Where We Went: Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Cromwell, Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, and Fairlie
Funniest Thing We Did: Eat about 20 PB&Js per person.
Craziest Thing We Did: Adam took the 43 meter plunge off a bridge via bungy! Dipped into the water and came out of it all alive. Watch the video here:
Best Thing We Did: Milford Sound cruise. We drove from Te Anau, boarded the two hour cruise and a few highlights were driving the boat under a huge waterfall and seeing a bunch of fur seals.
Tastiest Thing We Did: Fergburger! It’s a must eat spot in Queenstown where they have amazing variety. I had the lamb burger with mint jelly and Adam got the NZ beef burger. They also had deer and other great options. Fun experience, well worth the wait.
Dumbest Thing We Did: We thought we had a confirmed airbnb one night but it turned out it has been declined. Luckily, or maybe not so much, the owner of the restaurant we were sitting in owned a hotel and booked a night for us. When we got there it was really dirty and didn’t have an ensuite. Adam was a trooper, Chelsea was glad she travels with a pillow case.
Coolest thing we Learned: Milford Sound isn’t actually a sound, it’s a Fiord. It rains there almost every day of the year which means there are tons of waterfalls emptying fresh water into the fiord, amounting to 12 feet of fresh water covering the salt water from the Tasman sea below. There is a unique algae in the water dramatically affecting how cold the water gets so sea life usually found at 100m can be found at 15m. The whole “sound” area was created by a glacier 2,000m deep that melted, leaving crazy tall sea cliffs and allowing the Tasman Sea to fill it.
Biggest Surprise: We continue to be amazed by how gorgeous it is. Post card perfect around every corner. We’ve even stopped taking pictures and stopping off at lookout points because there is just too much to see and too many photos to take.
Mystery Solved: We were so in awe of the color of the water and couldn’t figure it out until we read a sign that told about the rock particles suspended throughout the water (some have settled on the bottom) from glacial melt. So cool!
-If you live in a place where you think your weather changes quickly, think again. The weather here changes as you cross the street. It feels like it changes about 20* at a time, back and forth, mixing in rain and wind with scorching sunshine.
-There are hydrangeas of all colors growing by the thousands, queen anne’s lace and lavender growing like weeds and so many other gorgeous wild flowers in pinks and purples growing roadside.
-Took a quick detour from Queenstown to Moke Lake as well as driving up to 118 Lensman Rd. for a very - great tips from our airbnb hosts!
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