S: New Zealand: South Island
FC: New Zealand: South Island. | 2 Weeks Is Not Enough! | Best Vacation Ever!! | December 19th, 2011 to January 2nd, 2012
1: Departure: December 19th, 2011 (US) December 20th, 2011(NZ). 8: 15 a.m.(US) 2:45p.m(NZ) $4385 or 5473.05 NZD From: Houston, TX. to Christchurch, New Zealand (South Island) | Day 1
2: Arrival Time: 2 p.m. The City is Beautiful, I have to use different transportation to get to the Portage Resort Hotel. | I rode a small train to get from Christchurch to Marlborough Sounds. Finally, I see the beautiful Portage Resort Hotel.
3: In the lobby, checking in to a Kowhai Lodge Premier Room. | I must exchange US Dollars to New Zealand Dollars. | Finally, I can go into my suite and relax. | $ 3,648.21 4,550 NZD | 1 US dollar = 1.2481 New Zealand dollars | December 20, 6pm in NZ. December 19, 11pm in TX | Going to sleep, I'm exhausted. Tomorrow all the fun will begin.
4: It is a beautiful summer day. As I step into the sunlight, I see the incredible view. I decide to go for a boat ride. The water is great and I decide to stay late. The sun is hot and, of course, I got a sunburn :P | Day 2
5: TOURING! The hotel offered a tour. It starts at the Queen Charlotte Track, which is a well known tourist attraction, at 12p.m. A group gathers, and we hike until 5p.m. We come back to the hotel at 6p.m. for dining. | Day 3
6: What can I say? I love the water, and the hotel has a great pool. Although, today I am going to wear a lot of sunblock; the water is incredible, but the sun is still making it hard to relax. However, I would be cold in Texas, since it is winter. | Day 4
7: Today I stayed in bed until noon. I felt homesick, luckily I remembered that Facebook was available. I got connected with my friends back in Texas. | I felt so much better, but I still missed Texas. I called my mom. :) Then, I called room service, and went on my balcony to eat lunch and walked around the hotel for a while. | Day 5
8: Movies today. I am going to see 2 horror movies. I want to experience the everyday life of a New Zealand teen. I Watched Uninhabited and Scream 4. | Day 6
9: WOW! | All I need today is my iPod to walk around the hotel and see my surroundings. OMG! Nick Jonas was checking in to the hotel as i went down to the lobby!
10: Fishing. Today I am going fishing. It is $49 because of the fish. They are extremely huge! Its enough to feed an entire family with just one. This man was lucky enough to fish out this fish alone. :) Yummy, I didn't really go to fish, I wanted to enjoy the fresh air and see everyone else fishing; its a good thing because I Probably caught a fish as big as Nemo! | Day 8
11: BULLER GORGE HORSE TREKKING! | This was so incredible. This attraction had a great impact, 2 hours with a beautiful horse, running through a summer field. It was amazing! | Day 9
12: QUAD BIKING. Wow, I never thought I would do this, but apparently this is very common in New Zealand. This was so much fun. | Day 10
13: The Air Force Museum of New Zealand. | This museum was very cool. :) I liked looking at the aircrafts. The cool part was the show with the warriors. | Day 11
14: The Zoo! When you hear Australia, you think "Kangaroo", very good but, you would not imagine the lovely wild life. Yeah, there are kangaroos ,but there are many others. :) It is just beautiful!
15: Kiwi Festival This is an annual festival, for the native fruit, it includes tons of kiwi spread throughout the field and a special competition where many bands play to be crowned the “Kiwi Champions”.
16: Today, I woke up at 7:00 a.m. I ate one last time in this beautiful hotel, and walk around for a while. I began packing my bags, and made my way to the trains. I arrived in the Christchurch Airport , heading home. | Day 14
17: You can change your hair and you can change your clothes You can change your mind, that's just the way it goes You can say goodbye, you can say hello But you'll always find your way back home You can change your style, yeah your can change your jeans You can learn to fly and you can chase your dreams You can laugh and cry but everybody knows You'll always find your way back home