Journals from New Zealand, University of Waikato
2011-08-31 south island holiday
Kia ora once again!
We have been in Aotearoa for two months now and everything is so amazing here. We have been enjoying our classes and we’ve worked our way through quite a few assignments and exams already. It is our mid-semester break and we have decided to explore the south island.
We started our two-week journey almost two weeks ago. On August 20th we boarded a nakedbus and left Hamilton. We rode the bus for about ten hours to find ourselves in Wellington, where we spent the night. The next morning we hopped onto the Bluebridge Ferry to sail across Pacific waters to the southern island. From Picton we boarded another nakedbus, this one taking us to Christchurch. From there, we headed through Lewis Pass to the western coast. We spent nights in Westport and Fox Glacier and found ourselves exploring the beaches during the days. We got to see the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki as well as hike Fox Glacier. The sights we’ve seen are breathtaking, to say the least. From the west coast we made our way south to Wanaka and Queenstown. Both cities were enjoyable. I especially liked Lake Wanaka because of its laid-back culture and beautiful views. We made our way to Milford Sound and got to experience a two-hour cruise where we learned about the area and got to observe some young seals hanging out on some rocks. After Milford, we ventured the southern scenic route to Invercargill. We spent the night there and woke up early the next day to get to the bluff, where we boarded a ferry to Stewart Island. We only spent the day on the island but we got to see some really beautiful beaches. We made our way back to the south island that afternoon and moved east into the Catlins area. We spent the night under a heavenly sky of stars that night. It was truly amazing! We slowly made our way up the east coast, making stops in interesting places, such as Dunedin and Moeraki and Oamaru.
We are now back in Christchurch and are due to fly back to Auckland and head down to Hamilton back to uni soon. It has been a great leisurely break and now it is time to hit the books again... fun can’t last forever. But we are ready to get back into our comfortable dorm rooms where we can sleep in our own beds. It’ll be nice to get back.