All Blacks day was exciting from the start, the city felt full and had a serious buzz about it. We spent most of the day before the game relaxing and hanging around the house. Due to a weird online ticketing issue we actually had three tickets to the game, so our roommate Michi was joining us. It also turned out at the last minute that one of our friends Elli had been given two tickets for free, so she invited our roommate Sandra and they joined us on the walk to the game.
|Excited for the All Blacks|
|At the All Blacks match|
|Walking through downtown|
|The stadium after Aaron Smith's try|
|After the game|
The excitement kept coming, as we were invited over the weekend to visit Cromwell, a small town on the wet coast of the South Island. Lucy, one of the other students in my department, has a family cabin in Cromwell and invited us to join her and her boyfriend Freddy on a visit. We were there from Friday to Sunday, and had a great time with some wonderful weather. We spent all of Saturday on a hike, called the Devil's Creek Track. In total the track was 14 km, so it was quite exhausting. The scenery was incredible, and reminiscent of Rohan from Lord of the Rings.
|Start of the track|
|Stopping for lunch|
After our hike we got some of New Zealand's famous frozen berry ice cream, which was delicious. The next day we visited the world's first permanent bungee jumping site, Kawarau Bridge, and Arrowtown, a small town outside of Queenstown. It was a small village, which was fun to explore. We also bought some pretty great creme brûlée flavored fudge.