Happy New Year!!
Sunburnt and half bald… This is how I am greeting the new year… But also travelling to new places and appreciating those I love.
I woke yesterday feeling that I was putting the patterns of my life back together. I woke this morning remembering that home is not a place, but the people who live in my heart.
I’m leaving a piece of my heart in every place we visit in NZ. I could live here. I could own a boat! The lake is truly breathtaking. The mountains. The people.
So we quickly, and firmly, established the child would not even consider bungy, canyon swing, sky diving or paragliding… I even tried bribing with money! What teen doesn’t respond to money or food?!? But alas… No way in hell, was the response… Not even the scariest haunted house in the Southern Hemisphere…
We took a 360 speedboat up through the lake and up the shot over river. Glacier water is great for the skin so I’ve been told… But the temperature is not so great for the sanity! Take a hair tie!! This is my advice… And sunscreen Another piece of my heart left up that lake though. Mesmerising. Breathtaking. Just…
On the way back to the hotel, we discovered an Ice Bar! Another tick for that Bucket List 😉
Then finally… New Years!!
A line up of bands we’d never heard of, but enjoyed 🙂 we were there in time for Versificator and Mojo. NZers it seems, have a favourite song – Wagon Wheel?!? I think I may have heard it once – very C & W… That’s what we heard the year out with… Not my first choice… Not my choice at all! 😉 But we did enjoy the bands 🙂
Mojo and a countdown:
A gorgeous way to see 2015 out! It seems the teen can’t handle the crowds though because then we were out of there! 😂
Then driving on to Dunedin, Moeraki Boulders and Oamaru…
I’m loving the NZ safety radio messages (but not the intermittent radio service!!)… Drive safely, don’t ruin someone else’s life… I know you want to keep your baby close, but keep them in the back seat…
I feel like we’re moving too fast… I want to go back and undo the organisation. I almost didn’t book accommodation until we arrived… But given the time of year… Glad I did! Twice so far they’ve double booked us and had to do some crazy scrambling to find us other accommodation. NZ is decidedly booked out at this time of year! But we are skimming… I want to stop and see and experience. I want to hike. I want to climb. I want to take the road less travelled.
17000 steps and 75 flights of stairs, according to the Fitbit on the teen’s arm. Add an unknown number of driven kilometres. That was yesterday’s adventure! Not a lot according to many, but enough of an adventure to make us sleep well 😉
Another hotel room to wake in… I feel like I should be writing a song rather than a recount…
Loving the adventure with the child. This will be our last before she is an adult, so our last for quite some time I imagine. She has one year of school left… Then her thoughts and focus will be firmly on her friendships… They already are for the most part…
So, yesterday was shopping for jade – these ones are my own favourite and a gift from the child 🙂
Hokitika Gorge was first on the list. Driving in NZ, the thing that strikes me is the mountains. They’re like blobs of PlayDough dumped on the island. In Oz, our mountains tend to creep up on us and you find yourself within them without realising.
The Gorge… The pics just don’t capture the colours. Brilliant turquoise water – the result of melted glacier, rock flour and something else… Pretty sure I know a geologist who will fill in that blank 😉 but the colours… Breathtaking! As simple and as cliched as that.
We didn’t book a helihike because we were told there are no guarantees. Wait until you are there and book it, because the weather can change quickly… Everything is booked out because it is the Christmas season!!
So…. We hiked to Franz Josef. Within 250 metres of a glacier is NOT even remotely close to walking ON a glacier… Yet another reason to return… Or maybe I will add hiking on a glacier to my South America trip… Whenever that happens… No longer next year for the olympics!
On to Queenstown today 🙂
With this part of the world 😉
I’m not as taken with the amazing coastline as I was promised – but perhaps that is simply because I am spoiled with a stunning coastline in my own neck of the woods…
But I am loving the people and the outlook on life, and I am loving Hokitika!
I love these two pics:
But I have fallen in love with this section of the coast in particular. I could live here… More importantly, I could afford to live here!! 😂