This week me and 5 friends made a little trip over to Kiwi land, basing ourselves in Queenstown and what a week it was! Full of incredible views, spontaneous decisions, adrenaline and Fergburger. I didn’t really have many ideas what Queenstown would be like but it was definitely not what I expected, it’s got such a cool ski-town vibe to it and I thought we were going to have to drive a while before we hit any mountains but nope, they are right there on your doorstep which made for views more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, you know its going to be good when you fall in love from the plane flying through the mountains!
We arrived on Saturday morning and while us girls headed for lunch, Keegan went and hit up the Nevis bungee jump and if you give it a google you will understand why he was the only one you did it… We moved into are cute little Airbnb which we loved and had a really beautiful view of the Remarkables, at this point everyone was exhausted from travelling and passed out until Sophie and I went to pick Keegan up and went and got hot chocolate from a chocolatier right on the lake, where we watched the sunset, it was a perfect first evening. Becky and I cooked our first family dinner and had a really sweet first night.
Day 2 came along, and we had a bit of a disaster. About 30 minutes after waking, Becky mentioned that ‘the water on the stove was being funny’ (without questioning why there was water on the stove lol) and next thing you know water is coming from everywhere the whole house is flooding. Perfect. This resulted in chaos, trying to figure out how to turn the main water off (we presumed it was a burst pipe), trying to get hold of the owner and moving all our stuff out of the way of the water. Luckily the owner told us she was going to send a plumber in and we could carry on with our day as planned so we headed off to start our first hike of the holiday. We trekked up the Tiki Trail of Queenstown Hill and although it was short, it was hella steep, I have never felt so unfit in my life, not helped by the fact that Keegan practically ran up the thing! When we got to the top (which was the beginning of the Ben Lomond hike that we decided there was no chance we were doing) and we had views of all of Queenstown and watched some bungee jumpers and the extreme swing. It was a really nice morning to ease us into the week. When it was time to go home, we were greeted with a lovely message that we had been moved to a different Airbnb and damn, it was one helllll of an upgrade! 4 story ski cabin style with a log fire, massive bath tub and even more incredible views than the first place!
Monday was such a gorgeous day, so we headed to Wanaka to do
Roy’s Peak hike (my favourite hike of the week minus the mini episode I had
when my chest collapsed #banter). It was a pretty long hike of 16km reaching 1,578m
elevation but my God it was worth it, the views at the top were amazing, honestly
the surrounding lakes and mountains looked fake, like a movie set they were
that picture perfect. I was sooooo glad for the bath after that hike.
On Tuesday we woke up to it absolutely throwing it down, grey and windy (just like home lol), so we took a little car ride over to Glenorchy where I actually think the weather made it cooler. The lake was really eerily, and the mist was laying so heavily over the mountains opposite, we then tried our hands at stone skipping, turns out I’m not too shabby. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad there wasn’t much more we could do that day, so we headed back the house, got the fire going and had a cosy afternoon eating alllll the snacks and getting last minute work done.
The next day we were booked in for Skydiving, but the weather hadn’t cleared up enough, so we had it pushed back until Friday and instead took Sophie to do the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, which was actually a really beautiful location to do it, with the river running underneath. This then persuaded Alyssa, Alexa and Keegan to also do this bungy (me and Becky were quite content with just Skydiving). The bathroom signs at this place, especially for the disabled toilets, were absolute class. This was the first day we had Fergburger, which every time we had walked past had a queue wayyy out of the door so had dodged, and damn we messed up by doing that, BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER TASTED. Insane. (Never thought I would say that about a burger but there you go).
Thursday, we made the 4 hour drive over to Milford Sound, and no it didn’t make one (if you know, you know). We had booked a 2pm cruise but missed it because we decided (and when I say we I mean Keegan) that trying to squeeze a 3-hour hike into the 2.5 hours we had, in the rain too, was a good idea. Luckily the people were super lovely and booked us onto the next cruise instead and it actually turned out for the better because we got to see the sun setting in between the mountains and it really was a stunning cruise especially since the rain had let up. We saw albatrosses – they are HUGE! And a little seal up on the rocks posing for us. In all fairness the hike was pretty awesome, it took us up to a glacial lake, which all had to mother Keegan to persuade him not to go jump in an get pneumonia…
Friday was skydiving day! We were so glad that they had pushed it back because we couldn’t have got better weather on Friday if we tried, completely blue skies, no rain to be seen. Since we were the only ones in the group going up to 15,000ft (the mountain peaks were 9,000ft for reference), we went last, giving plenty of time for nerves to kick in but they never did, I think we were all too hyped up at 8am to be nervous. It was honestly one of the greatest things I have ever experienced, I really thought I was going to freak out at some point, but i didn’t, they make you feel so safe and the plane ride up is so scenic you get too excited to be worried. When you get up to height they slide the side of the plane open, you slide out onto the edge of plane and basically just roll out and there you are! We got to free fall for 60 seconds and it was the most freeing feeling I have ever experienced, my video is actually comical because I’m having the best time, the adrenaline was real! And then they pull the parachute and you have a bit of zero-gravity sensation where you are just suspended and that’s when you really get to appreciate the stunning location we were at, the snow on top of the mountains, the lake and the bright blue sky, there is nowhere else I would have rather experienced my first skydive. We all landed and immediately said we wanted to go again, it was just so amazing – I highly recommend everyone to go skydiving, even Alyssa who is sacred of flying loved it! Only thing, I wish we didn’t have to wear little caps that gave us all serious egg heads lol. To finish our day we went to Lake Wanaka, hoping to go Kayaking but we were too late for that so we just went for a lovely walk along the lake and got ice cream! Friday was probably my favourite day of the trip.
We flew home on Saturday but not before I had a serious ‘sorry mum’ moment and went and got a tattoo. (it wasn’t completely spontaneous, I had booked the appointment earlier on in the week and was getting something I have wanted for years now). We went to this super cool studio in Queenstown called Zealand Tattoos, everyone was so lovely, my artist @Skadi.ink was the coolest and nicest person I have met and SUPER talented, I never thought in a million years I would be able to get the tattoo the way I imagined it but she made it even better and I nearly cried with happiness when I saw it at the end. Don’t worry my parents do know. The perfect end to a perfect trip.