After a quick night in Queenstown (at the very noisy Bungi Backpackers), we boarded another Great Sights bus, this time to Mount Cook Village. It was a long journey, but there were plenty of stops to explore the small and quirky towns along the way. Despite some cloud when we set off, by the time we turned off on the Mt Cook road the weather was brilliant, and made for some impressive photo stops at the view points along the way.
Most people on the coach were going all the way through to Christchurch that afternoon, but we jumped off at the YHA in Mount Cook Village, which has about a hundred residents living with amazing views of Mt Cook, Sefton and Wakefield.
We spent two very relaxing days there exploring the village, enjoying the views and eating ice cream at the Hermitage. We also bought Explorer Passes at the Edmund Hillary centre which meant we could go and see the films and planetarium presentations during our stay, most of which were really good.
On Tuesday we jumped on the same bus as it made its way again to Christchurch, to our last stop on our tour of New Zealand. We had a brief break at Lake Tekapo to take photos of the Church of the Good Shepherd (and the crowds of other tourists). That was beautiful but a little crazy and over-run.
Now we are in Christchurch, making final plans for our journey over the Tasman to Sydney tomorrow. Staying in a pretty nice hostel, although we seem to be in the red light/religious district. An odd mix I know, but walking back to our room last night after dinner was interesting; a whole street of churches, and prostitutes in every gateway & street corner. Felt very safe though, I guess because the laws are different here.
And that’s about it for NZ!
Nic & Rob