So I finally made it to the South Island of NZ!! The whole week was jampacked and so much fun! It was absolutely beautiful and the geology everywhere was amazing (but I’ll get to that later). The weather looked like it was going to be dodgy, but it ended up being perfect the whole week, which was definitely some good luck. Anyways, here are all the details about the week!
It started very early on a Monday. Dan had driven down to Wellington that weekend to watch the rugby super 8 semi-final on Saturday, but I had to work so I flew in to meet him extremely early on Monday. Jess drove me to the airport for my 5:25am flight (thanks Jess!) and it went off without a hitch. Except for the man that snored SO LOUDLY right across from me for the ENTIRE trip. It got so bad that the man sitting behind me actually hit him with his magazine to wake him up. Dan picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to the ferry terminal to catch the 8:00am ferry to the South Island!
It’s been over a month since my last post, which is far too long. I’ve had a lot of life planning and other stuff going on, but I’ll update you all on that later when I’ve got some finalized plans. For now, I’ll let you know about the last few weeks...back in New Zealand!
My trip back ended up being pretty last minute. I was in San Diego to celebrate the Fourth of July but what ended up happening is me leaving to go back to Auckland on the 3rd. That meant that I skipped July 4th because when I landed in New Zealand it was the 5th. Which was a little sad. But that’s okay. It’s been all go go go since then, but now I’m sick watching Grey’s Anatomy all day so I have time to write! I got a job working for little bird organics in Auckland, so I’ve been doing that on weekends and fitting adventures in during the week. We’ll move on to those, they’re way more fun to talk about!
As promised, here is the adrenaline filled blog post. We’ll go in chronological order:
Zorbing was first. Matt and I went zorbing at Zorb™, which is just north of Rotorua. New Zealand is the birthplace of zorbing so obviously it had to be done. In case you don’t know what Zorbing is (which, by the way, is really a crime), it basically getting into a blown-up ball with water in it by yourself or with your friends and being pushed down a hill so you can go really fast. Simple, really. At Zorb™, there are three tracks you can try. One that goes straight down the hill, one that winds its way down, and on that winds for a bit and then has a more steep, sudden drop. When you go with friends, the only option is to go on the straight one since it’s too dangerous to have limbs flying everywhere in the windy ones. After asking the attendant at the front desk about which one’s were the most fun, Matt and I decided to go down the straight one together and then each go by ourselves on the windy one without the steep drop (the attendant said that one was more fun than the other one). It was so fun. I could try to explain it to you, but really I’ll just let you watch the video. It’s way more fun.
The past month has involved a lot of people coming to visit, which is SO FUN because then I get to have a great excuse to go on some pretty cool adventures.
Also, I got to be a pirate a few weeks ago at Dan’s little brother’s birthday party. Which was a pretty great adventure too :)
The first visit was from Heather and Kira:
Sam’s kayak coach, Heather, came out to visit with us as part of her 30th birthday trip through Australia and New Zealand. They got in a few days before and Sam went up north of Auckland with them for a day. When they got to Waihi Beach they came in for dinner at the Flat White while I was at work. It was awesome because then we got to play Heather our birthday song and bring her some cake! I realize I’ve never talked about the birthday song, so I will now seize the opportunity. I love our birthday song, but I don’t like being the one to deliver the cake. We play the birthday song and come out wearing this obnoxious cake with candles hat and then give them their cake and make them wear the hat. I hate it, but people seem to like it. You can have a listen here and imagine me walking out with a very fake smile on my face as the chorus starts. Don’t worry Heather, my smile for you was real.
Okay, so I’m a little behind on my updates. But I’ve got some pretty great adventures and stories to tell you about my last three weekends!
The last weekend in January was spent out at Mount Maunganui with Sam, Jess and Dan as they were all competing at the Eastern Regional Championships for surf lifesaving. It was a huge competition, with a lot of different clubs there.