30 Apr 2017

I'm going for adventures in New Zealand Part 6: Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki

Yeah yeah I know I know, I know. I'm so sorry.......enjoy

The weather is lovely and we are hungry. So, lunch time. We have plan to have a picnic at Lake Tekapo and so we headed there.

Lake Tekapo famously for their Lupins. You will always have pictures of the lake with Lupins and one of the picture also become my wallpaper. Now, I can get my own pictures of the lake with Lupins for my laptop's wallpaper.

We have cold rice again, but with the view, it just worth it. After that, we have some time to spare and photo time begins.I tried to 'slide 'some rocks at the lake but I lack of skill. I even fell after throwing the rock. I have picture to prove it!

After that, we went to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. It was situated on the other side of the lake. Boy, there are so many people there and more Lupins. It was a small church that was built in 1935, the first church to build around here.

Again, I still cannot tell you how much I adore Lupins, it just becomes my second favourite flower, where the first one is of course Tulips. It is quite hard to have photo sessions by ourselves as tons of people also like Lupins. So we need, to walk around to find a place with less people.

Then, we continue our journey to Mount Cook. At one time, I'm as a navigator and my friend is driver while chitchatting and suddenly we saw the bluest thing as eyes can see.We are just gasp as we saw Lake Pukaki. It just so blue and take our breath away.

Lake Pukaki is the largest lake in New Zealand. Actually, until we almost arrive Mount Cook, the lake is still there, I mean it is huge. And why it is so blue? because it is from glacier. I can just imagine the coldness of the water there.

Of course it is another photo session time. With breathtaking view of snowy Mount Cook and bluest lake, who can resist?

After a while, we continued our journey to Mount Cook and spend a night there. I would update about Mount Cook in my next entry because it is one of my favourite experiences in New Zealand. If you want to know why? Stay tune!

Picnic lunch near the lake

When you try so hard, then you fell...
My current wallpaper...
Church of Good Shepherd

Another side of Church of Good Shepherd!

Lupins...lupins everywhere....

On our way to Mount Cook
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This is the part where we gasp...
Me, try to pose 'cooly'...
Three shades of blue...
Mount Cook, here we come....

19 Mar 2017

I'm going for adventures in New Zealand Part 5: Inland Scenic Route 77

My laptop is ok, so now without further due, here is the update. By the way, Hi Letchumy(^_^)

Inland Scenic Route 77

Around 8.30am, we are ready to check out and make our way to Mount Cook using Inland Scenic Route 77 Actually, I know about this road when I read in my facebook post in travellers' forum. It is not usual road that Malaysian always use, the from the blogs and internet research, most of Malaysian will use road where they will pass Ashburton and Ealing. So, since I'm the navigator, I decided to give it a try.

The weather is gloomy and I'm actually quite frustrated as we might not able to see beautiful scenery along the way and it is cold as it is around 10'c. However, we still our hope is still high as we are hoping as it is only in he morning, perhaps the weather will be in the afternoon.

Along the way, although the weather is still gloomy, but we do enjoy the scenery, especially went we passed through cows and sheeps cattle. We just like crazy people like screaming sheep...and cows like w have never saw cows and sheeps before. But honestly, i've never seen black and white spots cow before except in New Zealand's milk ad when I was little. So one bucket dream is checked.

Our first stop would be Rakaia Gorge where where can see turquoise river. The beautiful Rakaia Gorge is located on the Rakaia River, in inland Canterbury. You will find the scenery is stunning even in the gloomy weather. I saw he photo when the weather is nice and it is superb.Rakaia Gorge combined with places of historical and geological interest. The popular Rakaia Gorge Walkway is a 10.4 kilometre return track along the top of the Rakaia Gorge, to the ferryman's track. You can do boating, salmon and trout fishing and even explore the area by walking in the track.

We stopped here to take the photo even though it is quite cold and light raining. I mean, we can't miss to take photo, is that the travelling all about? I'm quite afraid to go near the riverbank because the stream is strong and the is the sign warning not to be there when there is flood. However, curiosity killed the cat so yes, the water is freaking cold.

After sometime, I mean when we cannot bear the cold already, we decided to continue our journey. Our next stop is somewhere which I can't remember but it has a place to stop and the scenery of white open green field and it just so beautiful. Of course we took a lot of photos and we are not alone on this. There are other tourist do the same thing, hehe.
Along the scenic route is like you are going to the countryside and the road is much more smaller with less car.

By noon, our prayers has been answered and the weather is getting better as we almost reaching Lake Tekapo. From afar, we can see the snow on the top of Mount Cook and it was breathtakingly stunning. Of course, again, we need to stop to take photos and we met a couple from Korea doing the same thing. We even took selfie together with them.

Along the road you will see  a lot of tourist car or van stopped to take photos, I even jumping with joy when I saw lupins there.One of my friends said, even the weeds here are beautiful.
After about an hour, as we are hungry already, we decided to have lunch picnic at Lake Tekapo. So, that will be in the next update hehe.

To make up my long absent, here more photos for you to 'cuci mata'......

Selfie for the long journey

Yep...that cow is just wondering why do I took their photo?

Turquoise Rakaia river....

Rakaia Bridge

Although you can't see it, but it is freezing cold!

Anyone who wants to make a reference...

The warning sign
As you can see, no cars at all...

At lookout point somewhere along the road...

Trees as the wall...


I bet the scenery would be much better with blue sky...

Like a big storm is coming in...

Yellow and green....
Weeds never look so beautiful...

Wide open grassland...

Wefie with Korean couple...
Trying to look cool....

Can you see Mount Cook?
Photo session!

5 Mar 2017

Laptop problem....

Sorry guys, I'm not able to update for a moment as I'm having a little bit of problem with my laptop. Once I've got everything fix, then I'm ready to update. Thank you for your understanding!

15 Feb 2017

I'm going for adventures in New Zealand Part 4: Christchurch

Salam...I've been busy lately so not able to update for sometime. But, here I am. So enjoy

It is a good day for us as we are going to fly to South Island today by Jetstar at 10.30am. We have already book a shuttle to bring us to the airport. We have not done any shopping as we wouldn't want to have excess baggage, because we only bought 20kg per person only to save cost(^_^)

The shuttle will pick us up around 8.30am and it arrived sharply. At first, I'm quite worry because it will stop to pick other passengers but at the end we manage to arrive at the airport around 9.30am.
After checking-in we manage to get to the plane and arrive safely at Christchurch at 11.55am.

We book our car rental fro Go Rental for both South and North Island later. When we arrived, we give a call to the car rental and they asked us to wait at the car rental area which is very near to the entrance. After a while, we saw the pink Go Rental van that picked us up to the car rental office which around 5 minutes away from the airport.

As I didn't do online check-in so it takes a little time for us to do the registration. So, your Malaysian Driver License can be used in New Zealand. For this trip, we paid for four of us to be the driver and it cost additional 30 NZD. As for the car,  I booked Toyota Corolla with Peace of Mind Insurance of 15 NZD. So total cost for the car rental is 349.20 NZD ( 87.3 NZD per person ~RM 300) for 8 days. Not bad I think. Then comes to the luggage, yap so now we have 5 luggage which 3 of them are big ones and 2 smaller ones. After huffing and puffing for a while, we manage to put all luggage except mine, which is the smallest one in the car boot. So my luggage will seat at the back seat. Then we are ready to go to our hotel.

We arrive at our hotel, John Motels & Holiday Park around 2pm and after getting the keys we just can't wait to eat as we are very hungry. Our first meal in South Island? Of course instant mee hehe.
On the way here there is a major construction work happening and we miss our turns to the motel and have to do another round again. The motel that we booked is spacious with two rooms, living room and kitchen with utensils. After getting full already, comes our major activity, which is sleeping. Yap, we should just call this is our 'sleeping trip'.

Around 5pm, we get ready for shopping in Pak'N Save actually. As we are going for a long journey in South Island, we have plan to do some 'home' cooking to save some budgets. Most of motels that I booked, have kitchen facilities and I make sure it as one of priority for booking.

It was a great experience shopping in Pak'N Save as it has a lot of varieties and affordable. We bought milk, fruits, paper plates and cups and some chocolates of course. Before that, we have already put aside of 50 NZD per person to buy for groceries and one of my friend has been promote as treasurer.

After complete our shopping as the weather is still nice we have decided to driving around a little bit until we saw some parks and decided to have some photo sessions. After that, we took a wrong turn and ends up around some housing areas and it took us a while to go back to the motel. When we arrived it was dark already and we cook some Nasi Goreng Cendawan (Fried rice with mushroom) by Brahim's and get some rest for tomorrow's journey of 324km to Mount Cook.

Ok guys, I promise to try to update frequently after this. See you next week!

Ignore all the things!

Nice kitchen I would say...

Our transportation of 8 days...


Half the trolley 

Hail the chocolates!

We are lost!

I'm going for adventures in New Zealand Part 6: Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki

Yeah yeah I know I know, I know. I'm so sorry.......enjoy The weather is lovely and we are hungry. So, lunch time. We have plan to ...