Artist: Amy Winehouse
Album: Back To Black [2007]
Track: Rehab
Why: For some reason most people got this song stuck to there heads. So instead of just saying “no” everyone sings “no no no”. Starts to get pretty annoying cos I don’t really like this song…

Rain rain rain and then some rain. Since we arrived at Picton with the ferry it has been raining almost every day. First stop was Abel Tasman national park. I was really looking forward to this stop and to do a three day hike here but it was just pouring down. Hope to go back here later and try the hike again. because all the rain, clouds and mist I could hardly see the surrounding but just before we left with the bus it cleared up a bit and the beach was beautiful.

Now and then they put in a two day stop, Barrytown is one of these places. Don’t know why they choose Barrytown because it’s the worst place so far. Not only were there hardly anything to to there (except dressing up as a texas hooker with moonboots) but the hostel was dirty, kitchen smaller than our room and most things out of order. Couldn’t even supply us with enough warm water. But it did have a nice beach were, if you are lucky, can find some greenstone. I’m however not so lucky as you might have guessed…

Further south and more rain. Franz Josef is another place looked forward to. Here you can get a chance to do a glacier walk with guides. I was well up for a full day on the glacier but bailed the day before. Mainly for the shitty weather but also that I know I’ll get a second chance with my family in November. Matt who also skipped the glacier walk after an email saying in capital letters “do not do the walk if the weather is bad”. So instead of getting up way to early in the morning we had a late breakfast before we hed out on a walk. I had all my camera equipment with me and got some nice shots of small waterfalls and creeks. I have to buy a rain protected camera though. It wasn’t raining all the time but enough to get my camera wet. But i finally got some use of my gore tex pants and my new hiking boots works like a charm. Mat however did not have any waterproof boots so I put some logs out for him on the worst places. The track we walked took us thru a beautiful forest and all the way up the the start of the glacier. I’m so glad i did this walk instead of the expensive glacier one. Almost 17km later and 5 hours of walking we arrived back at the hostel and straight into the spa pool before some time in the sauna.

Makarora and finally some sun! When most of the people either went jet boating, flying or took the bus to some blue pools me and Maria set of on a hard hike up to the ridge, 2.5 hours straight uphill tampering roots, rocks and bad fitness level. But it was well worth it once we got over the treeline and we could see the view over the snowy peaks. The last section took us about 20 minutes up and not even 5 minutes down. All the way down to the village took about an hour.

Home of Fergburgers! Yes I’m down in Queenstown right now and have been here a few days. will spend four nights here before I’m heading to Milford Sound and the Steward Island. I was expecting something else from this city but I’m so glad it wasn’t like that. Queenstown is a very qute little city, guess I’m lucky arriving in the middle of high seasons. The winter season has just ended and it’s still a bit to cold for summer season. So It’s not as busy as it normally is. Everywhere you look you see people with serious bikes like Specialized or Trek and everyone is carrying a Nalgene bottle or wearing Arc’teryx jackets. This is really a place I could move to for a couple of month. After Steward Island I think I’ll stay here for a week to check out the mounting bike tracks around the city. With all the bars around here this was the perfect place to celebrate Nicoles birthday. She turned 22 two days ago so after alot of beers they all went out to Buffalos, mainly because we get 2 for 1 when showing our key from Bumble’s. I wish I was in better mood for partying cos they all seemed to have great fun. It got a little better after Mal forced me to drink five awful shots.
Cheers buddy!