To the West Coast of the Mainland (south island), New Zealand

Now we have been to a town fit for a QUEEN! Can you guess it’s name?

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Queenstown!

From Philip and Diana’s home in Oamaru (more on that later), we drove the 3 hours to Queenstown.

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It looks like a dream

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On the way we looked at the elephant rocks. It is hard to believe that it used to be under the sea.

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We got back in the car and went on our way. Next stop had a river with people on boogie boards gliding down the rapids in the currents. It is called river surfing. They had wetsuits on because the water was freezing- it was snowing in the mountains in the distance!

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After that we traveled through countryside with grapevines and orchards, after all, this is a big part of New Zealand. Am I right?

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An old gold mining town on the river and vineyards all around

Finally, we reached our destination, Queenstown. Awaiting us in the morning at our home stay was a very nice Australian couple from Canberra. Aeron braided my hair and I braided hers.

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Nice to meet you Aeron and Troy!

Down to the town we went. There was a line of creative mailboxes down the street and beautiful views of the lake, shiny and sleek.

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The mail must go through

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Queensland is a ski town with several ski areas – Yay!

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That wasn’t all, because on our way back we saw an activity that might give you a heart attack. A bungee jump that is way high up, on a bridge.

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This is where bungee jumping was invented back in the 1970’s.

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I wanted to go jump off that bridge, but I am too young to do it — you have to be 10-years old.

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This now brings an end to my unabridged story!

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Okay – abridged story!

Look for more from your world trek reporter.

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I get my doggie-fix whenever I can! I miss my dog, Powder; and friends, classmates, neighbors and grandma — talk to you soon!

Keep Calm and Travel Around the World!

2 thoughts on “To the West Coast of the Mainland (south island), New Zealand

    • Well, what first pops into my head is home, because I miss it so much, but I think I would go back to Australia beacuase there is so much that we didn’t see, like dingoes, my favorite animals.

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