After 10 weeks we have finally come to the end of the New Zealand leg of our trip. We've had a total blast exploring the country and have experienced things we will never forget.
Highlights have included skydiving, swimming with dolphins, tramping in Abel Tasman and climbing Fox glacier. We have met some great people (and some right weirdos) and survived living in a campervan for two weeks without killing each other. It's been fantastic.
We could've spent a lot less time here and still have done everything we have because the country is so small and easy to get around. But the luxury of time means we have been able to spend longer in some places and this has meant we have had time to just chill out and take a step back from the madness of "where are we sleeping tonight?" "what time does the bus go?" and "we need to book that trip" not to mention the trauma of unpacking and repacking a heavy backpack.
Talking of backpacks.... I have a confession to make. I actually ditched my backpack (it was Simon's old one and was ripped a bit) and invested in a pull-along bag
(well it was only $45 from The Warehouse). I know it's a bit of a cop-out but I was in danger of coming home with a hunchback and the thought of lugging that thing around through the heat of Australia made me feel a bit nauseous. To be fair though we have seen quite a few people with wheel-along bags so I'm not in too much of a minority.
We are currently at the hostel in Kaikoura waiting for the bus to take us back to Christchurch where we will catch the plane tomorrow to take us to Sydney.
We are looking forward to ditching our warm clothes and basking in the heat of the Australian summer. The plan (at the moment) is to stay in Sydney for a week then travel to Melbourne to pick up a hire car and drive the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide from where we fly to Perth. We'll spend three weeks on the west coast of Australia, including Christmas on Cottesloe Beach, before flying back to Sydney to see in 2010 on a boat in the harbour. Then we'll follow the hordes up the east coast to Cairns.
to be a whole new adventure and we hope you continue to follow us on it.
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