11.08.2014 - 13.08.2014
We arrived to our nice log cabin with an open fire in Lake Tekapo just before sunset and the views were amazing. Our after dinner entertainment turned out pretty cold for the boys - lesson learnt: girls are much better at strip poke, especially when there's a risk of being shut outside in sub-zero temperatures! We went for a nice night walk up a forest track to get a good view of the stars. Unfortunately by the time we got to the top the clouds pretty much ruined the view but we enjoyed out stroll back along the beach to the hostel as the snowflakes started to fall. By the time we woke up the snow had got pretty heavy so we set off on the way to Queenstown with fingers crossed that all the roads would be open and passable. Luckily Kiwis are a lot better at clearing the roads than Brits and we had a pretty good run through. The Aussies on our tour were also very excited by their first sight of snow.
Lauren had been complaining that she wanted more adrenaline so Si surprised us by booking our Canyon Swing for the afternoon we arrived in Queenstown. The Canyon Swing basically involves jumping off a 109m cliff into a canyon in one of various styles of escalating scariness, free falling 80m and then swinging through the canyon. Ash started off by "flying off backwards with style" in his own words, and then did an upside down jump where the guys hang you upside down over the canyon and then let you go. Lauren and Kate both did a forwards jump and the upside down jump. We all agreed it was the scariest thing so far, but definitely the most fun! The swing workers have one of the best jobs in Queenstown as they spend the whole day winding up the jumpers and trying to freak them out. We went for dinner in the famous Fergburger and Ash attractively ate the biggest burger they sold! The next day we explored Queenstown a bit (after yet another cancelled skydive) and then took the gondola up the mountain to go luging at the top which was great fun! Lauren would like to add she won! That night we went on a great free bar crawl, the first bar gave us free pizza, beer and shots. Stupidly they left the bottle of black sambuca next to Ash! Some of our tour group won some luge prizes which they gave to us for when we return to Queenstown, Carla won hers playing killer pool and Alex won by stripping in the ice bar (which we got free entry to!). Lauren and Kate made it back to Buffalo, the original starting bar, but Ash went missing! Luckily, thanks to his beacon red coat, one of the older ladies on our tour found him wandering the streets in the opposite direction to the hostel and walked him home! Queenstown is definitely a great place for a night out, none of us even bought a single drink!