20.06.2008 11 °C
Hey everyone, hope you're all well? The last few days have been awesome with many activites and alot of road tripping south! We left Rotorua and travelled to Taupo where me and the boys did quad biking in the mountains - it was absolutely amazing! The girls did skydiving - and there was no way I was going to try that! Afterwords we drove to River Valley next to Taihipe. We arrived at night so didn't get to see the scenery, but the next morning we were amazed. We were in a huge valley which had a river flow through it (hence the name) and it was here we did Category 5 White Water Rafting (cat. 6 is the highest) So.. as some of you are aware, I have two fears: deep water and leeches - this place had both in the same place. Hand on heart though, I absolutely loved it, despite it being 5/6 degrees celcius and sooooooo cold! Part of the rapids had a 2 and a half metre drop! I'm very glad I did it in the end!
Next day we drove to Wellington and got the ferry to Picton. I met a mad swearing scots-man on the ferry - he was Scotland personified, and the boys had no idea what he was talking about, quite funny. So 3 and half hours later we arrived on the south island in a little eery town called Picton. There's been a lot of mist around so it looked like the 'Silent Hill' movie at night! Slept the night in a car park and woke up to a gorgeous harbour with mountains and blue skys - lovely!! So that was today (it's quite difficult remembering everything we've done!) So.. we left Picton today and drove through the mountains to Westport and as it's my birthday (now) we're staying in a little lodge by the beach. We managed to do a washing, and the boys cooked a beef stir-fry with noodles. I went out to get my washing, came back in, and they had the candles lit and lots of balloons everywhere! This site has WiFi access too, so everyones been on my laptop uploading their photos to Facebook etc. Hence, this post has a few photos!! (You lucky folk!!)
Tomorrow, as it's my birthday, we might go quad biking again, but we might go on a caving expedition somewhere. There's so much to do in the South Island so we have a lot more time to do things and spend in places, so hopefully we won't be rushing away from places too much!
I can't believe we've been here nearly a week, time is flying by so quickly!
There's a little bit of talk about going to Bangkok for a few days after Sydney as supposedly it's dirt cheap and our flight goes via Thailand anyway, but that's just a suggestion and depends entirely on everyones money situation!!
So.... I think that's a long enough update!! Hope you're all well..
Here's some photies...
God Bless x