We arrived! My friends, Chip and Diane and I arrived safely, after 16 hours of flight time, 24 hours total travel time, and many less-than-desirable airport meals. However, this place is already amazing... And we just got here! Chip has a 7 day adventure race with his team of 4, and the three of us are exploring the south island until race day. And I get to re-connect with a friend and former roommate from my Florida days who actually lives here now.
The next order of business was to get "our heads around" the fact that they drive on the left side of the road here and the driver side of the car is on the right.
We got to eat lunch at a beautiful lakeside restaurant, ride the gondola up for the views, and take a Luge ride!
Tomorrow we rent mountain bikes! Can't wait!