The exchange rate is kicking out butts!!
New Zealand is more expensive than we thought, leading us to eat at McDonalds and Burger King more than we want. Quite a step down from the fine dining of Chile, but at least we've got breakfast! No more crackers and Tang!
Highlights of New Zealand include: Bay of Islands fun-in-the-sun, Napier wine region, Blackwater Rafting, sperm whales by helicopter, ping pong and home cooking of Invercargil, amazing forests and beaches of The Catlins on the south coast, and Milford Sound Fiordland cruise. It was great having people to share the sites with as Daina's parents joined us for a bit. We were all hosted by our friend Debbie (New Zealand ping pong champion)in Invercargil who showed us a grand time.
Today we enjoyed a wine and food pairing and will be going to Pick-Our-Own cherries after this. So life is bopping along just fine. We will be flying on to Tasmania soon! Perhaps when internet doesn't cost us minimum wage (what is minimum wage now?) we will post some pictures!