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Mom visits New Zealand!

On April 18th, I was lucky enough to have my mom come and visit me! She had scheduled her original trip before the Christchurch earthquake happened. Since I ended up in Dunedin, with a much different Easter break, we had to do some shuffling around. But, it all worked out in the end! I’m just so glad that she was still able to come. I still had classes for a few days after she arrived so I just showed her around Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula in between classes. On Friday, we headed up to Oamaru to see the Blue Penguins. Then we drove to Mt. Cook, Tasman Glacier and Lake Tekapo. The following day we drove to Wanaka and Queenstown. We spent two nights in Queenstown and then drove through Arrowtown on our way to Te Anau to see the Glow Worm Caves. I wish I could have taken video of the Glow Worms. They were amazing! If you have time, look them up on Google! Honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. You climb into a cave and then take a boat in the cave into the Glowworm Grotto which is pitch black. When you look up in there it looks like stars because of all of the little glowing specks. It was amazing. The next day we went to Milford Sound. Our last day we took the southern scenic route home to Dunedin. Mom conquered driving on the left quite easily. We drove about 1000 miles in New Zealand during that week! I’ve included videos from most of the stops along the way!

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