In 2008, two friends and I took off 2.5 weeks of work in November....crazy, I know! I'm surprised a public accounting firm let me do that!
We flew to Christchurch, New Zealand on the South Island where we started our adventure. Side note: we spent MONTHS researching for this trip and training for the physical part of it. We were prepared!
We stayed in hostels in each city and LOVED it! New Zealand is one of the safest countries for travel so I highly recommend it. We stayed mostly in the "dorm room" sections with other travelers and we totally felt safe.
We rented a car and headed towards Wanaka. The roadtrip alone was beautiful! This is the ONLY time in my life that I've driven a car with the wheel on the right and on the left side of the road.
this is my awesome friend
Queenstown was our favorite city! The actual city was quaint, full of life, fun, and there were plenty of outdoor activities outside the city.
We went canyoning - possibly my favorite activity. Canyoning is basically just going into a canyon - usually a smaller one but really cool, and repelling down into it and following the river that flows inside of it.
It was a cold day so we wore wetsuits. Since the snow had been melting, we couldn't go to the planned route. It was making the rivers really high/fast and dangerous.
The one we did was amazing! It's what started my love for rock climbing. It rained the entire time but it was still a blast!
The photos were taken with a water-proof camera so they're blurry, but you can still see how cool it was. We repelled, climbed, jumped off waterfalls, slid down chutes...it was awesome!
I've got a blue vest on with a hat that says "Mork".
I'll leave off here for now. There are SO MANY cool things to share with you! Next, we did our three day hike to one of the most photographed places in the world....the Milford Sound. I'll be sharing Part 2 soon so come back!
I hope you enjoyed this! I want to go back now!
Some of my other trips:
Have a wonderful Tuesday!