When we left Invercargill our Happy Camper drove us to Queenstown. Queenstown is a town where no one wants to leave. My little brother Hessel told us all about his adventures there. From bungee jumps to sky-diving and speedboat racing to frisbee golf. Everything is possible in Queenstown… We couldn’t do everything ofcourse but we decided to go Ludge and play a match of Frisbee Golf.
So on our first day we went to Queens Park and started our game of Frisbee Golf. After the first few ‘holes’ we both found out that we never gonna play Frisbee Golf as Pro’s. Luckily it was great fun.
That afternoon we went for some crazy rides on the Ludge course. Super duper fun time. It’s a bit like Rodelen but then on a racetrack instead of snow. So I immediatly got into hyperspace mode on the beginners track and prepairing for some epic speed on the advance race track. If you gever go to Christchurch, go Ludge! At least 3 times or more!
The next morning we wanted to go to Wanaka known as the hippie version of Queenstown. We drove towards the dumpstation to get rid of all the wastewater of our camper and get some fresh n’ clean water back in the tank. While driving towards the exit of the campsite we heard a weird squakey noise from the breaks. And guess what happened next?
We had to find a garage because our ‘drum breaks’ wear totally slid through. So we had to spend another day and night in Queenstown because the garage needed to wait for new carparts for our camper. But it wasnt’t a problem to stay another day relaxing at the city beach and park. Drinking some beers and reading some high class literature (Ernest Hemmingway, J.K. Rowlin and such)
The next day our camper was a Happy Camper again so we could continue to Wanaka and Fox Glacier.
Fox Glacier became a bit of a dissapointment. Hessel told us about the halfday walks which now weren’t posssible anymore due to the melting of the ice. The only possibility was getting dropped of there by a helicopter. But as you can imagine: that was a bit above budget. And even id we had the budget the weather was way too bad to see anything up there. Still the pictures from the regular track were pretty.
After Fox Glacier we decided to drive +-600km straight to the sun and Sea mammal paradise: Kaikoura. Here we booked a tour to spot the famous SpermWhale (Potvis for the Dutchies). Which can be spotted here all year ‘round. And we got extremely lucky! Not 1, not 2 but we saw 3 whales from real close and for desert an Royal Albatros from 3 meters away. Which I maybe even enjoyed more than the whales. (Hornman family birding thing I guess). Luckily we went to the pharmacy in the morning to get some pills against sea sickness, because although conditions were perfect, the sea shaked us well. So we where happy to disembark after a great boat trip.
Leaving the whales behind we drove upto Picton and the Malborough Sounds. We found an idillic spot to camp for the night and do a classic Cheese & Wine dinner with an nice Pinot Gris from the Marlborough area… We still got the pills against the seasickness in our blood because we got extremely tired after the wine and went to bed around 21:00.
The Marlborough sounds: imagine Norwegian Fjords but then tropical. Gold/yellow beaches with perfect blue waters.We did some nice tramps in that setting. A short one in the afternoon and one on our final day in the south. We were ready to leave the southern island and hop on the ferry towards Wellington, the Capitol city.
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