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Picton, Nelson

and a couple of ghost towns...

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Our North Island experience has come to an end and we headed on the ferry over to the south Island. We were very much looking forward to this as people had been telling us it is the better island and our first views of it were spectacular with snow capped mountains. Our first stop was picton from where we did a nice little walk up a hill and you got to see how spectacular the Malborough Sounds are. This is pretty much the sort of thing we will be seeing for the next 4 weeks. Our hostel in picton was good and offered us FREE Chocolate Pudding EVERY night. It was a good thing we only stayed there a few nights as it was gorgeous and we would have packed on the pounds. To try and help us we decided to do a little Yoga one morning. It was a good experience and we are both thinking of taking it up when we get home. I basically liked the last 20 minutes where you got to lay down and sleep to recover!! Very fun. In the afternoon it was off on the Wine tasting tour. We went to 4 different winerys, all of which were very nice and i found a nice wine that i actually like, mainly because it was very sweet. We both got a bit tipsy and by the end i had definately had enough wine (im not the biggest fan of wine, but Anna had used the Horror of the Waitomo caves to make me go!!!) and we headed back to the hostel for more Choc pudding. After Picton we headed to Nelson, another small town and the gateway to the Abel Tasman National park. We checked into the smallest hostel we had seen, 12 beds in total, called Shortbread. On our pillows was, yes you guessed it, shortbread which was really nice. This hostel was a little strange as there wasn't really anyone in charge and we just walked in a chose our own room and not seeing the manager till 10:30pm. Even then he didn't ask for any money!! The weather in Nelson wasn't looking that good so we decided not to do a Kayaking tour and instead go for a walking tour. We didn't realise we had signed up for a 14k walk, up and down, and through the "Bush" so didnt get to see as much of the beautiful beaches as we thought!! However the weather did turn out to be amazing that day and we got to see lots of scenery and also our first glimps of Seals, which was awesome. That was about as much as we got upto in Nelson, although we stayed there for 4 days, we have been trying to go slowely so we dont have to spend too much time in Chirstchurch at the end. After Nelson we jumped back on the bus and headed for Westport. Here we had decided to do jet boating, as in Queenstown it costed twice the price and was for 20 minutes compared to 1 hour on the Buller River. We arrived in a little town outside Westport to get our waterproofs on. As you can see they were a little big for Anna, but definately needed as it was freezing. Once we was on the boat it got even colder as we went sooooo fast. The boat turns so fast which throws you about the boat and you miss the cliff edges by inches. On the way up the river our driver pulled up to a dead cow which had fallen in, nice. I wasn't quick enough to take a picture. Once we made it up the top of the river our driver advised us to put our cameras away as we would be getting a little wet......by doing 360's. What a rush that was and yes we got soaked. It didn't help that it was cold either. All in all it was awesome fun and a good experience. Once we had dried up we headed into Westport town centre (just like all town over here it was one steet!!!) We checked into our hostel, cooked dinner and headed out to mingle with the locals at a pub. We headed to bed early though as it was England V Germany at 2am and wanted a bit of Zzzz before getting up. What a waste that was as you all already know!! Useless. We only spent one night in Westport before heading off to the famous Poo Pub for the night. Before we got there we stopped for some amazing views along the West coast. There was also a seal colony and Pancake rocks (rocks that looked like pancakes stacked ontop of one another). From here it was off to the local town before the Poo pub to get our fancy dress costumes. The theme for the night was "What the F**K", very childish i know. I voted for something else, but was overruled. So basically we just went into the local Salvation Army and picked anything random. I chose and old ladies nighty, hat and old lady bag (using this with my superman top from OZ to make "The Super Old Bearded Lady") and Anna picked up stuff to be Super Cat. Very random as you can see from the pictures. With our costumes all ready we headed off to the poo pub which was literally in the middle of no where. It was also not the nicest place but it did have some very nice lakes which had snow capped mountains in the back ground. Also we managed to catch the very last minutes of a cool sunset and got some nice pictures. Once we were done exploring the surroundings we headed in for our Steak dinner (Anna opted for the Quiche). This steak was HUGE and took up nearly all the plate. It was really nice too and i was stuffed. Anna said her Quiche was good, but obviously did not compete with the steak. Once we were feed we all got into our costumes and drank the night away. In the morning, with sore heads, we headed off to Franz Joseph and some Glacier walking.

Posted by palmer830 00:28 Archived in New Zealand Tagged postcards

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