I was very sad to leave Queenstown but I suppose I had to at some point. our next stop was Mount Cook national park.The day we arrived it was puring down and we could not even see the mountains next to us. it snowed overnight and we woke up to clear blue skies.
The Pictures say it all - it was on a par with the glacier walk, although this time I managed not to fall at all . We did a 6 hour walk up to the Hooker valley wher you get fantastic views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.Now for the factual bit, Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in Australasia at 3755m and is more trecherous than Mount Everest to climb. It takes a seven day trek to climb it and only a few tours leave per year.
We left Mount Cook on friday 13th, and our bus tour left without us! NICE! They arrived at 11.30 and the driver was not meant to depart until 12.30 but she left anyway. Luckily we managed to get on another bus to where we needed but the panic started to set in being stuck in the middle of nowhere.
That afternoon we arrived at Rangitata to chill out before our White water rafting adventures on saturday! So I did get a little nervous about this. But it was absolutley amazing. We did upto grade 5 rapids, which is the hardest you can commercially ride, had a fantastic group of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish. We spent 2 and half hours on the water. I even did a 10m jump off into the water. There was a moment when I wondered if i'd come up for air or not!
Saturday evening seen us arrive in Christchurch wher I will stay until tuesday when I fly home. Its been an amazing trip and I will be sad to leave NZ, it has definatley won me over. Thanks for all your email and messages, sorry if I havent replied but they have all been appreciated. See you all soon! xxxxx