New Zealand Time – May 15, 7:15pm
The last three photo albums are up here: click here for more South Island photo enjoyment.
I suppose I would recommend looking at all the photos before reading the trip report, but in the end it doesn’t really matter. There are another 102 images to view. The images on the photo album are displayed at 640×480 by default, and you can view them at 800×600 by clicking the relevant like on each photo’s page. As with any photos that are online, I have them at much larger resolutions, a lot as high as 2592×1944. Why would you want photos at a higher resolution? Well, they’re higher quality and much larger. Ideal for a desktop wallpaper, perfect for blowing up to put framed on your living room wall, or even blowing up to wallpaper your living room walls with.
As for the trip report, Holly well detail it for you below. If there is a warning to be made, it is that each page contains an image of the South Island marking where we traveled on the trip. Depending on what resolution your screen is set to, the image might make the page appear sloppy. Anything above 1024×768 should look alright. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, ignore this entire paragraph. Ignore both if the above paragraph doesn’t make sense either. Enjoy
Well, I finally finished my South Island post. Three weeks and 10,000 words later, here it is for you in all its glory.
Before leaving for our trip south Greg and I had been informed, both from Kiwis and fellow international travelers, that the North and South Islands were very different from each other. Naturally our response was to pose the Big Question: “Which is better?” Greg’s classmates from the South Island banter with those from the North about their respective island’s superiority. You’ll hear backpacker debates about the issue in hostels all over the country. Having now traveled around both islands, I realize that there is no definitive, universal answer. I suppose you could make easy observations, such as: the South Island has more empty, rugged spaces and way (way!) more sheep than the North Island. The trouble is that each island itself is incredibly diverse! Both are spectacular. In the end, it’s either a matter of allegiance, or personal preference. So…….personally, while I loved every minute and every aspect of my trip around the North, my vote of preference must be cast for the South.
For convenience’s sake I’ve organized the following narrative as a journal, dividing segments by date. Greg has added various comments here and there. He’d have written more, but as you can imagine school is getting pretty busy. Not all of us are on an extended four month holiday after all. ;-)
The story begins here : Day One (Tuesday, April 10th)