My Great Australian Adventure

I'm Haley from the USA. I'm spending a semester in Australia. Here's where I will document my adventures.

Days 5-7. On my last few days in New Zealand, I hiked the Kepler Track with Max. The view from the mountain tops was well worth the hike, although the inclines nearly killed me. We stayed in cabins along the way and got to learn some interesting things about Hungarian culture from some fellow travelers. At the end of the trip I was exhausted and ready to head back to Wollongong, but I have to say that NZ is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. 

Day 3-4 of New Zealand. After the breathtaking views of Milford Sound, Max and I decided to rent a car and see what other sites NZ had to offer. We set off towards Mt. Cook and the Tasman Glacier. We spent the night in our car in the national park. Despite the freezing weather, we woke up to a spectacular view of Mt. Cook. 

Day 2 in New Zealand was filled with mountains, waterfalls, cuppas, and a rainbow. On my second day in NZ, I went on the Milford Sound Tour via the Kiwi Experience coach. The ride to our boat tour was amazing in itself, although winding through the mountains made me wish I hadn’t had hot chips (fries) before the ride. Even though the boat ride was quite chilly, I had a cuppa (cup of tea) to warm me up as we sailed the brilliant blue waters past seals and under waterfalls. There are a couple of pictures from the mirror lakes as well. They should be easy to pick out since they make a near perfect reflection of the mountains and sky. I was very happy with the sights and events of this day, including a rainbow that decided to show up as we set sail. It was a truly magical day. 

I spent my mid-session break (spring break) in New Zealand! Here are a few pictures from Day 1. I arrived in Christchurch, NZ around slept in the airport (not the highlight of my trip). At 7:30 I took a bus from Christchurch to Queenstown and arrived around 4:00. The photos are from the bus ride to Queenstown. I’ll be posting more photos and stories from my adventure soon. Don’t worry, it gets more exciting than this. 

I went to the Farm Music Festival in Shellharbour with a group of friends yesterday/today. It was a charity event that featured some local bands and some good ol’ local people. The change in atmosphere from uni to the farm was very nice and felt a bit like home. I didn’t take many photos, but I did manage to snap a shot of a friendly chicken. 

My roommates and I caught this little fella digging through the trash. I’m a little more hesitant to feed/pet the possums after finding out where they spend their leisure time. 
Max and I went to the Lumineers Thursday night at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown (basically Sydney). The Lumineers were great as I expected. The band that opened for them, The Falls, were really good too. Max and I got to meet them in between sets and they told us some cool places to check out while we’re in Australia. It was good to get out of Wollongong for a bit and enjoy the city. Overall it was an entertaining evening. 
Max and I at our good mate’s birthday party. He was a magician and I was his assistant. 
It was a lovely day at the beach. 

The Botanic Gardens pt. 2