fortunate enough to spend those two weeks with a great group of people.

Matt, Me, and Tori from the top of the Skytower

Matt, Me, and Tori from the top of the Skytower

We even got to see a protest!

We even got to see a protest!

Auckland's Skytower at night

Auckland’s Skytower at night

 

 

Category: New Zealand