So the last little mission we went on was to Motatapu gorge which was so freaking cool, just a little walk down from the road there is a little gorge with totally clear blue water which I’m not going to lie was pretty freezing but it was hot outside. So we did bombs and hung out on the rocks in the sun while getting munched by sand flies, then hot tubbed it back at the flat we’ve been staying in.
That night we had reels practice for the wedding which was the most ridiculously fun/exhausting/clumsy mess ever! I can’t believe I have never done it before, I also can’t believe no one broke an arm or leg, I got a gash on my hand and a fair amount of bruises on my arms from all the violent swinging but had the funniest time.
And then…we had the wedding! It was the most beautiful sunny day and the location was crazy ridiculous. They had the service in the local church and the bride and groom were both looking like total babes. We then went to the farm homestead for the reception surrounded by gorgeous fields and mountains and it was just the most dreamiest setting in the world. There was also lots of champagne which is always a winner! Dinner was incredible and then we danced our asses off and crashed about trying to do the Kaylee until we stumbled onto a bus back to Wanaka.
On Sunday we did exactly what I had dreamed of doing since I first saw photos of a Wanaka summer and went boating on the lake! We totally went on a jet boat which was mega amounts of cool and smashed about in the water and then hung out on a beach in the boiling sun and did a bit of paddle boarding and chasing geese.On Monday we went mountain biking with team wedding family in sticky forest which was so fun! I have never mountain biked before and even though there were some hairy, almost fell off a cliff or crashed head on into a tree stump moments there were no broken bones. Then we did a skate shoot for Douche bags, the luggage brand that hooked us up with bags for the trip which Melody was shooting a brand video for. My new hobby and obsession of the year is skateboarding after having a total girl crush on Ivy from 90210 and from watching Lords of Dogtown a gazillion times. Beanie and me both took our swanky new boards all the way to NZ in the hope of actually being able to skate by the end of the trip without looking like wallys….anyway the photos make us look much cooler and better than we actually are!
After our skate session we had a little leaving party as we were all flying home the next day…I say “we” but I outright refused to go home because I was having such an amazing time and Melody was like a crazy person and totally in love with Wanaka so we changed our flights to stay for another week….whoops!
So the next day Beanie set off back to Switzerland minus her travel buddies and I set off on a road trip for a couple of days up the west coast. The west coast was awesome, very wild and all kinds of cool places to stop on the way. New Zealand is a mental place and you just walk of a little track and suddenly theres some sort of mega amazing waterfall or turquoise pools and it all looks straight out of Lord of the rings. Most of the road trip was spent driving and playing the question game since being in the middle of nowhere pretty much all the time means there is no radio, but we went to the beach, got munched by sand flies and I did a little photo-shoot by a lake making summer rolls for our lunch.
We stayed with some friends Amelia and Tom at there house on the farm in Canterbury which is beautiful. I got very over excited because Tom makes his own honey and showed me his hive box things and pulled out all the different trays so I could see how the honey was all made. It was a bit freaky as there were bees flying all around us and we didn’t exactly have bee suits on but no stings…phew! You can just stick your finger straight into the honey and it was so yummy. And this was not the only exciting thing about the farm, they also have a pet deer, pig and calf who all hang out in the field together. Funnily enough I have never hung out and stroked a deer and Mimi deer was the coolest deer ever and also kind of massive, so we had cute cuddles and then she played with Woody the dog chasing him quite aggressively but apparently lovingly! Here is a blog post on Amelia and the farm from my friend Julia’s incredible blog Studio home.
On our way back to Wanaka we stopped off at some beautiful lakes and swam in one of them which was really really freezing. When we got back we headed straight to the farm to see Camilla and Tim, the new husband and wife for a bbq with the rest of the stragglers that also hadn’t gone home yet. We hung out on their porch which is stunning with incredible views and drank gin and tonics and played shooting clay targets in the garden. Then had a yummy bbq which I made my favourite sweet potato or Kumara salad and we had venison straight off the farm which was insanely delicious.
On our last day we went on another mission with team wedding to the blue pools which are as you can imagine are very blue pools. We then hiked up for about an hour and a half bush bashing our way to the top of the forest to a big river. It would have been dreamy to sit down for a nice long picnic, but when you are covered in hungry sand flies, which I was because if your a tourist they are like magnets to you, you kind of want to make it quick, so we wolfed down our lunch and headed back. In town we went for some drinks in the sun then took a picnic to the beach and had dinner under the stars feeling very sad that we were leaving the next day.
I was massively sad to be leaving because I had already decided that I absolutely wanted to move there and didn’t think I would be going back for a long time. However…I made the rash decision when I was back that what the heck I’m moving, so as of about 2 weeks my new home is New Zealand! I’m not going to lie I am freaking out a bit about such a big move to quite possibly the furthest place away from home but I am also unbelievably excited. My sister not so much because she thinks she will never see me again. But now Food From Flossie will be Food From Flossie and a ridiculous amazing view! Wish me luck x