Just got back from New Zealand, which was a total blast! I met all sorts of people from around the world, and managed to find a few friends from Australia and England as well. I didn't get the chance to check out the Milford Sounds, as I was busy doing the 134 meter bungee when I was in Queenstown (so fun, even as I was pissing my pants
). One night, I partied with a bunch of random Kiwis at the bar in Taupo and got an invite to crash at their house instead of the hostel! Hiking up the glacier at Franz Josef was a definite scenic highlight. The Monteith brewery tour at Greymouth was a great social moment for me, and a chance to get wasted with intellectual British girls
. Black water rafting at the Waitomo Caves was an extremely fun experience.
The only bad things were the fact that the weather turned to crap in most of the south island, especially along the west coast. I wanted to swim with dolphins in Akoroa, but the winds forced them to cancel any swims that day when I showed up. The biggest bummer is the fact that I'm home now, and must return to my life of seldom excitement or interaction...
I will try and post pictures of my trip soon..