New Zealand Trip Days 7-9 Through the Eyes of a Runner.

The last three days of a trip of a life time were just wonderful. I miss New Zealand so much! If you have missed the rest of this series, here is part 1, 2, and 3!  New Zealand   Day 7 commenced with a drive over to the historic Arrowtown where wee shopped and looked around for an hour before the real fun began: mountain biking!!

The driving in New Zealand is stunning

The driving in New Zealand is stunning

The driving in New Zealand is stunning

Part of the braided rivers

Part of the braided rivers

We took the stunning Queenstown bike trail out to the AJ Hackett’s bungee and I will just let all the pictures show you how very beautiful it was! It was definitely not an easy ride but a good way to get our legs going in the morning! It had everything from swinging bridges to canyons to mountains and rivers!

View 1 of the bike trip!

View 1 of the bike trip!

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One of the swinging bridges we biked over

One of the swinging bridges we biked over

My trusty bike!

My trusty bike!

Upon arrival at the bungee jump we watched crazy people jump and got free sausages and cake since they were celebrating an anniversary!

My "big sister" and I on the ride!

My “big sister” and I on the ride with the Bungee in the background!

Once finishing our yummy and free lunch we ventured onwards towards our next destination, the fruit district of the South Island! We sampled and tasted and savored the most delicious fruit, from dried strawberries to golden kiwis, everything was delicious!   But that was not all this day would hold for us, oh no! We arrived at this adorable little ski lodge midday where we still had plenty of light to go out and explore (for me this means run.) We had lovely snow flurries coming down as we explored this beautiful area. My favorite part of the lodge we stayed in was a tie between the beautiful lounges with the MOST AMAZING views or the fact that the USA Olympic Ski team stays here in the US’s summer and New Zealand’s winter!!! How cool!!! Completed with heated floorboards, a fire, and lots of wine, this place kept us quite warm!IMG_1137 IMG_1162

Lovely lounges with beautiful views!

Lovely lounges with beautiful views!

Lovely lounges with beautiful views!

Lovely lounges with beautiful views!

After a yummy lasagna dinner and a beautiful sunset once the clouds parted a bit, we partied into the night. Quite a wonderful last night on my Topdeck tour!

A beautiful blue sunset

A beautiful blue sunset

IMG_1266 Waking up to lovely clouds and fresh snow on the mountain was topped as we began our drive to Mt. Cook! As it came into view in the distance I teared up, it was just too beautiful!

The view over the balcony by the breakfast room

The view over the balcony by the breakfast room

A beautiful morning!

A beautiful morning!

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Driving in New Zealand is positively wonderful!

Driving in New Zealand is positively wonderful!

Mt. Cook!!!

Mt. Cook!!!

Arriving at our hike by Mt. Cook we had a short but steep 20 minute walk to one of the most beautiful places on the face of the planet: the Tasman Glacier lake View!!

The Tasman Glacier View!

The Tasman Glacier View!

The Tasman Glacier View!

The Tasman Glacier View!

And one the part of the group who made it to the top did, we finally took a group shot!!

Part of the Group!!

Part of the Group!!

The day ended with the drive back to Christchurch through the amazing Southern Alps and with a special stop at a sheep farm to feed the lambs and see sheep getting sheared not to mention wonderful homeade scones, sausage rolls, and tea!

Lambs!

Lambs!

Lambs!

Lambs!

My last day in New Zealand was so relaxing, I actually don’t have any pictures to prove it! Two wonderful roommates and I explored Christchurch to its fullest and did a lot of window shopping. It was such a nice end to the most beautiful vacation I have ever been on!! I 100 million percent think that every single one of you lovely readers should go to New Zealand!!!!   and then

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3 thoughts on “New Zealand Trip Days 7-9 Through the Eyes of a Runner.

  1. Girl, I can’t believe you went on a bike ride… THROUGH THE SHIRE! Looks so beautiful. I’m glad you had fun. 🙂 P.S. Be on the lookout in the next few days for your Christmas present.

  2. Pingback: 21 Things I Don’t Want to Forget about my 20th Year Through the Eyes of a Runner. | Through the Eyes of a Runner

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