13.10.2012 12 °C
Nice early start this morning – 6.30am! That’s not a holiday! Coach picked us up at 7.15am (yet again I was the last one on) and off to the ferry port. Our driver Bods explained to us yesterday how this ferry used to travel the English Channel, and that is has good free laundry facilities. So up we rock with our bags and dirty laundry, except when someone asks where the laundry room is, we are met by a confused staff member. Apparently we have been “misinformed”. Suddenly we don’t like Bods anymore >;(
Three hours later, heading from Wellington on the east of the north island, to Picton on the west part of the south island, via the Cook Strait, we made it. Coach ride to Kaiteriteri with a stunning yellow beach. On this coach ride, the new bus driver Ben shouts “Is there a Charlotte on this coach?”. My gut reaction is “What have I done?”. I cautiously reply, and get asked to come to the front of the coach..eeeeek! Turns out Bods has left a really long answerphone message with Ben saying how guilty he feels at me taking laundry onto the ferry and he didn’t realise we had believed him (even though I told him earlier in the week how gullible I am). As an apology, he has offered to buy me a glass of wine via the new driver Ben. He’s now in the good books again
It’s overcast today so we just play in the playground instead of on the beach – swings, slides and merry-go-rounds. Fresh laundry, and early night to bed (8pm). Weird, I know. Combination of exhaustion and a cold, plus I’m getting old at 26 :p
Another overcast day. Apparently that’s what the west coast is famous for, as well as the Irish settlers?! Today’s walk has been called off as they are expecting a lot of rain today and so have closed the roads. So the hostel we are staying at tonight have offered us free yoga! Yay! So the south island offers a lot of walks with stunning scenery including glaciers, mountains and lakes. We are having dinner cooked for us tomorrow night by Les (87 year old hostel owner who apparently swears like a trooper) and the bus drive Ben. There’s also the option of bungy jumping in Queenstown – the Nevis Jump is 134m and the highest in the country with 6 seconds of freefalling. For some reason, bungy jumoing has never been at the top of my list, and at £120 (same as skydive), it’s a fair bit so doubt I’ll do it. Currently watching series of Flight of the Conchords on the coach, which is hilarious. I’ve been missing everyone in general, and missing everyone even more today, I will try and skype over the weekend as long as the hostels we stay at have wifi available to purchase. I might have to get a new sim card too as texts are expensive. I will let you know if that happens though as my number will change. Ta ra for now.