So Friday morning at 9am I left Christchurch for a full day of bus riding to the “Adventure Capitol of the World.” When I was planning this vacation I was comparing the different bus systems that could get me around the country. There are quite a few “backpacker buses,” like Stray and Kiwi Experience that travel between certain destinations and stop at sights along the way. I chose to go with another one—Naked Bus—because they don’t do the tourist stops and I found a pass on their website that was 10 rides anywhere on either island for about $130US. Apparently if you ride the bus naked it’s only $1, or if you’re smarter and book far enough in advance you can also find fares for only $1.
For lunch we stopped at Lake Tekapu, which is this amazing eggshell blue-turquoise color because of the “glacial flour” in the water. This “flour,” is small particulate matter suspended in the water, the product of the grinding of glacial ice on bedrock. You can see this phenomenon in many lakes here!
I don’t really have anything else to talk about for this trip, other than I seriously had whiplash neck problems from how bumpy the ride was. And that I would highly recommend not going from Chch to Queenstown in one day, definitely stop at Mt. Cook or Twizel or somewhere for a night to break up the journey—that’s a lot of traveling! However, if you’re on a time crunch this is definitely the way to do it. Or if you have money you can fly.
Finally I arrived in Queenstown after 6pm, checked into my hostel and took a walk around town to find dinner. Another adventure begins!