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Big day of adventure!

sunny 25 °C
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We started off with the Shotover Jet.
It's a jetboat that does 360 turns in narrow river creeks. Awesome stuff!!!
Check it out on shotoverjet.com

Shotover jet boat

Shotover jet boat

Next activity was the Canyoning Swing. It starts off with 60 m free fall after that you will be swung 200 m over the gorge in 150 kph.
Quite a thrill! Of course Maria had to do it twice.\
Check if out on www.canyonswing.co.nz

At canyon swing base

At canyon swing base

Henke about to jump

Henke about to jump

Maria about to jump

Maria about to jump

Backwards multishot

Backwards multishot

We ended the day with a seafood platter downtown Queenstown.
Oysters suck big time!

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From Picton to Queenstown

sunny 22 °C
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It was time to leave Picton for Queenstown.
We decided to take the route along the western coast.
Since this was close to 900 km on quite slow roads we had to cut the journey in two.
We stayed at beautiful Fox Glacier for the night.
From Fox Glacier we took the way through Haast Pass and arrived in Queenstown on the afternoon.

Lake Rotoiti

Lake Rotoiti

Fox Glacier Town

Fox Glacier Town

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Knights Point

Knights Point

Thunder Falls

Thunder Falls

River Creek by Fantail Falls

River Creek by Fantail Falls

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Kayaking in Kenepuru Sounds

sunny 22 °C
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Next day we went up early again to hit the road to Portage bay where the kayaking was to start.
It was just us and our guide Marius .
It was windy, really big waves, the water splashed all over the kayak so we got wet though we had wet jacket.
We had to work hard to get into the more quiet bay.
Kayaking

Kayaking


We had a short break at a beach, very nice
Then we paddled to a mussel farm, and then paddled hard up to the top, then just floated towards the buoys with mussles beneath them.
Marius picked lot of mussels from the rope under the water. There where green, black and blue.
Mussels

Mussels


After cleaning them we paddled away along the other side of the bay looking for a new beach to have our mussle lunch.
Suddenly i saw something moving behind the trees at the water side, it was a fur seal.
According to Marius they are rarely seen in this area.
We found a beach and soon we where cooking the mussles and the taste was great.
Real gourmet food.
I mean pick, cook and eat fresh juicy mussles in an hour from picking them, that is really something we highly recommend.
Well a bottle of white wine would have made it even better of course ;-)
Mussels 2

Mussels 2


mussles ready to be cooked

mussles ready to be cooked

mussles just picked

mussles just picked

The sun was still shining and warm, it was only cold wind out on the water.
On our way back there were hard waves again, some bit we surfed on the waves by paddling extra fast when the wave came from behind. that was very funny.
We had such a great time and i recommend this Kayaking in Kenepuru sounds.

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Heading to south island

sunny 20 °C
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Went from hotel at 7 AM for the boat trip with Interislander to Picton
It was still windy but sunny so we where up on deck the first hour, we shot some nice pics on the archipelago and views over Wellington and Picton.
Picton

Picton


Arriving in Picton was nice, first thing we picked up a Passat combi, thats nice then we headed to the tourist office to book kayaking. We booked a motel called Brodway hotel on High street and then went for a walk at beautyful Bobbys way, it was really stunning.
We grabbed a bear on the old boat Ecco on our way back.
We went for dinner at Oxley at the rocks that was a little bit of a disappointment.
We heard some music in the pub so we went there to listen for a short while.
A man sant and play irish music and a girl played some strange instrument i never saw before, have to check that out.

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From Napier to Wellington

storm 18 °C
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We got up early to travel to Wellington.
The weather was rough, but that is a real travel day so no hard feelings.
The view was fantastic, all mountains and hills where covered by cows, sheeps or a lot of trees.
You dont see any empty squares anywhere.
We made a stop at Mount Bruce national wildlife center and walked in the rainforest, we saw Kiwis, but they where in a special building where they had reversed the hours so we would be able to see them awake.
They where much bigger than i thought.
After some coffe we continued our travel.
It is true like everyone told us, the trips takes much longer time that you believe, it was up and down and around because of all the mountains.
And on top of that rainy..
serpentine roads in rain

serpentine roads in rain


We came to Wellington around five to check in to our Ibis hotel that is very central.
We returned the car at Europcar because of a stupid roule that you couldn´t take the car to the southern island. Not anything they told us on hiring the car. :-(
After that we took a cab downtown for a walk in the very vindy harbour, it was the strongest wind i ever experienced. And that says a lot coming from Nynäshamn. The wind made people loose their balance..
Windy

Windy


We went up with the cable car to the lookout over the city, much better view then the night before at Bluff Hill.
Henke was happy to find a canon.
Henke is happy

Henke is happy


We went to bed early because the boat left 8.25 next morning

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