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Game Plan for New Zealand

We’re now kinda sorta back to real time again on the blog. We left the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday and flew to Christchurch. We luckily got bumped up to an exit row of three seats: Mike on the aisle, Hanna in the middle, and a random thirtysomething Kiwi guy by the window. What should have been an easy three hour flight in which Hanna got some shuteye was anything but.  Kiwi guy sat spread eagle the whole flight (granted he was quite tall) and fell asleep immediately. He breathed through his mouth, took up the whole armrest, and inched his entire right leg into Hanna’s space.  Seriously his entire leg took up half of Hanna’s foot space. Needless to say, Hanna audibly sighed a lot, muttered bitchy comments, and took up half of Mike’s space. Awesome.

We have two weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, and boy, are we ready to drive. On our last trip, we took our time going down the East Coast only to be derailed by Hanna’s pneumonia. We had basically a week to speed up the West Coast, so on this trip, we will attempt to see what we sped by last time.

Our Chariot. It’s a Toyota Vitz, But Mike Keeps Forgetting and Calling It a Yitz.

Our Chariot. It’s a Toyota Vitz, But Mike Keeps Forgetting and Calling It a Yitz.

Our goals this time around? Discovering the beauty of Milford Sound on a cruise, doing some sort of adventure in Queenstown, actually seeing more of the glaciers, relaxing in thermal springs, swimming with wild dolphins (Mike only…Hanna’s worried about getting seasick on the ride out), and seeing more sheep. We won’t have WiFi everywhere we go, so posting might be sporadic. We shall see.

Our first drive from Christchurch down to Dunedin included a stop at a cookie factory:

Huge Bag of Broken Cookies for NZ $6.50 (About US $5.40).

Huge Bag of Broken Cookies for NZ $6.50 (About US $5.40).

Hanna Enjoying Said Cookies in the Yitz.

Hanna Enjoying Said Cookies in the Yitz.

Off to a good start, right?

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