December 30th, 2016

Glenorchy to Rhytmn and Alps


Highlight: Dancing to Dub FX while the sunset & getting drunk

Lowlight: The crew was pretty grumpy today. It was hard to remain positive.


We started the day by hitting snooze twice! That means we slept…I am a bit sore and groggy. I Straightened my hair this morning to feel slightly human. We began our day with a 40-minute walk around a lagoon in Glenorchy. It was so nice to start the day with fresh air before we spend hours upon hours in the campervan again.

We then all had a nice cooked breakfast at the Speights Invincible Bar. I had eggs Benedict (surprise surprise). From here we wandered down to the lakefront so I could get my token photo of the big red Glenorchy shed. We walked along the wharf and I video called my sister to show her the incredible views. Absolutely amazing. The dumb thing is you can’t capture the beauty in a single photo because it is so vast. Maybe time for a drone?!

We can’t-do the Shot-over jet today because there isn’t enough space, so we are going to move that to somewhere later in our trip when we come back to Queenstown. We also booked the Skyline gondola and dinner, which I’m so excited for. BUFFET! Grace and Dan have disappeared for a swim, so now we are getting organized to head to Puzzle World!

We have left Glenorchy and we got to drive that amazing road again! We made a quick stop in Queenstown and I had the most amazing pork belly pie from Ferg-Baker. We sat and ate it, in this tiny park in the middle of town. I would have liked to explore Queenstown more, but we have run out of time! Going to have to come back here for sure.

Dan decided he wanted to join us on our Puzzle World mission. 4 in the van?! Now we are getting sketchy. We picked up a bunch of supplies for RNA and loaded the campervan to the max. As we were driving out of a town an ambulance came past and we got a little sketched out about our illegal driving…so we were back to three in the front!

We drove the sketchiest road to Wanaka. It felt like we were driving to the sky. The view was definitely worth it though. Once we got to Wanaka we explored Puzzle World. We chose to do the combo, which included the illusion rooms and the maze. I loved the room that was on the tilt the best, even though it made me feel quite sick. We took some cool photos and mucked around for a bit. We then had a go at the maze, by this time it was so bloody hot that Mike and I bowed out without finding any of the colours. Grace and Dan definitely won, they annihilated the maze so quickly.

Throughout the entire day, we were really worried about sneaking liquor into the campground. We had driven
past earlier and seen cars being thoroughly searched. Me, being the stick to the rules girl I am, felt really panicked to attempt to bring stuff in. So long story short, all our bottles of spirits are currently hidden in a bush in Wanaka, waiting for our retrieval.

We finally got to RNA after another long day of driving and adventures….and you guessed it, they didn’t even search our van! All that panic for nothing. The guy at the gate did say, If he caught us with stuff we would be kicked out. Lucky Grace isn’t a chicken so we drank her hidden bottle! Woop. Once we got our campervans set up, we went on a find the toilets and shower mission. Disgusting and unsanitary. Wet wipes for us till Dunedin. The showers are public and completely open and the Toilets are a short drop. You can literally see all the piss and shit. I want to dig a hole instead. Now that we are settled in for two days, we went off to watch Ocean Alley. They were so good

Once we got our campervans set up, we went on a find the toilets and shower mission. Disgusting and unsanitary would be the nicest way to describe the facilities. Wet wipes for us till Dunedin. The showers are public and completely open and the Toilets are a portaloos drop. You can literally see everything piled up…some are even piled up above the seat itself. I want to dig a hole instead. Now that we are settled in for two days, we went off to watch Ocean Alley. They were so good

Now that we are settled in for two days, we went off to watch Ocean Alley. They were so good live! After watching them we loaded up our wrist tags with money and let the debauchery begin. There are so many amazing food trucks here, it was almost pointless stocking up on food. I had loaded fries with shredded pork on them! Delicious. After Ocean Alley finished Grace, Mike and I wandered back to the campsite to get freshened up and take shots.

I loved getting all glammed. I wore my mermaid lipstick and Grace’s flower crown. Back into the madness, we went and it was totally worth it! Dub FX was outstanding. There was something surreal about dancing drunk in the middle of a field, with complete strangers while the sun is setting. Devilskin came on and the vibe was killed! Not my cup of tea. Back to the food trucks I went. This time I got a yummy pork belly wrap (clearly addicted to pork today).

The night is done and dusted and I have headed back to the campervan to write my diary and hopefully get some sleep (Mike has already coma’d and is snoring loudly). I am surprisingly looking forward to round 2 tomorrow. I can still hear the sounds pretty loud, I wonder if I can pretend it’s the fan, I miss my fan.

About Kassey

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

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