Memorable moments…… There were more than I could post here but the highlights that I have photos for are here below. Here are a few photoless memorable moments for you, though.
* The word “warning” spoken by a passenger on a road trip in a confined space causes an immediate and simultaneous opening of all four windows. I will not name names but it wasn’t me.
* We found a great way to listen to music and keep everyone happy. With everyone having ipods now, we went around in a circle and took turns choosing songs. Worked out great and my kids now know that their mother is cool and listens to awesome music!
* Rocks from the Tasman Sea do make it through customs. They are also a free souvenier.
* Taking naps on the road in NZ is near impossible for fear you might miss something beautiful.
* Two pairs of jeans can get you through 7 days – in cold weather. Would never happen in Singapore for sure. Would not likely be wearing jeans in Singapore to begin with.
* Being woken up by a strong earthquake aftershock in a rocking and swaying 24th floor hotel room is zero fun and makes for an almost sleepless night.
* When spoken with a New Zealand accent, 2410 (twenty four ten) sounds just like 2014 (twenty fourteen). Luckily it was printed on the room key.
* Kiwi’s know how to make some good Pinot Noir.
Now for my pick of the top photo memories from each town we hung out in. It’s a hard choice, though, because there were so many great memories!
Ashburton – Smoked Salmon Omelet
Lake Tekapo – beautiful old church, Church of the Good Shepherd. We actually witnessed a wedding taking place there.
Mt. Cook – imagine eating dinner by a fireplace with this view!!!
Cromwell – Wineries and vineyards were plentiful. The owner of this one, Phil, was super friendly and makes some pretty decent Pinot Noir, IWI.
Arrowtown – one of our top favorite places. A beautiful small town with some Lord of the Rings history. Arrowtown gets two pics cause it was one of the highlight towns of our trip.
We all resisted the urge to lick our plates after this lunch. It was SOOO good! This was my salmon steak with salad.
This river was in one of the scenes from Lord of the Rings.
Queenstown – we loved this town as well and spent three nights there. It’s a beautiful city full of things to do for adrenaline junkies and the shoppers and hot chocolate drinkers that come with them. Our hotel is down there somewhere.
Milford Sound - This place gave me a similar feeling as when we climbed all over the Great Wall of China. What a once in a lifetime experience and incredible blessing to see God’s amazing creation!
The captain of the boat drove us into a waterfall and they filled glasses with water for everyone. It was cold and delicious and definitely a highlight.
Te Anau – after Milford Sound, we stopped here and ate lunch. Deer wrapped in dough, aka venison pies, by the lake. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Tasman Sea (not a town but I think an ocean should qualify to make the list)
Fox Glacier – one of the many places in New Zealand we skipped rocks.
Franz Josef – a couple of good meals, a good bed and really friendly people.
Arthur’s Pass – we went through this town specifically to eat at the Wobbly Kea. It was worth it!
Christchurch – an evening and a day in this great place. So much activity going on here. Both above ground and underground. Never a dull moment in the city square and the aftershocks from the September 4th earthquake were still very active.
Mr. Codley got his bum washed on this day. Even statues need a bath.
“I am the master of the world!!!”
Tommy, aka Mr. Texas, was chosen to be part of this show by Mullet Man.
We had lousy internet, and pricey, during our entire journey. I guess New Zealanders have better things to do in the beautiful outdoors than to be concerned with quality internet. Once we got to Christchurch, we were finally able to Skype with Tori back in Texas for about 10 minutes for a cost of $30 NZD. it was worth it. We missed her, as we always do, but we really wish she could have taken this trip with us. We’re just better as the Stunz Family 5. We thought it was ironic that she and Tommy both had on their Kathmandu shirts so we had to get a photo. In this moment, we connected Texas, New Zealand and Nepal, probably our three most favorite places in the world. So far…
Not sure what the Part 3 will be but I know there’s more to share so stay tuned.