08.12.2008 - 12.12.2008 15 °C
Well now we are in New Zealand, in the south Island after we paid extra for 2 flights, from Auckland. It was hightly recommended that we travelled by camper van back up to Auckland as this was the way to experience New Zealand. I for one have never done camping or been in a camper van. The nearest I got to camping was having a chat with a friend.
Evy on the other hand is a die hard camper....
After a day in Christchurch we arrange to collect a van. Its pretty difficult to pick the right one. Others we had met chose a camper to their budget. Well, we were going to pick a camper that meets my comfort levels. So we took a camper that has a 2 ring cooker with grill, shower, toilet and a double bed. Disco ball was optional!!
Wow..... 800 meters above sea level was the Fox Glacier, 5 miles of Ice river, 2 miles wide, moving at about 1 to 4 metres a day. We took a Heli trek in the morning. We were not sure it will happen due to bad weather. Today we were lucky... the trip was on! Later due to bad weather all other trips were cancelled for the day.
On the way to Kaikoura we stopped at a hot spring. It didn't look all that but we took a chance. We took a option for a private spa room ;-). The water was very warm, around 45 oC, with black algy. It did not look very nice but it felt good!
The weather was not that great but we had 3 sightings of a whale. Followed by a group of Dusky Dolphins. We were out to sea for about 3 hours and the sea was pretty choppy. We took sea sickness pills to help. We were lucky, others on the trip did not and it got a little messy :-(