During my first few day I tried a few different activites. The first one after Milford Sound was a short activity which was the Shotover Jet. It was great fun!
The next activity was 1/2 day canyoning; in total 4 hours with us being active for 2 hours. This activity involved ziplining, abseiling, jumping down waterfalls, going or swimming through narrow passsageways and cascading down chutes in the Queenstown canyon. It was great fun but also a challenging experience for me mostly due to my fear of heights which (embarrasingly) made me cry when we got to a cliffside where we had to abseil down the canyon side and then get to the side of the river and then get into the water. I must say though that have done abseiling before in Czech Republic before on a schooltrip so I knew I was going to be fine, however my fear of heights has changed a lot for the worse, so I was still not quite able to control the tears. I still did it and kind of enjoyed it all the while being very scared. The ziplining was very fun and I did not cry when I had to do that, but I did subconsciously hold my breath from “take off” to “landing” and didn’t realise before I was clipped of the zipline. It was a great experience but for the scenery but also to push my limits and to get through my fears. (I didn’t get any pictures on this activity “unfortunately”)
The following day I went on a horsetrek with Dart Stables in Glenorchy where we rode through small rivers, on the grassy planes and through forest. We were sh0own different filming locations from Lord of the Rings and also about our horses’ backgrounds. My horse’s name was Trevor and was Prince Caspians horse in the film Prince Caspian. Two of the horses in front of me had been in Lord of the Rings: Riders of Rohan and other horses from their stables had been in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. We got to see the Richerdson Mountains and the Humboldt Mountains aka Misty Mountains (LOTR). Our guide also pointed out locations from specific scenes in the films e.g. where Frodo drops the ring and Boromir picks it up. It was great day albeit a bit long in terms of how much time it took to get sorted and get the actual trek started.
I had from very early on decided that I was going to stay in Queenstown for a while, so the plan was to find a place to live and a job. After a relatively short job search I was offered a job as Front of House staff in Bespoke Kitchen where I was working for three months (my visa won’t allow me to work for the same company for more than three months) meanwhile. While working there I was sharing a house in Fernhill, with a few other great people, which is just a 10 minute busdrive away from the centre of Queenstown going towards Glenorchy.
I have gone to the beach further a little down the road from Fernhill, and also enjoyed the sun at Moke Lake with my now former housemates.
I went for a mostly nice walk in the forest at Fernhill and I tried walkin the Fernhill Loop track. However perhaps a third way through the loop, a massive tree had fallen across the track and I had to turn around. I also slipped on the side of the path and nearly slid down the hillside but luckily I go a hold of the side of the trail and pulled myself up without any big bruises but my pride and feeling of safety of the trail. However, I continued until I reached the fallen tree. I never went back that way again.
I also did roughly half of the Ben Lomond track with Johanna, whom I met and worked with in River Valley.
I had a good time living there (and seeing the occasional cute little dog) and really enjoyed the amazing sunrises and sunsets and also working in Bespoke Kitchen. I will definitely visit the cafe next time I get to Queenstown.
I am now continuing my trip on the Kiwi Experience bus, but only for a short trip as I will be WWOOFing near Christchurch in Rolleston for two weeks and then from there continue back up to Auckland. Where I will celebrate Flynn’s birthday and then meet my very missed twinsister Linnea who is coming to the gorgeus Aotearoa/=the land of the long white cloud aka New Zealand on 20th May!