So with my recent injury and boredom setting in I decided it was time for a break! I knew Joes friend from home – Charlie – was about on the north island and decided I’d invite her down south for a bit of an impromptu road trip! And boy did we have some fun! There aren’t too many photos but I’ll just fill you in a bit of what we got up to!
Firstly Joe and I picked Charlie up from the airport and headed back to the lodge we enjoyed a few beers! Or a few to many in Joes case but I had a relatively early night! The next morning Charlie and I made a plan and started cleaning and packing the van which has been pretty much left since mine and Joes last little road trip! It didn’t take us long to get sorted and we decided on Tekapo as our first destination!
We arrived in one piece driving the van is an art but Charlie took to it like a duck to water and my navigation skills got us there on time! On time for pizza and bed that is all in all a good first day!
we finished the day with a little drive around and found a weird military camp place down a track road all pretty creepy!!! After a solid first night in the van which was surprisingly not too cold we decided on our next destination! We looked around to Otago area! Originally we thought Otago was a city! If you look on maps me you’ll see why it’s very confusing but we promptly corrected ourselves and headed to Alexandra. As always, if you’re a regular reader you will know that in my opinion the best thing about traveling NZ is the drive!!! So we took our time and took in the views! We stopped and had a delicious breakfast.
When we arrived we checked out a local museum and some shops! We even treated ourselves to a few cheeky purchases! We drove all around Clyde and checked out a local dam and reservoir aswell! All in all a very successful trip to Otago. We checked out the famous shakey bridge and the clock on the hill. We found a campsite and settled in for the evening with a box wine and game of cards.
The next day we were headed for Queenstown. We had planned this well we’d get there and spend the day mooching around shops and then head to Arrowtown to meet Janik in the evening. We stopped in Cromwell on the way because I wanted to find some internet to get mine and Joes visas sent off now that the police checks from the UK had eventually arrived! Turns out they havn’t invented internet in Cromewell yet to Queenstown MC Donald’s it is!!! Visas sent so now to celebrate with shopping!! We stopped at the bridge Bungee and watched people throw themselves off there for a good hour before heading into town. Charlie did very well with the driving Queenstown is a nightmare to navigate and I wasn’t jealous of her in the driving seat, we made it to parking and hit the shops. We watched a street performer and wondered around the place, then moved on to arrowtown. We had a few problems with the car park… but turned out we’d just put the ticket in upside down and eventually managed to escape!
This was my first time properly in Arrowtown and it’s safe to say I’m in love! We had the best few days drinking in pubs playing cards and driving around. The town is so sweet and if anyone is heading to Queenstown please take time to grab some lunch in Arrowtown away from the tourist trap that is Queenstown! Our first night got pretty messy we ended up playing pool with a load of random old men! Charlie helped some 70 year old solve his WiFi problems and over all a very goodnight! The next day we went for a drive around and spent about 8 hours in one pub putting the world to rights!I have forgotten one very important event of our second day in Arrowtown and I feel like no words can articulate the hilarity that unfolded! First we headed to a Holistic Fayre it was A very strange experience and we escaped as quickly as possible all a little confused by what we had just experienced. The second hilarious thing happened whilst we were in the pub!! Janik was at the bar ordering drinks and I happened to turn around to see how he was getting on, upon doing this I noticed a man with the most hilarious haircut I have ever encountered. Immediately I couldn’t contain my laughter and it didn’t take long for Charlie to work out what I was laughing at!! This guys hair was receded to the middle of his head and then just stuck up … ah to hell with it I’ll never be able to explain how hilarious it was but Charlie will back me up it was funny! Janik came back with the drinks to find us both crying with laughter! We said our good byes the next day and after checking the oil in the car left for wanaka! To go to puzzling world! I’ve wanted to go here for ages and joe always says no so this might me my only chance and I was taking it! On the way we stopped to see the bras!
We arrived at puzzling world after a few u-turns thanks to my navigation and dived on in! Safe to say I enjoyed every minute and can’t wait to go back.
After leaving Wanaka we enjoyed the drive and the chat! I’ll take this opportunity to say that I didn’t realise until this trip just how much I’ve missed proper girl company! I don’t think either of us shut up the whole week but it felt good! We enjoyed the view and the chat on the way to our next destination. We were aiming for Franz Joseff but decided to just take it steady and see how we do! We ended up in Haast. Safe to say there is nothing in Haast but we had a chilled dinner and left early the next morning for franz!here we had the most amazing Asian inspired lunch in a pub called Snakebite we also enjoyed the shops and treated oursleves to some soap and more silver bling.
After our delicious lunch we moved on and arrived in Hokitika! Officially our last destination! Guess what…. we shopped some more! Had a few pints and picked up a takeaway pizza for dinner and more wine! I love Hokitika such a cute little seaside town filled with the nicest shops! If anyone’s headed that way make sure you visit the stone painter it’s the cutest little shop!
The next morning we wondered around the beach and paid a visit to the gorge! Even with the slightly murky water due to all the recent rain still a very beautiful destination worth a visit even on the gloomiest of days!
While in Hokitika we stayed at a campsite I’d been to before it has the cutest pig ever and everyone should stay there just to visit the pig!
With great sadness we started our route home! Taking in the stunning Arthur’s pass! We did have a road rage incident with a very stupid man who kept slamming on the breaks in front of us and then asked to get petrol before us because he was running out. But other than that our route home was chilled!
It want until wrote it all down that I realised how much we’ve done and I’m sure there are things I missed out. Thankyou so much Charlie I’ve had the best week and would have gone crazy without this break your company has been much appreciated! Thanks Joe for paying and that’s Janik for your hospitality! We shall be back to visit soon!
Sorry if there are spelling mistakes or if this is formatted weird did it on my phone with one hand and will proof read it properly later when I have more time! Love you all thanks for reading 🍭