New Zealand · 18 Days · 51 Moments · November 2018

Elysha's Journi to New Zealand

4 December 2018

Mini icebergs from Mt Cook Glacier! Mum found a small piece that had broken off and ate it...could have been prehistoric dinosaur pee for all we know!
Hiked around the bottom of Mt Cook today. It was very wet and very windy which meant it was also very cold. But it was still a lot of fun!
Freda Du Faur, an Australian, was the first woman to climb Mt Cook. She was photographed here, at Friedaโ€™s rock 3 December 1910 - 1 day and 108 years ago.
Off to Mt Cook! Cloudy day but we can see the base of this monster!

3 December 2018

Mildly uneventful day. Off to the beautiful town of Twizel. More like a hill-billy town stuck in the 70s....

2 December 2018

Berry picking today. We didnโ€™t do much, it was so relaxing.
Old school town - very cute
My morning on the cherry farm - clucky chickens and cheeky corgis (Charlie and George)

1 December 2018

They all head out today ๐Ÿ™

30 November 2018

Cookie Time for Josh
Nothing eventful today

29 November 2018

More rocks for dad! Canโ€™t remember where this was though.
Added our rock to the pile ๐Ÿ™‚

28 November 2018

Walked through old miners tunnels to find glow worms - so cool, it looked like a galaxy!
Robot mates
Rocks instead of sand beach!

27 November 2018

Such a brilliant, exhilarating, jaw dropping experience to share with awesome people. So lucky to have great weather and so privileged to see a Glaciers in this lifetime.
Snow! We had 10 minutes to play in it, throw snowballs and in Darrylโ€™s case, roll around in it. What an epic moment!
Up we go! Dad is white, the rest is full of excitement ๐Ÿ˜†
About to helicopter to Frans Josef!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜
Oh Deer Dad.... ๐ŸฆŒ
Stopped along the way, random waterfalls and blue green lake ๐Ÿ™‚
Found the lonely tree ๐ŸŒณโœŒ๏ธ

26 November 2018

Big bed - privileged
Birbs. Largest gull in the world right there. Cutest sparrows in my heart right there. Ducks. ๐Ÿฆ†
Luge racing - competition runs heavily through this bloodline...(p.s I won one)
Heading up to the luge!
So windy - almost blew off the hill (no joke). Stunning sites.

25 November 2018

Saw fantastic beasts crimes of Grindelwald ๐Ÿ’•
So pretty - bunch of little Asianโ€™s took our photo for us and wanted to get a photo with us too! Super cute
French Cafe - best mini donut (any donut) of my entire life!

24 November 2018

Below 5 degrees Ice Bar - such a fun night!
Cocktails and Furg Burger ๐Ÿ”
Cookie Time! Way too much sugar ๐Ÿคค

23 November 2018

Sue and Darryl have arrived!

22 November 2018

Upgraded for a good night sleep and hot shower ๐Ÿ˜ด...and internet
First meal!
We hiked there!
Day 4: Last day hike! Off to make 2pm boat - must race to the dock. Beautiful weather. Saw some kea. Millions of sandflies! (7 hour hike, 16 km).

21 November 2018

More snow, knee deep snow, cold snow. Found Mackannons memorial - โ€˜โ€˜twas like a beacon of hope in a snowy blizzard. So pretty! Very tough climb up, track covered in snow, one slip and you fall off the cliff! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Tough climb down, had to use emergency rout due to landslides and avalanches. Boulder after boulder after boulder after fallen tree. But after an 800m decent, we survived and eventually made it to the hut. (8 hour hike done in 12. 16km, 800m ascent, 800m decent).
Day 3 - snow! Here we go!

20 November 2018

Day 2 - not as wet as yesterday. Found a field of boulders (the start of the boulderous battle), a bus stop with no buses and many waterfalls. Itโ€™s stunning, having so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜ (6.5 hour hike to hut, 16km)

19 November 2018

Day 1: Caught boat to start of track. It snowed! โ„๏ธ Wet, cold, muddy, beautiful ๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๏ธ (2 hour hike to hut)
Packed and ready for the hike! Here we go!

18 November 2018

Arrived. Te Anau.
Cute village. Found door to middle earth.

17 November 2018

We left for Quail Cottage - something out of pride and prejudice - absolutely stunning. Would go there again ๐Ÿ’•
Queenstown is very busy as thereโ€™s an international race (11,000 participants) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Only hostel available was a dodgy backpackers that didnโ€™t wash sheets ๐Ÿ˜ต we left ๐Ÿš˜
At Queenstown -very alike to Gold Coast, more for daredevils and wild activities though