Ferg vs Frankie, Milford vs Dunedin
09.07.2010 - 15.07.2010 10 °C
We arrived in Queenstown and who should greet us with their very own bus for the day but Mike, Becca and the gang! Luckily we were all staying at the same hostel for the night. Turns out it was 'karaoke for free beer' night so we gave that a go, Adam being forced into singing 'Delilah' by Tom Jones with Welsh Mike, he didn't have a clue what he was singing! We discovered on our first night that you can go out in Queenstown, get drunk and not spend a penny. All we had to do was walk into the bar, say 'I like you teapots' and we got free drinks, nice! The next day we met up with everyone for Sunday lunch (we are well and truly splashing the cash now) and then went up the gondola in QT to do some lugeing. Yep more lugeing. Ever since Singapore Adam has become obsessed with it, we've found the only place left in the world we've yet to do it is Canada...It was pretty amusing this time however as Adam finally got beaten (not by me unfortuately). In the evening we met up with Leah and Laura to say goodbye before they left for Oz. We also tried the legendary Fergburger that EVERYONE who's been to QT raves about. I wish I could say the same but if you've experienced a Chili's burger like we have you never go back...Personally I wanted to try the Frankie's burger that was down the road but no-one else was keen.
As we had about a week in QT and realised there wasn't all that much to do there we decided to go on a road trip with Becca and Mike for a couple of days down to the bottom of New Zealand in our hired car 'el cheapo'. We headed down to Invercargill (supposedly a chav town but we didn't hang around long enough to find out), and then across to The Catlins. We stopped at a place called Curio Bay and had a look for a place to stay for the night. We quickly discovered that all the hostels we checked out had no-one in them and were all unlocked. They all just had a note on the table saying 'If you want to stay here give us a ring'. This is what I love about New Zealand! So we picked a lovely hostel which was really a house that we had to ourselves for the night, apart form two cats! Before it got dark we quickly headed down to a place called 'fossilized forest' in the sea (a prehistoric forest you can only see when the tides out that dates back to the Jurassic period - bit of info for you), to see the rare 'yellow eyed' penguins come in from the sea. It was amazing to watch them, you could see that they were all in pairs and going back to their nests for the night!
The next day we got up early and headed straight for Te Anau, the town before Milford Sound. We were initially debating between Milford Sound and a city called Dunedin. As we drove into Milford we couldn't believe we almost didn't come because it was an absolutely amazing drive in. We were surrouded by mountains and the scenery was breathtaking. Once we got to Milford Sound we booked a cruise and saw more amazing scenery, we also saw seals and a dolphin that followed our boat the whole time. If you ever come to New Zealand you have to go to Milford Sound, apparently it is in the running to be the 8th natural wonder of the world so to miss it would be a shame! That evening we chilled out in Te Anau and then drove back to QT the following morning ready to get back on the big green bus.