Saturday, September 29, 2012

Milford Sound

My flat plus another friend drove up to Milford Sound on Friday morning. Once again, we got incredibly lucky with the weather. It rains about 200 days of the year there, but we had clear, sunny skies for both days we were there.

Driving into Fiordland we stopped at Mirror Lake, and then had a picnic along the banks of Lake Gun.

We hiked part of the Routeburn track to Key Summit (on the opposite side of the mountain from my previous trip). It was only about a 2 hour hike to get to a stunning view of the area.

That night we saw our first glimpse of the Milford Sound, about a 10 minute walk from our hostel.

 The next day we went kayaking on the Milford Sound. Never been to a more beautiful spot.

Our group had an odd number so I kayaked with another American. He was an avid kayaker- I'd say I got pretty lucky.

 We got to see a fur seal and 3 penguins. So cute!

The wind was strong on the way back causing massive waves. Felt like we were in the ocean. Our guide put our kayaks together (there were 4 in the group) and hooked up a sail. Never even heard of sailing from a kayak so that was such a cool experience.

FYI: Daylight savings time here- now 17 hours ahead

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

St. Claire

This week I've just been taking advantage of what Dunedin has to offer. I went to the Otago rugby game with my program on Tuesday. No where near as exciting as the All Blacks but we had front row seats which was pretty cool.

Thursday my flat did the Speight's Brewery tour. It was about a 30 minute tour with another 30 minutes of open tap - not a bad night.

Friday afternoon I went with Hannah, Jamie, and two other friends to St. Claire beach. It's about a 10 minute drive away. Such a nice day to hang out on the beach.

The rest of the weekend I just hung outside all day and tossed the rugby ball around. It was a perfect weekend to just relax in the sun.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


We've had the craziest weather this week. I got to wear shorts for the first time since I've been here and play in snow, all within a span of 3 days.

On Friday morning, Hannah and I decided to be ambitious and got up at 6am to hike the Pineapple Track. It's a local hike that gives an amazing view of the city. We made it (just barely) in time to see the sunrise.

Saturday night I got to watch my first ever rugby game. And you can't get any more official than the All Blacks. It was their first game in the new stadium, so it was the biggest event of the year. Definitely ranks among one of my top nights here.