Today was a lazy day, the Magic Bus was only collecting us at 14:30pm so after checking out we just relaxed on the couches in the lounge of the Purple Cow with great views over Lake Wanaka reading books and writing journals. Then the bus arrived with our new driver Cam (Cameron) who was cool and knew his stuff. It wasn’t far to Queenstown but along the way we stopped in Kawaru Gorge which is home to the world’s first commercial bungy jump site. While I was still not convinced about bungy jumping and the cost for 5 seconds of adrenalin one girl from the bus did do it and we all cheered on from the viewing platform.
Just around the corner we pulled into Queenstown a beautiful ski village set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It has grown massively in size over the past decade but the town centre is still convenient small. The Magic Bus dropped us all of at our respective hostels. Ours was the Southern Laughter which was great with this view from the balcony.
A big factor in choosing Southern Laughter was the free soup in the evenings and after that we headed down to meet up with Cam and the rest of the Magic Bus travellers for some pizza and a few drinks at the World Bar. Known as the party town, quite a few people were keen to go out bar hopping but some of us had booked the Milford Sound day trip the next morning with a 7:00am start so sense prevailed and we headed back to our hostels. Besides we were going to be there for four more nights so we would have another chance to go out.