I think I out did myself here.  I brought my ‘nerdiness’ to a whole new level.  For my second day in Christchurch, I decided to book a LOTR Edoras tour.  The tour consisted of an all day drive to and from Mt. Sundby, the location Peter Jackson used for the creation of Edoras, a lunch, some champagne, and of course, replicas from LOTR.

Like I began my Stray adventure, it was only fitting that I ended my adventures on Stray Bus also in confusion.  When I booked my Stray trip, I purchased the Willy Pass.  If I cared, it would have been possible to know the location of each and every overnight stop.  Some overachievers on the bus did.  Others, like myself, just knew the major cities, and were surprised by the stops in between.  One girl I meant had her entire Lonely Planet New Zealand guide book color coded with…

We left Queenstown at 8 am on Sunday morning.  Our bus headed for Mt. Cook, the tallest peak in New Zealand.  Unfortunately, it was rainy, and we could only see the base of the mountain.  Regardless the landscape was breathtaking.  The valley is extremely flat – no hills whatsoever.  Where the mountain meets the valley, the ground shoots straight up 10,000 plus feet.  Unlike home where the mountains are preceded by rolling foothills, these mountains literally come out of no where.  In fact, each year Mt. Cook grows…