Jumping out of New Zealand

Last day in New Zealand ☹ Maree had another seminar at work to go to in the city center so I decided to book myself on the Sky Tower skyjump. The Sky Tower is the tallest building in Auckland… It’s basically just like the space needle.  We got to Auckland a bit earlier than when…

Rangitoto

Climbed a volcano today! Maree had a conference at work, so I went with her downtown and caught a ferry to Rangitoto Island. It was only about a 25minute ride. Rangitoto is a giant volcano that is it’s own island off the coast of Auckland. It’s still technically active, but it’s monitored so no worries….

Exploring Auckland

Maree had to go into work in the morning so I decided to walk around Auckland. I basically did a loop to Waynard Quarter and back to Aotea Square. It wasn’t a super long walk, but I stopped in stores along the way and chilled by the waterfront for a little bit. Auckland has a…

Surviving Cyclone Hola 

Well, we haven’t had a very exciting last two days, but it’s been nice to just chill out and hang with one of my best friends.  After dropping Alexis off at the airport, we drove around Maree’s old hood. Saw her high school, her old house, etc. We went to the park in the area…

Back in Auckland

Back with my favorite kiwi! We got back to Auckland around noon. We went and picked up Alexis some final souvenirs/lunch then decided to watch the finale of the American Bachelor (#priorities). When Deb (Maree’s roommate) got home from work we drove over to Hunua Falls. We walked around and took some pictures for about…

Traveling to Christchurch 

We had no concrete plans for the day except to eventually make our way to Christchurch (about 4.5hrs from Mount Cook). Originally, we were thinking about doing a hike in the morning at Mount Cook, but the weather ended up being pretty crappy so we had a slow morning and went on our way around…

Ice Climbing the Tasman Glacier

Wow where to begin?  We started off our morning by heading to the local airport just down the road for our helicopter ride to Tasman Glacier! It was both our first times on a helicopter so we were pretty excited!  There ended up being one other person signed up for ice climbing- Edmund from Texas….

Canyoning the Niger Stream

Our main event for the day was to go canyoning in Wanaka down the Niger Stream! We walked over to the canyoning place around 9am and met our guide for the day- Jeremy. There were only 2 other people in our group, which was nice cause then there wasn’t a lot of waiting around! The…

That Wanaka Tree

Got up around 7am to drive back towards Queenstown to see if our rescheduled skydive was still on. It was raining the whole drive so we didn’t have much faith…. We were right. It got cancelled so we kept on trucking to Wanaka. We arrived in Wanaka around 11:30am and went to get some lunch….

Milford Sound…. I Mean Fiord…. Wait… Fjord?

Had to wake up pretty early this morning to drive down to Milford Sound- about 2hrs from Te Anau.  Milford Sound is actually a fjord, incorrectly named a Sound back in the day. A Sound is carved by a river, whereas a Fjord is made from melting glaciers. They decided to call the area Fiordlands…

Jumping into the Kawarau River

Well we were supposed to jump off a plane today, but instead we fell off a bridge into a river. I had a bit of trouble sleeping because I was nervous for skydiving. I woke up a little early so I decided to FaceTime my parents in case I died lol.  At 8am we called…

Queenstown

Had to wake up around 6:30am to get to the airport. Big thanks to Maree for not complaining and driving us to the airport 😗 The flight was just under 2hrs to get to Queenstown, which is on the South Island of New Zealand. We have a rental car for our road trip around the…