Our weekend down south

We set off around midday down to Dunedin and tweedy had kindly volunteered to drive first, so the rest of us pretty much fell asleep straight away! The great thing about NZ is that there only really seems to be one road that gets you to each place, so you don’t really need to worry about directions or getting lost! Mobs had gone in Petes car so he wasn’t by himself which meant that Karen and I could stretch out in the back!

We arrived into Dunedin early afternoon and headed straight for our accommodation. As it was Easter weekend EVERYTHING was fully booked so luckily we had managed to find a hotel/apartment style place that had 2 double rooms left. This meant that we somehow had to try and sneak the other 2 in. Luckily, as it was Easter weekend, the receptionist left at 4pm so by the time we had checked in and lugged in all the bags she was gone!

We got settled and tweedy and charlie had spotted a nandos on the way in so we went and had dinner there. Once we were done an had made contact with the other girls we got ready for the rugby! Dunedin is a huge student town and the rugby there is always a massive event so we had pre booked tickets. Sadly it wasn’t an international match but we were excited all the same. We met the other girls and followed the crowd to the match.

We were watching the highlanders, which were the local team, against the reds, which were an Aussie team. As it didn’t make a difference to us who won we decided to support the locals, as according to mobs they were due a win soon! The match was so much fun, even though the highlanders lost. It was defiantly a highlight of our trip. Once the game was done we headed to the octagon in town as this was supposedly where everyone goes out. Again because the stupid Easter weekend rule everything had to shut at midnight. So we had a couple of drinks in one of the bars before heading over to where Ella, Sophie and rosy were saying. The downstairs part of there hostel was a huge snooker hall, so we went there and carried on drinking whilst attempting to play! After a variety of different matches we headed home, once again stopping at McDonald’s on the way!

The next day we had a bit of a liein and the others got nandos for lunch! Then we went over to Cadburys world, something mobs and I had been looking forward too since we decided to go to Dunedin! Ella, Sophie and rosy were supposed to leave that morning on there bus but as they weren’t having the best time and Pete had a practically empty car they decided to stay with us instead!

Because it was the weekend the factory was closed but we were still able to go on a great tour. As soon as we went in we met our guide who was a crazy old NZ man who had spent a lot of time in the uk. We each got a goodie bag that had some on NZ most popular Cadburys treats in it. The chocolate in NZ is very different to the uk, I think it has something to do with the milk or sugar, but ours is way better! They also love marshmallows in NZ and lots of the Cadburys chocolate bars have marshmallows in them, which seemed very bizarre to us!

We watched a short video about the tour and this history of Cadburys in NZ and then we set off. We started outside looking at 2 old Cadburys delivery trucks which supposedly still work! The whole way round our guide was asking us questions and who ever gave the right answer got more chocolate! Next we watched another short video about how they make jaffas. Jaffas are not Jaffa cakes like I thought! They are a NZ thing, they are similar to a smartie but more circular and are only orange. Next we started to climb one of the Cadbury towers. The walls inside the tower were covered with old chocolate and all you could smell was chocolate, it was my heaven! When we got to the top our guide pressed a button and suddenly there was a huge chocolate waterfall in front of us. It was awesome! When we came back out we were given samples of melted chocolate to try which were sooooooooo good! When our tour was done we all stocked up on cheap chocolate and Karen even tried the Cadburys chocolate cola, it wasn’t very nice!

When we were done we went back and got the cars and went on a hunt to try and find some penguins and seals. After driving round for a while we eventually found the seal beach. We starts strolling up the beach when we saw a family walking the opposite way to us, we asked if they had seen any seals but they said no, there weren’t any. We carried on down the beach anyway. When we got to the very end of the beach, we were about to turn around and come back when luckily rosy looked round a huge rock and found 2 massive sleeping sea lions! We were all so amazed that we had found them and that we were so close to them! We all started taking pictures when one of the sea lions woke up, and wasn’t very happy about us being there. The good thing about sea lions is that when they are on land they are very slow and there isnt much they can do but growl at you and try to charge. We quickly got the hint and started to back away. We headed back to the cars, amazed by what we had seen and set off for penguin beach. After a short drive we were there but the car park for the beach was miles away on top of a really high cliff, so getting down to the beach would take about half an hour. We decided against it and instead headed back to where the girls were staying for a big group dinner, mainly cooked by Ella. Once we’d eaten we played more pool and then headed back to our place to watch movies.

The next morning we were up super early to start the drive to Milford sound. It was my turn to drive so after we packed everything in we were off. Luckily the day before charlie had brought an aux cable so that we could listen to music through the stereo as you get no radio reception at all! I drove for a few hours along pretty much the same round until we stopped for lunch. Then charlie an I switched and he drove most of the rest of the way to Milford. We made it just in time for our cruse after mobs tried to collect what he thought was fresh spring water, turned out to have stuff floating in it and no one drank it!

The cruse was amazing and Milford sound was so beautiful. It rained while we were there, but that’s very common, and in actual fact makes it more beautiful as the waterfalls are stronger. We saw tones of waterfalls and even a colony of seas which was really cool. As bloody usual I started feeling sea sick so had to sit inside for most of it, but I still had a great view.

On the way back it was Karen’s turn to drive. I love you Karen, but I have never been so scared in my life!! The roads are very windy down through Milford and I spent most of the journey clutching Charlie’s hand!! We got to we’re we we’re staying pretty late and as we had to be up early, decided to have a chilled one. We made dinner and played cards and who am I until we all called it a night.

The cars had too be back by 10am so we left at about 7 to make sure we had enough time. We arrived back in queens town with loads of time to spare, so we dropped all our stuff at our hostels and got some breakfast from the furg bakery. It wasn’t until Pete and the girls arrived that we heard how terrible there morning had been. Ella had left her phone at the hostel and on the drive back had got a speeding ticket. Everyone was pretty tired from our long weekend do we all went and napped. That evening was charlie and I’s last night in queens town so I thought it would be a nice idea if we went and had a nice meal, just the two of us. So charlie made a reservation at captains. We went down and had possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever had! To start we had muscles, then for main I had there award winning lamb (it was unreal!) and charlie and the fish special, and for pudding we had a white chocolate cheese cake, again unbelievable. I would 100% recommend it to anyone even near queens town, it was that good!

When we were done we went to meet the others at base to start pre drinking. When we checked into our room in nomads we also bumped into our old friend dustin so he came along too! After a while we headed down to the fat badger for goblets of beer! Milsey also came down to see us so we had a great group. Tweedy and Sophie weren’t feeling too well so they headed back after fat badgers while the rest of us web up to world bar AGAIN! Not long after we got in rosy was a tad too drunk so Ella took her home. The rest of the night is a bit of a blur as we ended up getting very drunk. All I remember is that we ended up getting yet ANOTHER furg burger before calling it a night at god knows what time!

The next morning charlie, dustin and I started the long arsed journey from queens town to Christchurch. All I’m going to say is it took 8hours and I was hung over. Not a good combo!
















Queens town

On our way into queens town we made a stop at the aj hacket bridge Bungy where we watched a short info video about aj hacket and all the different experiences they had to offer. Once it was finished we all had to pay for our bungys or canyon swings in advance, so there was no backing out from here! Charlie paid for his Nevis and somehow I got convinced to do the free style ledge jump over the whole of queens town, so I unwillingly paid for mine too!

Once we had all paid we were able to watch the people doing the bridge jump, one of them being our friend Helen. She was terrified and got talked into it just like me, so I felt for her. But she did it, and with no hesitation! She did t enjoy it much apparently but she was glad shed done it!

When everyone had jumped we carried on into queens town and took a huge group picture before started the long process of checking everyone into nomads. It was actually really lovely, the best hostel we had stayed in so far. Once we had dropped all our stuff off we found Caroline and were pleasantly surprised to also find out our other 2 friends george and Callum had managed to change there flight and we’re also still in queens town. We also found Casey too who we hadn’t seen since Auckland so that was lovely.

We headed over to world bar where we were going to be drinking that night to get our wristbands before taking a stroll around the town and also bumping into Millsy! He took us down to the lake where we chilled out before charlie hit a duck in the face while skimming stones, so we headed to get ready for our night out.

That night we started out at altitude bar attached to the base hostel. After our free shots and a few more drinks we headed over to world bar. They had a free bar tab going of up to a $1,000 so you can imagine it was madness! They also did really great cocktails that were served in tea pots which was cool. We stayed and parties the night away until charlie decided he wanted McDonald’s and so began his routine of getting a mc attack which is two big macs every night before we want home!

The next day was a bit of a right off for me due to my terrible hang over! However charlie, dan, adam and emma all had there Nevis Bungy jump. As its so high up you can’t go and watch so I spent most of the morning in bed recovering before helen and I got up and headed down to the lake as there was a small market going on so we wanted to check it out. We got quick massages which were lovely before bumping into dustin, George and Callum. Just as we bumped into them I got the call from charlie to say he had survived and was on his way back so Hellen and I thought it would be a nice idea to get them congratulation cup cakes from this cute shop we had found!

We found them in the Nevis store uploading there videos and pictures. We presented them with there cup cakes which they were very happy with before heading down to get a world famous ferg burger. We had herd so much about them and were all very excited to finally try one! The shop was busy but not too bad so we didn’t have to wait too long. The burger was AMAZING!! But also huge, I couldn’t finish all of mine in one go! As it was still early afternoon we decided to go luging so we went back to nomads to book our tickets and then went straight up. As the luging track is so high up you have to get a gondola up. The view was unreal. You could see for miles, you could look out over all the town, see the whole of the lake and see where it met the mountains. It was so beautiful. We got to the top and grabbed helmets and went onto the track. Now the best way to describe luging is that it’s like go carting but without the engine. You have to pull the handle bars towards you a little bit to release the breaks, and pull them all the way towards you to break properly. It was great fun and you go a hell of a lot faster then you would think! We had a great time and had loads of races before heading back down!

That evening as we were all so shattered from our day of activities we decided to have a night in, we were going to go to the cinema, but there wasn’t a film that we all wanted to see and nomads had a cinema room so we decided to save some money and stay in instead.

The next day the boys had decided to watch the lord of the rings trilogy so we had a very chilled day. It was also the day that the rest of our group that we left behind arrived! So mid afternoon we were all reunited again! And in true kiwi bus style we started planning our night out! As it was Helen’s birthday soon some of us decided we should go to ice bar to start the night off. As we booked the tickets on bookme.co.nz there were only a couple of spaces, so it ended up being me, charlie, Casey, dan and helen.

We started off drinking in the hostel with everyone until 9pm when we were told we had to stop. In usual youth style, when told not to do something we did the opposite, so we all headed to matt’s room to carry on drinking. Casey an I ducked out to go to the bathroom and the next thing we knew it was all kicking off! Turns out one of the receptionist had caught everyone drinking and was screaming at Matt. One thing lead to another and before we knew it Matt was being thrown out and told he was no longer aloud to stay at nomads. It was all very crazy and not something that could be sorted with everyone fairly drunk. So we all left and tried to forget what had happened!

Everyone else headed over to world bar while charlie and the rest of us web to the ice bar. God knows why but that night I had decided to go out in shorts…to an ice bar! I was bloody freezing, but the bar was awesome! Your only really able to stay for an hour as its so cold and I think in the end we stayed for less but we had a great time! Charlie found a penguin costume while we were putting our coats on so he obviously put it on and wore it for most of the evening! Inside they had an ice hockey table, an ice chandelier and an ice photo booth! It was great! Very quickly though I got super cold so thought it would be a great idea to put on a coat as trouser! I looked insane, but it worked!

Once we were done at the ice bar we went over to meet everyone else at world bar and again partied hard! I don’t know what time we left all I know is as usual charlie polished off two big macs and a cheese burger this time!

Again the next day was a bit of a write off as everyone was so hung over! Neither charlie or I can remember what we got up which shows it can’t have been that eventful! That night as we were no longer aloud to drink in the hostel everyone went down to the river instead. It was really cold in the evenings as it was starting to get into autumn in new Zealand so we didn’t stay long and decided to attempt an early night especially as I had my canyon swing the next day!

The next morning we weren’t up too early as my continent swing was at about midday. Emma and I were doing it together so we grabbed our stuff and made our way down to their shop in town. When we arrived we checked in and were weighed, there were 3 other girls also doing it with us so once everyone was done we hopped in the car to do the short drive to the site. On the way we watched a video showing all the different ways you are able to do the swing. I had already made my mind up that I wanted to do the slide. When we got there we all got harnessed up and took it in turns. Emma went first and god know why but she decided to lie flat in the air and drop like that! I screamed for her while watching it! Next it was my go so they set up the slide. I was sat on the edge and they were chatting away with me which was freaking me out as you never know if they are just going to push you off! After a min or so they said it was time to go and I was pretty much frozen to the spot so they had to pretty much push me! But once I was of it was amazing! You free fall for what feels like forever, and falling over the canyon means you drop so much further! All in all it was amazing! And I was very tempted to do it again but decided against due to money. So we all headed back after buying our pictures and charlie came to meet me to watch my video!

While we were there charlie found out that milsey had been able to get us a really good discount for the shot over jet as his friend worked there and they had 2 spaces left if we went right now. So we ran straight over and jumped in the car that takes you down to the canyon, which was actually where I’d just done my canyon swing over, only this time we were getting in a boat! We got there and put on the really attractive water proof jackets provided before jumping in the boat. The boat is equips with 2 special water jets that makes the boat go so fast. We started off down the river and soon enough we were doing 360degree turns and getting super close to the surrounding rock walls. We were in the boat for about 20mins and was good fun. We were super lucky that we had got the discount though as if we had paid full price I wouldn’t have been that impressed!

When we got back we were both super hungry a we hadn’t really eaten much that day, so we went to a great sushi restaurant in town and grabbed some dinner. While we were eating we bumped into some of the girls and made some plans for later. We all got ready an layered up this time as we were pre drinking by the lake again. We all went down and started playing drinking games when all pod a sudden some crazy guy started shinning these lights on one of our friends pippa. Apparently it was light healing, something to do with different coloured lights doing different things. He wasn’t charging anyone so we all had a go! I don’t think it did much but we humoured him and sat there for a while before heading back to the hostel to drop our extra layers off and heading out! I planned on not getting too drunk as I had my Bungy jump the next day, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out as planned. Ended up getting very drunk and didn’t get home till super late.

The next morning I had to get up to do my Bungy and it’s safe to say I could think of nothing worse!! I was so hung over and just didn’t want to go. We had decided that as it was up where the living was and we were going to have to buy a gondola ticket anyway we may as well go luging again. We had to pretty much run all the way down with the girls as we were now running late which very much didn’t help my hangover! We got to the top and I started freaking out. I just saw how high it was and felt sick. It’s strange because when I did the canyon swing it was higher, much higher, and I was fine. I guess this was because I had to actually jump, there was no one there to push me. The lovely lady at reception tried to give me a sympathetic pep talk while she weighed me but it didnt help. I did the walk down to the platform and just felt worse and worse. I really didn’t think I could do it. I got harnessed up and just started feeling worse and worse. Soon enough it was time to jump and I just froze. I physically couldn’t move. The guy on the platform clearly saw stuff like this all the time so didn’t have a huge amount of sympathy and just said if you don’t want to do it I’ll take off your harness and let the guys behind go, otherwise you need to go now. I don’t know what changed but I started to run, then paused, then carried on and ran off the edge! It was horrible, I cried and hated it!! But soon enough it was over. I was nearly sick when I got back up, not sure if that was from the hang over or the nerves. We went into the cafe at the top to get something to eat and try and settle me before going luging again. Luging was great fun again. I fell out my cart this time because I was going too quick!

On our way down from luging we bumped into the others all playing mini golf in the sun and decided to join them. Charlie kicked my arse even with me cheating, so that tells just how terrible I am! Half way though our game we heard some one shout Charlie’s name, and low and behold it was milsey and his girlfriend who’s name is also brooke, very strange! So they joined in too and offered to have charlie an I over for dinner at there place later. So we made arraignments and finished our games. Once everyone was done we headed into town with mobs, Karen and tweedy to hire a car for the weekend so we could head down to Dunedin and Milford sound. After traipsing round different companies we found one and got it booked. Then we grabbed another furg burger and went down to the lake to sit in the sun and organise stuff for our weekend trip!

We chilled for a bit longer before making our way over to milsey and Brooke’s place. It was just outside of queens town so we jumped on the bus to get there. It’s amazing how much nicer/helpful bus drivers are in NZ! We got to there place fairly quickly and dinner was pretty much ready when we arrived. It was so nice to have home cooked food again as we had been living pretty much on pasta since we had got to NZ! We had a lovely chilled evening catching up and when we were done milsey dropped us back. It was also our lovely friend Caseys last night 😦 so rather than heading straight home we came out for a couple of drinks to say goodbye.

Thursday was pretty much everyone’s last day together as people were either heading further north or further south like us. It was also a really beautiful day so most of us put on our swimming costumes and headed down to the lake to sunbath. Again it was a nice chilled day and we didn’t really get up to a great deal. That night a it was everyone’s last night Ella had booked a table at a nice restaurant and we all went and had our last supper! It was a lovely evening and a really nice way to say goodbye. Afterwards everyone headed down to the lake to pre drink before going out. As Friday was the start of the Easter weekend, for some bizarre reason all the pubs and clubs shut at midnight. I wasn’t feeling too great so called it a night early but charlie stayed out and had a good time.

The next morning we all had to say our sad fair wells as there were only 9 of us heading down to Dunedin for the weekend, Ella, rosy and Sophie had it included in there bus ticket so they left before us, and Pete had decided to hire his own car. So we picked up the cars, stuffed everything we owned into them said our goodbyes and set off.