When John came to stay! 

 Work is going really well and is good fun but tiring! It’s still relatively slow at the moment but we’re looking forward to  calving which starts soon so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of updates about working life soon. But this post is all about partying, so get your seat belts on it’s been wild….

We’d known for a while that John was coming over to watch the lions tour and Joe had been planning what to do with him. Plans were vague and so were details…. but eventually we got some dates and booked an extra day off! We headed into Christchurch to meet John straight after work and The boys started on the beers.

We talked about what to do over the next 3 days and decided that a trip to Queenstown was a must. We got a relatively early night and got up early the next morning. We started looking at options for where to stay before we left and I suggested a hostel I found online, the boys agreed so we booked it. We all piled into the car and I had a nice read of War and Peace while they talked about life in general after all everyone has a lot to catch up on. We’d decided on the way to stop at the lake Tekapo spa….. I got bored of hearing Tek-a-po jokes and was glad when we arrived! We got changed and headed for the hot pools! Despite being initially slightly over run by children we had a good relax and admired the view! The highlight was definitely jumping in the plunge pool with advice from Joe “don’t put your head under or you might die” good one babe! 😂

After 2 and a half hours of relaxation we jumped back in the car and headed the rest of the way to Queenstown! This leg of the drive was spectactular. It was the road that just kept giving. I even managed to sneak in a little nap and then ta da! We made it to Queenstown. First things first… we got checked into the hostel and headed out. The hostel of choice was nomads and although nice and including a sauna and cinema it was an alcohol free zone and the boys were not impressed. So on the hunt for beer it is. I’d looked up a few places and it wasn’t long before we bumped into one of the places i’d seen recommended. Cowboys did not disapoint…. and everyone was satisfied with the size of the beer!!!! 🍺 The place is like a fake American saloon, cheesy as hell but a good laugh, filled with taxidermy and a bucking bronco let’s see where this takes us.

After a few too many steins we needed to find food and opted for flames a very classy restaurant that I would recommend. We all had steak and then all wondered around for where to go next…….

We opted for a place called rhinos or something like that! (Advertised as a ski shak) And there were some good tunes and lots of lovely ladies for John, the dance moves came out a plenty! And the night was drank and danced away in style!!! Relatively early night of around 2.30am and bed. We were sharing our hostel room with 3 American siblings who to put it politely were a little tame. They got the shock of their lives when Joe went to the toilet and didn’t quite make it leaving him to use his tshirt as pants on the way back just to realise he’d left his key! One of the American girls let him in and her face was a picture!!!! We headed out for breakfast! At Joe’s garage a chain in New Zealand that Joe and I have previously experianced and can highly recommend for good food!!! I had a bacon sandwich John had a breakfast burrito and Joe had a pot of salmon. You heard me a whole breakfast menu to choose from and Joe has a pot of Salmon. Each to their own!

We had previously spent a lot of time discussing what activities we should do the next day! As one thing I will say about Queenstown is if you visit you will not be bored! Suggestions were bungee jumping, paragliding, skiing, kayaking, hiking, drinking and the list goes on. In the end I came up with the winning idea which was a gondola to the top of the mountain and a luge! It was a really good day in all! We got to the top and spent some time admiring the view which once again was stunning.

We went on the luge which was great fun and then had a few beers and watched some people bungee jump! On the way down in the gondala (which went right past the posh restaurant and bar) the boys decided it would be a good idea to get their bums out of the window! I felt like I was on a school trip but secretly found the whole thing quite hilarious!!!! We stopped at London bar for lunch (pizza) and gathered our thoughts for the evening. Rugby is a must and obviously a few drinks! Home to the hostel for a power nap. We headed back to London bar to watch the rugby and then wondered around the town! We had a few free tickets to an ice bar and thought we’d check that out but it was fully booked! We’d previously walked past a place called Zephyr and I’d seen it online during my researching as a rock bar! I thought I’d try my luck and asked the boys if we could go in! To my surprise it was a yes and we settled down at the bar with our first round of our preferred spirits! The wall behind the bar was covered in Polaroid of half naked people in the bar, John was desperate for a photo on the wall but all in good time we told him. The night was great the music better and the company made it! The topic of conversation turned towards Johns bucket list but I’ll leave the rest to the imagination. We discovered a shot called mini beer! We don’t know what it is but if you’re ever offered it take it! It’s amazing!!!!! We should know we drank enough of it!!!! The night got wild and we all had a brilliant  time! The next morning Joe was very hungover we couldn’t initially find John but he turned up in the end and we all piled into the faithful red rocket to head back home. On the way back we discussed the events of the weekend and laughed together about what a good time we’d had and what plans we had for the future. Joe stopped to be sick about 4 times before we’d left queenstown, John took over the driving and Joe fell asleep in the back we only made one more stop for Joe to have an emergency poo!

We made it back safe and sound with a few crazy memories! Thanks for coming John it has been a pleasure and we’ve had a great weekend that wouldn’t of been half as mental if it wasn’t for you!

Now the answer to the question you’ve all been asking yourselves……. did we make it onto the Zephyr wall of fame?
*parents look away now*

What the hell do you think?


Paris X


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