This has been a CRAzY year! Do not fear we shall not end it without the final installment of New Zealand adventures 😀
Now where did we leave off…
Oh yeah…We left off with Wine day in Christchurch…
Now we shuffle on down to Dunedin:
We made it down and found a tunnel to the beach
A majestic land
Hand standing in the sand
A view of the beach from the top of the arch
The tide was coming in while we were down there and my shoes got soaked!
When we were on the edge at the far side of the arch we could feel the waves crashing into the rock!!!
We stayed in a bungalow and Richard did his fair share of creeping
On a rainy day in Dunedin we took a tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.
They even gave us special newlywed chocolates!
We then spent time looking for penguins
Called lover’s leap
On our first attempt we only found wilderness and beaches til one night….
We ended up seeing 32 lil blue PENGUINS!
These lil blue penguins are the smallest of all penguins getting no bigger than 13 in.
As they approach their nests they are very, VERY loud.
After Dunedin we started a day trip through The Catlins.
A lil green caterpillar caught a ride and we saw a rainbow
We stopped by the Lost Gypsy Gallery but they were closed for the season 😦
We also found Teapot World!
Then we went and found beautiful Waterfalls:
These alluring falls behind me are the Purakaunui Falls
These are the Matai Falls!
While we were there we wanted to take a picture that ended up a bigger adventure:
What are we looking at?
I was keeping an eye on it…
He looks like he is up to something….
That is a boiled egg!
He is on his way to fetch the boiled egg I dropped trying to take silly pictures…
He’s not happy about this…
its in the fall water 😀
The water must be COLD
Hurray for long arms!
HAHAHAHA I’ll let you guess what he was saying
I even found a vine swing that held my weight!
We had some fun on all these trails in the Catlins
This is the only picture of Curio Bay….It took Richard a loooong time to finally spot the dolphins (you probably cannot 😦 see them in this picture) that live there. We heard multiple stories from locals how if you are swimming in the water they will come up to you. They are hector’s dolphins. They kinda look like baby killer whales and are the smallest (at about 1.4m) and rarest dolphins.
Richard’s first look at Lake Wakatipu that feeds Queenstown’s local water supply. It is the longest and third largest lake in NZ.
Breathtaking views as we made it into Queenstown.
Our first stop was up the skyline
Where we took pictures that made us look photo-shopped.
We even had Wall-E join us
Look at that blue water and snow capped mountains!
This was made completely out of jelly beans
While we were above the city we went luge riding! SO MUCH FUN
Hot chocolate and latte during our break between runs
Our second day was spent on an all day trip through Milford Sound:
I don’t know what he was laughing at but I love this picture.
We stopped at Monkey Creek and filled our water bottles
The fast water created these phenomenal natural wonders in the rock
This is our boat we took into the sound
There were many falls along the mountains
The end of Milford Sound (It is actually a fjord) and into the Ocean
This photo is of an actual fault line!
Breathtaking views from the boat
The boat even made its way under a waterfall!
One day we went on an EXTREME Canyon Swing.
This is actually where it all took place.
*trying to remember to breathe*
Later that day we spent some time in quaint Arrowtown
Where Richard was required to wait outside
Except when we went in for a spot of the worlds best Earl Grey tea at the old
Postmaster’s cottage in town!
To end our day we took a picturesque hiking trail with… bluebonnets? lol
Our very last day consisted of a survival hike guided by Pete of You vs Wild
We ended up at this very old cottage that you can actually rent out from the department of conservation in NZ.
Pete was the absolute BEST!!!
On our last night we went to a pub where a duo who had been playing on the street earlier that day just so happened to be performing. I bought both of their cd’s. The were extraordinary! Phil & Tilley. One plays guitar while the other plays double bass. *MELT*
And to end our journey:
A sneak peak of our last night’s stay
Honeymoon Suite in Queenstown
The view from our first flight’s window
And the icing on Richard’s cake…We took Smaug as our ride home to the US!
And that my friends is where THAT journey ends!
Our glorious honeymoon. I cannot wait to go back and only have the tingling kind of feelings as I type and post pictures for you all to see.
Fear not our adventures have continued pengminions and we are excited to share them with you…
Til next time
Some words to live by:
DON’T FORGET TO
ENJOY THE RIDE
we each have our own.
don’t fear it, live it!