Saturday, 30 January 2016

My South Island trip part two!

Hello again! Here is part two of my trip around the South Island with my family earlier this year.  Make sure you check out part one before reading this.

After we spent time exploring around Queenstown we headed off towards Fox Glacier. We arose early that morning as we had a long journey ahead of us.  Although I had a book in hand I felt the need to have my eyes glued to the view outside the car window the entire journey.  

We passed the beautifully clear, blue waters of the Kawarua river and witnessed some shot over jet boat rides and bungy jumps. We also saw the beautiful sights if Mount Aspiring National Park, Mount Cook National Park and Haast Past.   The area surrounding Mount Cook and through that part of the Southern Alps is called the glacier region due to its many glaciers.  Most famously is the Franz Joseph glacier and Fox Glacier.  We visited Fox Glaicer and stayed in the Fox Glacier Lodge which was incredibly welcoming and cosy.  

We walked to the Fox Glacier which was about an hour walk return for us (although we did have quite a few photo stops.)  We were slightly disappointed that we couldn't see a lot of the glacier from the top of the walk but still enjoyed the fresh air and the beautiful landscape surrounding us.

Me on the lookout down to Kawarua river and the shot over jets.

Shot over jets

Mount Aspiring

The glacier face

Fox Glacier

View near Haast past

Mum and I by Fox Glacier

Sunset in Fox Glacier

After staying the night in Fox Glaicer we headed towards Greymouth to catch a train from Greymouth to Christchurch.  We passed through glacier areas and saw some beautiful scenery on the way through.

View in Franz Jospeh

The train was around four hours long and we arrived in Christchurch late afternoon.  We headed towards our hotel to settle in and then made our way to have a bite to eat.  We stayed in the Christchurch city central which was to our suprise quite deserted.  There were many blank fields and abandoned buildings as the central city was hit the hardest during the earthquake. 

There were a lot of artwork painted on the walls of the abandoned buildings as an attempt to enliven the city up after the earthquake.  We spent two nights in Christchurch exploring the city before we flew home.  We managed to take a tram tour around the city and visit the botanical gardens, the Canterbury mueseum and the Christchurch cathedral. 

The Christchurch cathedral 

Artwork in Christchurch 

Tram we hopped on

Old Spanish street

The white chairs to commemorate those who passed in the quakes

The botanical gardens

So there is part two of my visit in The South Island.  I hope you enjoyed the series of posts I did on my trip.  I have now arrived in England and will be travelling to France in the next couple days.  I visited London yesterday and I still have my Europe travel bucketlist to post so stay tuned!

Love you all,
Till next time, 
Megan Cook.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

My South Island trip part one!

My family and I did a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand to start off the year.  My parents and my sister flew down on the 31st while I spent New Years at home with my friends.  They visited Stewart island and Invercargil before I arrived and met them at Invercargil airport.  From Invercargill we departed and headed towards Te Anua.  

Te Anua is a lake with a small town, mostly filled with tourists.  On the second day of my trip we went on a boat cruise through Lake Manapouri then over wilmot pass via bus, then through doubtful sounds.  It was so beautiful with smoky mountains surrounding the water.  A huge bonus was that we also saw dolphins and seals!

Lake Manapouri 

Wilmot pass

A seal scratching on the rock bank

Next we ventured on for a few hours until we hit the bustling streets of Queenstown.  We had lunch in the old mining village of Arrowtown on our way through to Queenstown.  Queenstown was a highlight for me on this trip as it had the best atmosphere.  Everyone was young, alive and free. 

 Queenstown sucks you in with its great shopping, food, beautiful views and accents from more places than you knew existed.  Us kiwis in Queenstown felt like the minority amongst such an influx of tourists.  We did a lot of drinking (on dads part mostly), eating as well as going on the gondolas on mount Queenstown and racing each other on the luge (which I won!). We also shopped till we dropped and appreciated the true beauty of the place by walking our toes off exploring the city!


An old miners house

Lake Wakatipu

At the top of the mountain! 

The view of Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown

So that is part one of my South Island trip.  If you would like to see part two make sure you follow so you are notified when the next blog post is up.  The next post features Mount Cook, Fox glacier, Greymouth and Christchurch. 

Love you all,
Till next time, 
Megan Cook.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Welcome 2016!

I know I'm very late to the bandwagon with the New Years posts and all, but I've just returned from a weeks holiday so I have a little catching up to day after my time off. 

I spent the first two days of 2016 at home with my friends before flew to meet my parents in the South Island on the 2nd who had departed a few days earlier.  I spent a lovely week road tripping around the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.  I had a fantastic time and traveling made me appreciate the beauty of New Zealand and inspired me to take every opportunity to see the world and all its beauty.

Now I'm not one for 'New years resolutions' but as the new year is a way to celebrate the closing of one book and open our hearts to new adventures and experiences that the new year will bring us I made a few goals. 

1) My first goal is to go with the flow.  I'm one of these people who always needs strict plans but in turn is actually terrible at making them.  This year I want to focus on relaxing and letting things come to me and go the way the universe intended them to go instead of freaking out.

2) My second goal is to take every opportunity that comes to me.  Often I freak out in certain situations and through my relationships with certain people.  This year I want to focus on taking more opportunities that are given to me and taking them on full force even if it freaks me out or scares me.  

3) This is my third and final goal for myself.  This year I want to explore more, meet new people and travel the world.  Now these three things could easily be three seperate goals and I understand this but I want to slap them all together and call it 'Megan's exploration.'  My exploration of not only the world as I leave home to travel Europe in a matter of weeks but also to explore new places, new cultures, new experiences and lifestyles as well as new people and new friends. I personally think in exploring new aspects of my changing surroundings I will find new aspects in myself I didn't know existed living in my sheltered lifestyle in New Zealand and this will help me in finding myself and becoming a better person. 

So there are just a few goals I've made for myself in the coming year and I look forward to what 2016 has to offer me as it has already offered me so much in the last week.
If you have made any goals for yourself drop them below in the comments as I would love to read through them!

Me on January 3rd 2016

Love you all,
Till next time, 
Megan Cook.

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