So, our last day has finally arrived and we spent most of it either flying or driving. We left our ant-hill early to make sure we were at the airport over 4 hours before we needed to just in case something impossible happened. Therefore we were awake at 4:30 for a 7:00 flight. This was pretty uneventful and we picked up the best rental car so far (lots of cracks on the dashboard, broken shock absorbers, very bad brakes etc. although a spacious boot). We had an excellent breakfast cooked for us of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and tomatoes before making our way to Hamilton for the day. The lack of sleep for all of us began to show as we struggled to stay awake for the journey but we made it and went spent some of the afternoon repacking our bags ready for tomorrow (although somewhat surprisingly, I still need to pack mine…). After this exciting turn of events, we then went shopping for some food for the evening, before sitting down with our last helping of fush n chups to watch Anchorman (milk was a bad choice).
Our flight is at 12:10 tomorrow and for our final blog we decided to list our favourite bits, least favourite bits, memorable quotes, best comments and awards. Thanks to everyone for following us on our fantastic adventure, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it!
Joe ‘Juliaaa Gillaaaaaaard’ Geraerts
Skydiving (baby) – Franz Josef Quad Biking – Ninety Mile Beach
Bungy – (just Joe) Queenstown
Fergburger – Queenstown
Skiing – Cardrona
Franz Josef Glacier – Franz Hoe-seph
Mitai Maori Evening – Rotorua
Hobbiton – Matamata
Singing really loud to music – All over NZ
Snapping a Spoon in half on Ice Cream – Dunedin
Singing ‘Ironic’ with one of ‘The Wiggles’
Whale watching – Kaikoura
Hot water Springs – Taupo
Bohemian Rhapsody – Somewhere between Dunedin and Christchurch (Video to follow)
Shooting stars – Kaikoura
Road tripping – New Zealand!
Skydiving take 1
Hot Water Beach
Lake Mahinapua Portacabins
Girl stripping to jump in lake
Attempted murder of a whole Penguin colony
8 bed mixed dorm. Enough Said
The worst Carbanara in history
Missing the largest hot water pool in Rotarua
‘Can you put this in your hole?’ – Joe
‘She has a face that looks sore.’ – Emily
‘Hannah, can you see the sky tower?’ – Joe
‘What time shall we set the alarm?’ – Emily
‘Hey, Good Morning’ – Joe
‘This. Is. Huge.’ *Rapid Blinking*
‘Oup, there it is!!’ – Emily
‘So do we get photos and photos?’ – Chris
‘Alpaca that’ – Chris
‘This trip has our Seal of approval’ – Hannah
‘Hey Guyths, wait up’
‘You’d have to be a f*!king moron to get lost’ – Drunk Youth Hostel Woman
‘Forty of those’ – Brucey
‘Have I been on this tour before, EMILY?’ – Joe
‘They’re not moobs, they’re pecs!’ – Joe
‘Why would they even do that?’ – Hannah
‘…..hello??’ – Wanaka Youth Hostel Woman
‘You only get one chance to strip on a glacier’
‘Bump… Oohh’ – Joe
‘You can’t fall off this raft unless you’re not concentrating or asian’ – Rafting Lady
‘The 2nd scoop is $1.50 extra’ 0_o
Most Gullible moment: Emily believing there was a 23 minute time difference between the North and South Island.
Most confused moment: Chris confused about if we get photos and photos or just photos and two videos.
Best Pun: ‘We missed the Dam turning’ – Taupo
World’s most morbid driving signs: ‘Drink Drive. Die in a ditch’
‘No Doctor, No hospital. One cemetary’
‘You’re a long time dead so what’s the hurry’
Winner of the Accommodation award: Franz Josef YHA
Most Overcome Fear: Emily – Bridges (well done Emily!!)
Most repetitions of the phrases ‘Guys’ ‘Grab a bite to eat’ ‘Kodak moment’: Toddy
Most trips in a trip/falls in water: Chris
Highest score on the Autism Test: Joe (34)
Lowest score on the Autism Test: Hannah (5)
Loudest scream: Emily (Recorded at a distance of 3 miles)
Most suggested activity: Botanical Gardens (by Joe)
Most hit on by guys: Joe (Give it to me give it to me give it to me)
Most commented: Barry and Janet Eager (Congratulations!!! We’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments,)
Biggest fail at driving: Emily driving with the handbrake on for 100m.
Most watched film: Pitch Perfect.
Most annoying quote: ‘Shorty get dowwwwn’
Joe ‘Flashing Asians since 1992’ Geraerts
Chris ‘I just threw some forbidden fruit at her back’ Eager
Hannah ‘I like to thwow water over a cwiff edge egg’ Wisden
Emily ‘Is there a Q&A?’ Trudgian
Joe’s dead bird.
Breakfast this morning. (Thanks Shane, Steph, and Christina!!)
Flea and Toddy (Jed, get out of our lives)
Drunk Lady in Kaiteriteri
Joe for driving (everyone mad). You made the whole trip slightly less stressful with the help of your impeccable iPhone battery.
Jak, Chrissy and Lily-Ray for having us to stay, it can’t have been easy.
Our parents for responding well under very sudden monetary requests.
Our parachutes, for keeping us alive.
The lady that towed Hannah across a lake in a kayak. You probably saved her life that day.
And finally our Readers and loyal fans of which there are probably a maximum of 5 and a half. You made the blog worth it.
A Note from the Editor: Kevin the Kiwi
Let’s be honest, it’s been a long journey. I would love to say I’m proud of this blog, but I’m not. Filled with profanities, embarrassing stories and low brow comedy, it’s been a disgrace to publish. I hope you don’t think too low of me. Having been lost, locked in a car, used as bait for multiple animals and run over, I have the utmost pleasure in assuring you that I will be returning to England as soon as possible to further my career as a stuntman and novelist. Thank you for all your support and interest in my welfare, most noticeably Barry, Janet and Cathy. I hope never to be associated with these four morons again. Long live the Kiwi.
Many kind Sniffles and Snuffles
Kevin the Kiwi
*No animals were harmed in the making of this blog apart from countless possums, sand-flies, gassed ants, Kevin on multiple occasions and the bird Joe hit with the car.