Greetings from surprisingly warm Invercargill! Yes, I am in the South Island and tomorrow, I will set foot on the southernmost part of the country – Stewart Island. I left foggy Hamilton on Saturday and flew into Queenstown on Sunday morning. It was quite nippy but not as cold or chilly as I thought it would be. I took the bus to town (got the $17.00 day pass) and immediately proceeded to Arrowtown to take part in their Autumn Festival. Got there just in time to see a couple of men dressed up as cow girls running towards what I assume to be the finish line (it was some sort of a race). I then walked around the little town and took pictures of the various scarecrows that lined the streets. Afterwards, I decided to walk along the Arrowtown River. I wanted to go to Tobin’s peak? just to see Arrowtown from above. However, when I saw that I needed to go up a hill to get to the peak, I opted against it. Although I did have my hardy hiking boots on, I didn’t know the area. I didn’t want to get lost on the first day of my holiday … So I meandered back towards the bus pick up point and took the buses back to Queenstown.
At Queenstown, I stayed at the Base and I would greatly recommend this backpacker’s facility to anyone. The place is in the centre of town and about a block and a half from the bus depot. The rooms are tidy and each 8-bed dorm room has it’s own toilet and bath facility – which means, it’s semi-communal. The toilet and bathrooms are a wee bit tiny, but they are clean and are separated from one another. The staff are friendly and the reception desk is manned 24/7 – which is great! I’ll try to upload photos of the Base later on.
Got to go. I’ve got 3 minutes left on my timer and don’t want to run out. I tried to upload photos but I think the card reader in this machine is not working. Will have to upload images later on.
More stories to come! Meanwhile, have a great rest of the week!
Last import from my old blog. After this is done, I’m going to delete that one and just focus on this. Since I’m migrating the text from another site and attempting (take note, the operative word here is ATTEMPTING) to consolidate all my accounts, some of the links may no longer work, so don’t click on anything – well, you can but it might lead you to a dead link.
Anyway, here’s the post on Queenstown. Ms. Kaladkarin and I visited this lovely place in December 2008 when we had that South Island Sojourn. Queenstown’s absolutely amazing during the Summer, it must be even more so during Winter. I hope to be able to visit Queenstown mid-year, when the Remarkables are covered in snow. We were supposed to go there last June (and again in September) but on both instances, circumstances prevented us from travelling. Oh well, perhaps I’ll have my chance again in 2012…
On Boxing Day, my friend and I (for all intents and purposes, I shall call her Travel Companion or ‘TC’) went to Queenstown, at the South Island of New Zealand, for a much needed Christmas Break. After a whole year of backbreaking labour, we felt that we deserved to hie off somewhere and just relax. Since Air New Zealand fares for that period were way beyond our meager budget, we decided to skip the NZ’s national carrier and ride the Kangaroo (Qantas) instead.
Hah! Who would have thought that barely a month after I flew back in from the South Island, I’d actually fly out again for a weekend getaway? I didn’t think I’d be going anywhere for the next who knows how long since I had kinda used up my savings but Air New Zealand came up with this amazing weekend package that was simply too delicious to resist.
Imagine this: 2 round trip airplane tickets from Auckland to Dunedin; accommodation for 2 nights at Living Space Dunedin, free parking at the Auckland Domestic Carpark, and free Speights Brewery tour for 2 all for just $219.00(all inclusive and per person)! Who can resist that?!
(This is an old entry, which I’m moving from my previous MySoreFeet site to this one. I wrote this on February 2009 – almost a year ago. I miss riding horses – even though being on one gave me a massively sore bumbum.)
That’s me and my horse, well, our shadows actually.
Perhaps I should rename this blog “MySoreBum” instead of “MySoreFeet” because the things I did on the last two posts (this and the previous one) gave me sore bums! Hahaha! I was looking through the New Plymouth website and came across a Horse Trekking advertisement. When I read the words “Horse Trekking” all of a sudden, memories of my last horse trekking adventure just came flooding back!