The second half of the week my mom joined us in Queenstown. We took the gondola in Queenstown up to the amazing view and I did the luge ride up there. The luge was fun, but not really worth the full price if you don’t get discount tickets online. After Queenstown, we drove around the lake to Glenorchy and Paradise. They were absolutely breathtaking. If you go, make sure you pull off the road for pictures at scenic spots. One of my favorite parts of the trip was going horseback riding in Glenorchy. We went through the valley where they filmed scenes from Lord of the Rings and it was pretty cool to see. Milford Sound was also beautiful, but make sure you bring bug spray! The sand flies are crazy there. Once you get out on a boat though, there’s no sand flies and its amazing. After that, we drove to Mt. Cook to spend two days there before heading back to Christchurch. Really the only thing to do near Mt. Cook is hike, which was fine by me! My parents and I went on a 3 1/2 hour hike with beautiful views that ended at a glacier and a view of Mt. Cook, but unfortunately by the time we got there, it was too cloudy to see the top of the mountain.
My travels with my parents were amazing and i’m so happy and grateful that they came here to travel with me. It’s an experience I will never forget!
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Katie Steike and I'm a junior at the University of Rochester, studying molecular genetics and music. I love reading, playing soccer, and going on hikes and adventures! I'm going to be studying in Christchurch New Zealand for spring 2014 and I'm excited to become immersed in the Kiwi culture and explore the beautiful country!</span></p>