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Day 7 in new zealand:
woke up pretty early to catch the ride on the tss earnslaw, a 100+-year-old ship, to a nearby island (quote the word “nearby” cos it’s a 20+ minute ride to the island.
upon reaching the island, we headed into the island to ride the electric bikes. these aren’t allowed on the road but they’re gonna produce road-legal models. the tourqe on this thing... holy c**p 😂
also, it’s really difficult to steer unlike the bicycle and it took me a couple twists and turns to get the hang of it. we rode the bikes up the hill to enjoy the scenery that lake wakatipu has to offer. truly amazing.
on the way back to queenstown, on the ship, we saw a few of those shark-like diving pods that were traveling at extreme speeds across the water. idk if you can rent those but they look really cool in person.
final activity of the day was a visit to the bird park. unlike the singapore bird park, this houses many species of birds that are native to new zealand. for example, the kiwi, kea, tui and so on. apart from birds, there was one other animal that stood out from them. that is, the tuatara. and no, this is not a bird (obviously) but a reptile. this particular creature is a living fossil, literally. they have existed longer than dinosaurs even have, for over 200 million years. such impressive creatures they are. :)