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“This is the craziest thing I’ve ever done”

See I told you I was going to blow up my blog with posts, that’s  because I am trying to catch up.

The weekend after my trip to Picton I did a day trip up to Arthur’s pass with two of my flatmates mainly lto get some hiking boots that one of them left behind but also to do some hiking!

Our first stop on the way was McDonald’s no joke…we picked up the rental car and got McDonald’s because we are classy like that. Anyway our first REAL stop was Castle Hills. Basically they’re gigantic rocks and they’re really cool. Fun fact they filmed parts of The Chronicles Of Narnia at this location but I couldn’t tell you which scenes because it has been so long since I have seen that movie. In any case it was awesome!

The next stop was to pick up the hiking boots and then hit up Devil’s Punchbowl track. For those who don’t know a track is just a hiking trail. Anyway it was about a 25 minute hike to the lookout point for the falls. We then decided to go off the beaten path and climb up even closer to the falls which were epic! By far one of the best hikes I have done in my life!  We hung out for a bit, took some pictures and then headed back to the car.

Our final stop stop was cave stream. What this is is a steam, running through a cave that you walk through and climb out the other side. It’s freezing, you get pretty wet and if you don’t have a flashlight you are out of luck. It took some serious pressure from my flat mates to convince me just to go, I really didn’t want to. in the end though I got in and my legs immediately went numb because that water is cold and you start off in a waist high pool. Other than that it is actually a surreal experience because like I said you are walking through this dark cave in running water against the current and just trying not to fall over. I couldn’t believe that I actually did something like that but it was a hundred percent worth it!

Of course no road trip would be complete without a stop at KFC which we did for dinner on the way back.  It’s getting really hard to decide what my favorite trip has been so far in New Zealand because they keep getting better and better :)


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