New Zealand: Part 2

Part 2 did not start off well, if I can give one piece of advice it is this: do not, under any circumstance, eat a chicken wrap from the airport. After being asleep for about 2 hours I woke up, and proceeded to vomit up my guts for the next 10 hours. Not fun. Tuesday’s adventures were slim, due to being sick as a dog, but we still managed to get some great photos. 

This photo was taken at Lake Ianthe, the crystal clear water was amazing, we hadn’t planned to stop here but just saw it on the way. We went to visit Franz Josef glacier later in the day, I didn’t make the walk all the way there as I could barely walk at this point, but Matt managed it and took some photos for me! 

We checked into our hotel, which was super nice compared to the night before, and had some time out for the rest of the night. We woke up to the most amazing sunrise, over the mountains at Haast. 

Wednesday we made the trek to the blue pools, the walk was only 15 minutes each way for the most beautiful view. The water was crystal clear and vibrant blue, you could even see the rainbow trout swimming in the water from over the bridge. This is a 10/10 must see if travelling the South Island. 

The drive down to Queenstown was absolutely stunning, driving through a mountain range, seeing the white capped mountains of Queenstown round every corner. It was definitely getting colder the closer we got. This is the most scenic drive we have experienced yet. The photo below is a scenic lookout on the way to Queenstown. 

We checked into our hotel, the doubletree by the Hilton, which was absolutely amazing, surprisingly this was the cheapest of our stays! Although I still wasn’t feeling up to scratch, we went up the gondola ride to the top of one of the mountains, we wanted to ride the luge as we had heard great things, but unfortunately it was closed by the time we got there 😕 the gondola ride was still an amazing sight, with shops and cafes up the top aswell. Getting back to the hotel and hopping into the bath was the best feeling after 2 long days. Remember to always leave time to relax! 

– Shaina 


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