July 20,1998: Good lord, I can't believe it's been almost a month since the last time we updated. And it's not like the south island has nothing to report about so here goes... Picton; very cute and nestled in the beautifully picturesque Marlborough Sounds. We went for a 3 hour walk through some really pretty rainforest. Nelson; Sunny Nelson as it's called was raining the entire time we were there. We went to a movie. Punakaiki; Very nice. All the waterfront is incredible on this stretch. Cliff fronts and crashing waves. Franz Josef; Awesome! The FJ Glacier is truly a sight to behold, and the sucker moves 3-5 feet a day. We went hiking on it and this scared the pants off of us. It was a bit like rock climbing but with ice instead of rock. Incredibly beautiful but just as frightening. Queenstown; The tourism capital of New Zealand. Neither one of us ski, so instead we went 'jetboating'. This was a real blast. You're basically driven by super-V8-powered boat at high speeds through a canyon directly at rocks and occasionally doing an entire 360 deg. turn in a boat-length. Fun! Dunedin; The first real college town we've seen. It just had that too cool to care kind of attitude you might find in Berkeley. Otherwise, it was a nice city. We rode on horseback (a first for me) to Larnach Castle, a beautiful century-old building on the Otago peninsula Christchurch; Where we are now. Supposedly the most english city outside the UK. We both love it here. It's extremely liveable as cities go and packed with parks and gardens. The architecture is really fascinating as well with heaps of old turn of the century cathedrals and schools. Well, only a couple of weeks to go and we'll be back in the states. Hope everyone is well and we'll see you soon. June 23,1998: Again, it's been pretty packed since the last update but I'll try to squeeze it all in. We boarded the 'kiwi experience' bus which seems to actually be the british senior trip bus but still gets us from place to place in one piece. First we went to Whitianga, nice little place but we only stayed one night. Then, Tauranga, another nice place, one night. Mt. Maunganui was really nice and had hot salt water baths to relax our worries (which there are none) away. We stayed there one night. Then Rotorua, three nights, phew!! We saw a Maori concert and feasted (called a 'hangi') on meat cooked underground all day. It was delicious. Then we went to the Whakarewara- wara thermal park and saw geysers and bubbling mudpools. Then it was off to Waitomo where we went into the famous waitomo caves wearing wetsuits and carrying intertubes. The only light came from the top of our helmets. Then we turned them off for the main attraction, the GLOWWORMS that live in the caves. They were spectacular. Like a starry night underground. After there it was off to Taupo where we plunged off of a 150 foot cliff. Luckily, the bungy cord worked and our lives were spared. Then (deep breath), it was off to the raingitiki river where we white water rafted grade 5 rapids for 2 1/2 hours! Now we're in Wellington and should probably fall into a coma for a couple of days before we head to the 'adventurous' southern island!!!! Overall, I'd say we're having an ok time. June 6,1998: Wow! Just a few things have changed since the last time. We went to a farm in the middle of nowhere, boarded a plane, and now we are staying in the middle of downtown Auckland, New Zealand. It's been 3 weeks of constant culture shock as we go back and forth between no civilization and heaps of it. The farmstay in W-Tree, Victoria was really nice. It provided a really unique and interesting close to our Australian trip. We thought we'd been pretty lucky to see the wildlife that we'd seen up to that point, but we saw much more than we expected in Eastern Victoria. At one point, a kangaroo jumped right up to us and it's baby popped his head out of the mother's pouch just for us! These kind of experiences were what made the farm trip really special for both of us. But enough about that, both of us have fallen in LOVE with Auckland, New Zealand. There's something about it (rolling hills, bay vistas, bustling metropolitan areas) that seems familiar, but at the same time extremely new and fun. We're thinking (just thinking for the moment) of making it a more permanent home. More to come... May 13,1998: Welcome to page two. Since the last time anything was written down, Teri's mother and sister came to visit and we had a great time. Having a car, we were able to show them lots of things in a short period of time. Day one, we took them to the Healesville Sanctuary and showed them the cute little koalas and wallabies. Day two, we went for a drive down the great ocean road and it was AWESOME. The scenery changes from moment to moment and the payoff is seeing the twelve apostles, which are a bunch of huge ocean worn rocks that are about 400 feet high. The whole drive was comparable to the Monterey/Big Sur area of California, but much much better. Day three we went to Philip Island and saw the fairy penguin parade in which tiny little penguins waddle ashore to their nighttime homes. It was all very cute. Then on day four, Teri wore them out while showing them the city. And that was it! Since then, we've just been preparing for our farmstay which comes up in a few days. Two weeks working on a farm in exchange for room and board. Not a bad deal! We'll update you after that.