Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Road trip!

Zorbing was invented here: rolling down a hill
in a big rubber ball filled with water
Mark and Conrad finally got to test out their new tent and it turns out that it effectively shields them from Matt's snoring and most other background noises. It's a good thing too because there are a lot of people camping in many of the places we visited and they are not shy about plopping their tents within a few feet of yours. We're used to a little more breathing room when we camp. On the plus side, the toilets are usually clean(ish) and stocked with toilet paper at the Department of Conservation sites.

Waterfalls and a glacier at Mt. Aspiring
My goal for this trip was to make sure that Mark and Conrad got to see a glacier and a mountain. Check and check. We tried to alternate death hikes (if you ask the kids) with some 'fun' activities. Our visit to Queenstown was almost a repeat of our visit 15 years ago (Shotover Jet, gondola, and luge) but we got to see a lot of new things too. We skipped the bungee jumping and river sledging this time but the boys did watch some bungeeing. It turns out that this is not necessarily a PG-rated activity. They learned a few new words and gestures in the process.

Lake Matheson

When can I stop walking?
Franz Josef Glacier
Mt. Aspiring
Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo
Skate park in Wanaka
Panning for gold in Arrowtown
Shantytown in Arrowtown where Chinese immigrants lived
while they panned for gold
A hot spring river and waterfall.

Zorb in action
Sculpting school at Te Puia
Pohutu Geyser heating up
Shotover Jet.


  1. Great photos!! I want to try zorbing.

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  3. Me too, I wanna go zorbing!

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