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Moving onwards from New Zealand

semi-overcast 18 °C

Unfortunately my time in New Zealand is almost up, and in only a few short hours I will be flying to Melbourne to begin the tour around Australia.

The last few weeks here in the South Island have been mixed with some action packed days and some days spent lazing around, some time has been spent in several cities (Dunedin - World steepest Street, Christchurch - Antarctic Centre), whilst the rest has been in small villages and towns which are dotted around (Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura).

On the last leg of the journey we stopped of in Lake Tekapo which is located next to Mount Cook National Park, managed to see yet more awesome scenery and ventured out on some stunning hikes with other people from the hostel.

Also something that I wanted to checkout was the Space observatories located on top of Mount John which looks over miles and miles of NZ wilderness, due to the weather being so fantastic at the time I signed up for a night of star gazing, and together with several other people managed to look at various planets, stars and other interesting heavenly bodies in space huge distances away, all through powerful telescopes only normally accessible to scientific study - Fascinating!!!

My final stops have been to the popular Fishing village of Kaikoura, and to the largest city on the South Island Christchurch which is supposedly the most European City in New Zealand.

The Magic Bus turned out to be an excellent way of getting around the country, we stopped off in many isolated places to take photo's, lunch in small villages and seaside settings and drinks out in some excellent pubs and bars in New Zealand, I was fortunate to meet lots of people along the way and will stay friends with many of them.

During my time here I was on the lookout for native Kiwi's to find out more about living on this side of the world and cultural differences, luckily I met these great group of people who were touring around their home country, it was interesting to learn about the differences in the way of life here and it was great to swap stories from places closer to home.

My 36 days here has moved by very quickly, I have managed to see all that I wanted and more in between, looking forward to visiting Melbourne and have a few ideas to mix it up and make things as interesting as possible?

Posted by lee2007 13:14 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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Hi Lee

New Zealand certainly seems like a great place! Am looking forward to trying some zorbing next year myself. I think you have a future career as a travel writer mapped out out too! Will have to arrange a Skype chat with you soon! Im off to Cape Town for 2 weeks on the 28 November....

Ryan

by ryanedward

Hi Lee,

It sound fantastic. I am pleased that you have met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. Lets hope Australia is as fantastic as NZ. Dad wants to know if you saw Mars when you took you trip to the observatory? And its even named after him. Mount John.

Love Mum

by mum dad

The star gazing was indeed wonderful, did'nt see Mars unfortunately as it was'nt visible but did see Jupiter, the two stars of Alpha Centari A & B and something called 47 Tuncanae, all were magnificant

by lee2007

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