It's been a busy week!
18.11.2007 - 24.11.2007
I am currently staying in a place called the Glow worm cottages (i had to didn't I!) and I'm on an internet bus... actually an old bus which now houses 9 pcs... odd huh!?
Well, so far New Zealand is being utterly amazing! We drove up to Kaikoura as planned and ended up staying there for a few days. There was just so much to do there, we didn't want to leave. John Boy did his Open Water course in 2 days! Very proud of him especially since his first diving experience was negative. I also got to dive again which was great... However, it was incredibly different to diving in Fiji! The seaweed and general underwater plant life was so hard to wade through and made swimming out to the dive point really difficult. I managed 2 of the 4 dives before my little legs just wouldn't kick anymore.
We went swimming with the dusky dolphins in the morning of our second day there. An unbelievable experience! There were litterally hundereds of them and we are just dropped off a boat into the middle of them. At first, it is so cold and the visability under the surface is so bad, it's a bit unnerving but i warmed up very quickly when a group of 5 dolphins started playing with me. You are told to make noises through the snorkel to keep their attention and I was mostly laughing the whole time, which seemed to work obviously! We swam with them at 4 different points each one getting more exciting. Apparently the dolphins like to circle you to see if you can keep up... it is so tiring! It really is no wonder my legs were giving up on me!
This was followed on the 3rd day by whale watching! Could it really get any better?! We saw 2 sperm whales on the surface of the water. Although you can really only see the top of their backs as far as the dorsal fin, it is enough to imagine the size of them under the surface. They are magnificent, I had never imagined how huge they really are! The second one we saw was being irritated by the dusky dolphins playing around it so it didn't surface for long, it got annoyed and flicked its tail and humphed back down into the water.
The night of the last two dives, myself, John, and Jack, the other guy doing his course at the same time, didn't get out of the water until 8pm, so Nigel, the instructer, took us back to his house for dinner. There was nothing else open in town so we bought some easy food between the 3 of us and his wife helped us cook up dinner. It was so kind of them and we had such a lovely night.
I was quite sad leaving Kaikoura, I hope we get to go back there soon.
At the minute, we are in Franz Joseph having just climbed the glacier here. Started out at 8:15am and got back around 5pm... it was pretty much a solid climb for the whole day! I had really no idea what to expect from a glacier, having never seen one I had no picture in my head of what it would be like. It was breathtaking! The guides were actually hacking out steps for us to climb as we went! Through huge valleys and crevasses, up steep inclines and down sheer ice faces... It was hard work but utterly worth it. I am falling asleep as I type now but what a day!
Heading down to Te Anau in the morning, planning to dive in Milford Sounds on Monday and then visit the caves on Tuesday before heading off. The plan from there is that there is no plan, and I love it! I'm not sure when I'll get online again, so it may be a week till the next blog again... I'll work on getting more photos on as well.