Dec. 12

December 12 – Day 18 – Wednesday Today was our second full day in Queenstown.  While Maori had been in the region before, they had no permanent settlements here.  The town was established in the early 1860s by early sheep ranchers, and boomed sho…

Dec. 11

December 11 – Day 17 – Tuesday Today was our first full day in Queenstown.  It was a free day for students to take advantage of the adventure sports in town – jet skiing, bungy jumping, hang gliding, parasailing, or just hanging out on the lake …

Dec. 10

December 10 – Day 16 – Monday Another 7:30 am start after a quick group breakfast in the YHA in Franz Josef.  First stop was the Fox Glacier, where the path went up the Fox River bed and ended a couple hundred meters from the face of the glacier.

Dec. 9

December 9 – Day 15 – Sunday Got off to a good start this morning, but had to double back a couple of times to find a missed turn, and then to recover a forgotten cell phone.  Ultimately got underway from Westport about 40 minutes late.  Along t…

Dec. 8

December 8 – Day 14 – Saturday Left the Nomads hostel pretty promptly at a few minutes past 7am, all an board for the ferry ride to the South Island (aka, the mainland – the larger of the two main islands). Water was a bit rough on leaving the We…