Milford Sound & Queenstown

People rave about Queenstown all the time for being the adventure capital of the world, the home of the famous AJ Hackett Nevis Bungy, scenic views and good nightlife. Everyone on our tour had booked extra time here and we were no different and had booked four nights. It was nice to have a base for a few nights in comparison to having one night in each town.

As we pulled up to Nomads hostel I ran off the bus, kicking anything out of my way to be in the queue early for a decent room. However, as layed back organisation and efficiency goes in New Zealand, second in the queue means serve everyone else first and we were one of the last to be served. Why? Because the intelligent man on reception decided to train a new girl at the time when two buses arrive so other people around us were being served by other staff. I was not happy! Especially when we eventually got a more expensive room and split up from our little group. Bekki asked the guy on reception, is it at least nicer than the cheaper room? “Not really” he said. Great customer service there!

…Walk away Anne. Don’t cause a scene. It’s just a room.

It turns out it could have been worse… our friends Megan and Chloe got put in room of ‘lads’ who brought girls back for the night. You can guess what happened. They moved rooms the next day.

On the first evening in Queenstown we had a pub crawl and a delicious $10 BBQ. After a hilarious dinner with the gang followed by stretching out our lord of the dance moves, lunges, gangster rapping skills on the dance floor in ‘Loco’ our night peaked early. After arriving at The Find, a bar where you can enjoy cocktails in tea pots, and a free $1000 bar tab… we had a drink and were ready for bed. Bekki and I had a 7.15am coach to Milford Sounds the next day too so it worked out well.

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Milford Sound Day Trip

Milford Sound is the number one tourist attraction in New Zealand. It’s known for being one of the most scenic views in the world. We had heard the tour group the day before had had cloudy weather so saw nothing. We were praying for good weather!

Before arriving at Milford Sound we stepped off the bus to a stream where we were actually able to fill our water bottles with fresh water.

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Then we hopped on a boat for a few hours and explored… the weather was perfect.

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Cup of tea on the boat… of course!

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That evening we returned back to the hostel to find something beautiful. Our friend Jahnelle cooked us all a Jamaican feast! It was jerk chicken, rice, sweet potato and more! It was so kind of her to treat us to that. It made such a change to the noodles and pasta I’ve even every night for the past month.

The next day back in Queenstown it was time to explore. The town is actually really small… standard shops, restaurants and cafés but if you look up you see all the mountains and you can see the appeal of this town. There’s also a nice lake to relax by…

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That evening by the lake we were also reunited with most of the lovely people we met on the first bus in Auckland!

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On the last day a group of us climbed Queenstown hill. Walking up was hard work for everyone involved, except James from Canada number 2 who took off his shirt and disappeared never to be seen again (until we made it to the top). Queenstown hipl has a set out trail so it is very straight forward to walk but the whole way up but everything was steep! But the walk was enjoyable for the people and of course, the views you get at the top!

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Not quite sure what’s going on with my joints!

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And James from Canada number 2 was off again on the way down…

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That evening we had a farewell meal. It would be the last time we saw the Jackson 2, Catherine and Nici so we ended our time together in ‘Hell’… a pizza parlour!

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It really was an awesome four nights spent in this town. Not just because of the town itself, but more so because we were reunited with so many wonderful people we’d met a long the way in New Zealand. We just got to hang out and really get to know each other which you don’t get to do very often travelling when you don’t get as much time with people as you’d like. We even had our own table in the social area where we’d regularly meet up with everyone. I count myself very lucky to have the group that we did and I wish everyone all the very best on their travels.

And it was a big emotional goodbye to Nici, it was amazing to travel with you again!

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