Finishing up South Island Trip



Living out of a backpack, jumping hostel to hostel, cramming in as much touristy stuff as possible, spending many hours everyday on a bus… I wouldn’t have it any other way! I finished up traveling around the south island on Saturday the 24th and am now back in Palmerston North for a week or so before heading back to Rotorua for some more kick ass mountain biking. Here are some pics from the last few days of my backpacking fun.

Those mountains in the back ground were in some shots of Lord of the Rings

Havin a sweet time kayaking in Lake Tekapo

Sarah and I splashing around
You wish you were this “really really really incredibly good looking”

Chillin outside the library in Dunedin. Yeah, I’m that cool

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Always eating

Funky corn dog in Christchurch

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The Boulders



On the road to Lake Tekapo, the magic bus (the bus company I’m traveling with) stopped at The Boulders. These amazing round rocks are just dropped right in the middle of a beach. No one knows how they got there, maybe it was aliens. I’m sure if I had just read the signs it would have told me where they came from, but its more fun to pretend its something odd and mysterious.

They were scattered all over the beach

I almost picked that one up, but not quite
Got that one off the ground just a bit

I got hungry after all that boulder lifting and had a hefty snack of kelp

What can I say… I like climbing on things 🙂

Rock Hoppin

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I Owned the Worlds Steepest Street!



Well, maybe I didn’t “own” it, but I totally showed it whats up! I was so excited to get the chance to run up the steepest street in the world! Check it out…

The Worlds Steepest Street?!? I bet I can run up that!

That’s nothing. Watch this!

It may not look like much from here, but when you get about 3/4 of the way up, its like running up 3 steps on a staircase each foot step! It hurt so good. I would love to do repeats up that!
Everybody else was taking this picture, so we thought we should too
That’s no optical illusion

It just seemed like so much fun at the time!
(sorry I couldn’t get the video to turn)
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Food Food Food



On one of our days or travel we decided to photograph everything I ate. It ended up be a bit more that I would have thought.

Pizza for breakfast
Soup and a roll for lunch. Carrot cake for dessert

Chocolate for a mid day snack

Eggs, hash browns, and baked beans for second breakfast

Yogurt for a snack

Then Mexican for dinner

That pepper in my beer gave it a bit of a kick

And just for fun (on another night) we went to Ferdburger and scarfed down some MASSIVE burgers and onion rings. Yummy!

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Milford Sound



Sarah, Paul, Ali, Keira, and I hopped on a bus from Queenstown to Milford Sound to see what all the fuss was about. And boy o boy was it worth it! The pictures definitely don’t do it justice, but you’ll at least get a glimpse of the massivenessousity and gorgousnisty of it all (Bushism’s).

Getting soaked under a waterfall

The views were immense

A pack of dolphins decided to give us a show and swim next to the boat for a bit
On our drive back to Queenstown the bus was stopped by a massive herd of sheep. There had to be nearly a 1000 of them!

There was also a bit of celebration on the bus for one other American and myself on January 21st (January 20th back in the States). We were slightly less embarrassed to call ourselves Americans now that we no longer have a monkey running the country. We are now hopeful, instead of fearful, of the future of our country and its affects on the world.

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