[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 8

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Leaving New Plymouth for a really long journey to Wellington. We decided to have a really simple stopover at Wellington just for our ferry over to the South Island. This journey took us 5hours, probably the longest for the past 8 days.

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First thing in the morning: Breakfast! :)

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Just outside our airbnb, and i have my usual tea in the morning ;)

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Because its gonna be a super long ride, we need a full tank this round.

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After 2.5 hours of car ride, we need toilet, we need food, and we were here for a short break. It’s such a pretty cafe in this small town – Foxton.

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Shopping District + Dinner

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Wellington remind me alot of Melbourne, a shopping district. I bought my first purchase in New Zealand – Pandora. I got my NZ exclusive charm. I have made a point to buy a exclusive charm every trip to keep this travel bracelet very very memorable :)

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When I was checking the places to eat in Wellington, there’s plenty… so much but we only have 1 meal for today… For photo worthy, I decided to be crab shack because its in Tiffany colour haha.

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Maybe we were a little earlier :p

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Too much choices, so spoilt with choices except our pocket wasnt. :p

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You know, once you had the best calamari, its so hard to get one to replace…!

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We thought the soft shell crab is tasty and better comparing the two.

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Main course for sharing :)

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They are pretty nice to remember the name haha :)

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its so crowded when we leaving

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Open concept kitchen :)

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You can opt for outdoor seat too.

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Crab Shack @ Wellington
5 Queens Wharf, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand


Mount Victoria Lookout @ Wellington

And, a simple trip up Mount Victoria for the view before the sunset down :)

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What a great day for such view :)

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Airbnb

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P.S. Ian Athfield is really famous with his work especially – Wellington Central Library, Jade Stadium in Christchurch, and even Bangkok rapid transport system.

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The stairs, that teng said it look like beauty and the beast dungeon. she doesnt have a good feeling of the entire stay, while I find it alright, too steep and narrow stairs.

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the room, with those pillar around, I knocked straight in front of my entire face the next morning :/

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Toilet

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bathroom. (i didnt post the kitchen and other rooms because…. it doesn’t look as good as it is haha)

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A gift for myself, spot this cute kiwi that is exclusive in NZ :)

 

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 7

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Waking up a little late because it’s a wet morning. The rain just get heavier and heavier so we slowly had our breakfast made by me. I can’t do much, but scramble egg with salmon is all I can do :) Yet the rain got even heavier even after our breakfast, so we decided to wait a little more while watching tv and arranging our laundry….

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Our yummy breakfast. Scrambled egg with prawn (yummy really, should i do it this friday?)


Mount Taranaki
They said, if we are lucky, we will get to see the snowy top of Mount Taranaki, but due to the rain this morning, I guessed, we might not be that lucky this time.

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here are are at Mount Taranaki, but we didn’t hike it because the route was “closed” maybe because its slippery and dangerous due to the rain in the morning.

So we headed to Dawson Fall instead.
At this visitor centre, such a good view of Mount Taranaki ;)

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Proceed to Dawson Falls :)

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A short walk from Egmont National Park, about 20mins (to and from) I think? A walk that worth of this……

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So, here’s 1 photo with Dawson Falls, its quite a small one to be honest :p

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Dinner made by teng, yummy, the sauce was good, I remembered a little white wines too. haha :p

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 6

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Honestly, I really doesn’t feel like leaving our Airbnb because it’s so comfy. It’s probably our best stay for the last 5 days in NZ. But we need to embark the journey of 3hours. And first business of the day will definitely our breakfast! We passed by Replete Cafe & Store, and decided this will be our awesome breakfast before we reached our next airbnb.

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Replete Cafe & Store
45 Heuheu St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand

 


>>> Three Sisters and The Elephant

One of the main reasons why we went over to New Plymouth is to see the famous Three Sisters and The Elephant that located near Tongaporutu. Originally, there’s 3 (25 metre tall) rock formations by the sea but eventually its left with 2 now, and currently the elephant truck is destroy in 2016 :( Years of sea waters/ rains/ sun and wind……

The most interesting fact about viewing the famous three sisters and the elephant is that we have to wait for the low tide, which took us about 2 hours, around 6pm to be able to walk over on the soft sand over. If not, you probably gonna swim over :p

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Found this place of happiness where beautiful cows and wonderful sky :)

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Spot them! :)

Three Sisters and The Elephant
Clifton Rd, Tongaporutu 4378, New Zealand

 


Our Airbnb & Dinner! :)

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Went over to COUNTDOWN and got all these…. any idea what we wanted to do tonight? :p

We decided to stay away from New Plymouth, at this small town where we didn’t regret in fact, filled with surprised of how beautiful this place is.

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 5

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Our simple day started with traveling from Rotorua to Taupo. Having 5 hours before check-in our next accommodation we had really plenty of time to explore along the way. We decided to head over to the Huka Fall first and eat later. Beautiful scenery will spice up our taste bud haha. According to some of my friend, Huka Fall is one of the filming destination of LOTR, I guessed fans shouldnt miss it. The clarity of the tiffany blue water is really amazing. So pretty!

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the tiffany blue water ;)

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You can take a cruise to get closer the Huka Fall or even the Jet boat (We taking the jet boat in Queentown so we not doing it here though we pretty much tempted! :p)

Huka Fall
Taupo 3377, New Zealand


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Lunch at Huka Prawn Park, this plate cost us – $49.90NZD

Huka Prawn Park
Karetoto Rd, Wairakei 3377, New Zealand


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Hello from Taupo! :)

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world’s coolest mcdonald in the world :)

Taupo Mcdonald
48 Roberts St, Taupo 3330, New Zealand


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Taupo Cafe Baku
2 Roberts Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand


Our airbnb for a night at Lake Taupo.
One of my top 5 accommodation :)

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 4

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

We thought of having fish and chip to try the difference between Australia and NZ. There’s shouldnt be a big difference we thought. So, I went online and google and found this place that got some awards and really popular in Rotorua. (but we fare differently!)

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It looks like some fast food restaurant, but we give some doubt since, MCD is good! :p

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Our simple order, but the chunky fries are too much for us.

Oppies Fish & Chips And Chinese Takeaway
 259 Fenton Street, Victoria, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
*No parking lot, so we actually parked near the Countdown that is 5 mins by walking?
*Not worth trying🙄, I will spend the money on MCD even there’s MCD everywhere in the world


Te Puia – Rotorua Geothermal & Geysers

Rotorua has some attractions, and we planned to cover them today since they are all located very near each other. So our first stop will be looking at the Geothermal & Geysers. I longed to see the one in Iceland (which is so pretty on photos!), so this will be a good “replacement” I thought. I assume.

We bought our ticket at the counter and decided to go for Te Ra Experience with Add on Haka that cost us 69NZD per pax. This package included

  • Explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60 hectare Geothermal Valley.
  • A Kiwi House & Viewing Enclosure
  • Traditional Māori Carving and Weaving
  • Māori Art & History
  • A model Pre-European Māori Village and sacred Marae
  • Taonga Gallery and Gift Shop

To highlight the entire 69NZD Package

  • We didn’t get to see Kiwi because the room is so small and so dark and they are hiding 😧
  • Carving woods display but we didn’t get to see them do it or neither we get to do hand-on 😧😧
  • You still able to go to the Gift shop even without the package (haha!) 😧😧😧

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Geyers.

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Te Puia – Rotorua Geothermal & Geysers
Hemo Rd, Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand


Lake Rotorua and walking around the city for food :)

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And, soon dinner time :)

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We ordered stonegrill set because everyone seems to order that. We picked the custom grill so we picked 1 chicken 1 beef. – 28.90NZD

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Basil Chicken Pasta :) 🍝

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Oyster, yet not the best. I remembered how nice the one in Tasmania!

Craft Bar And Kitchen
1115 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand


Stopped by Kuirau Park

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Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua

A total of 21 suspension bridges between 22 Californian coastal redwoods with LED design by David Trubridge (NZ world-acclaimed design and sustainability champion). We picked Nightlight over the day time because we wanted to experience something different as we able to do natural walk the next few days too. This 40 over illuminate and feature light will illuminate 115 years old redwood tress for a night forest environment experience.

This night-time experience offer visitors and locals the opportunity to explore Rotorua’s majestic Redwood forest under the shroud of darkness; illuminated by Trubridges’ bespoke creations to create an immersive and captivating environment.

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Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua
Long Mile Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Ticket: 25NZD

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Back to our airbnb with this view, and last night at Rotorua!

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 3

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Simple itinerary for day 3 – Just a Cave and a Fall. 😅

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We went for drive-thru breakfast and head for our 1hour drive! :) Honestly, the hashbrown that comes with it, is really GOOD!

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So we did the famous Glowworm Caves experience and I really find it not as amazing as photo or video shown. You can’t take any photo or video of it as well, and its quite a short tour ☹️

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After the ride… haha, nothing much but smile happily 😝

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We wanted to take a photo of this car park slope because its really steep but we just can’t get it right haha!

 


 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves > Wairere Falls

 

I have been to a few waterfalls in my life, and those are in Jeju. I always thought, we just park nearby and we will able get to see it within 10 minutes walk. But, it doesn’t applied to NZ’s fall. haha. We went to Wairere Falls which is the highest waterfall in the North Island that is 500 feet tall :)

We went for the walking tracks that runs from the carpark to the lookout. NO we didn’t continue our route to the top of the falls as it will takes another 4hours returns and it will be really dark by then, we doesn’t want to get lost in the forest (according to NZ’s people leg length, we probably takes another 30mins more without resting lol).

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We thought we might be halfway but no, we are not anywhere halfway. haha.

We walked, we climbed, we “crawled”.

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& We finally reached the lookout for the Wairere Falls. The entire walk is pretty tiring because there isn’t nice smooth routes for us, its all about forest walk, and muddy path that we had to bear in mind to be careful than slip away.

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And us! :)

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After completing the route :) Yeah! And it marked end of our Day 3! Pretty fast! :)

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Dinner is served! It’s my first time cooking salmon, mushroom, nothing difficult but its my first time! :)

 

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 2

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

We reached Auckland around 11:30pm. It’s quite a long flight, nearly 10 hours straight flight. Thanks god for the 2 meals in flight, we are probably full and decided to go straight to our first airbnb, wash up and have a good sleep (and in between, doing some works etc).

I didn’t take much photos of our first accommodation because it’s really small to capture in detail. They do  have everything like a small kitchen, small wardrobe and a small queen size bed. That very night was raining heavily, and we could feel the raindrops hitting the caravan badly HAHA.

Our plan for the day is AUCKLAND > MATAMATA > ROTORUA :)

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#Behind me is our first house of #hellosihuigoesNZ. It’s quite an expensive, cheap and worth the experience. but definitely a little troublesome because you can’t open your luggage here definitely.


Our travel time was about 2hours from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set. Our next meal will be only during our dinner time at our 2nd home. So our plan was to have a good meal and this include one of our favourite (in this 20 days in NZ) is at Best Ugly. Best Ugly are famous with their bagels, and we are not disappointed at all. ☺

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Teng had Tuna Melt, and not surprising I have my King Salmon ☺ Their ingredient is really generous and we felt really happy with our first meal of the day ☺

Best Ugly Bagels
3A York St, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Note: You need to pay and park your car at the side, please prepare coin for all parkings☺


Next: AUCKLAND > MATAMATA

So, our official first road trip in New Zealand start. 2 hours car ride from Auckland to Matamata.

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We stopped by somewhere.

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Hobbiton Movie Set to know more about how Peter Jackson as a director found out this special land and his ideas for this movie.

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So blessed with good weather! :)

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The only door that is open in the hobbiton movie set, and just in case you thought its furnish decor, it nothing inside haha :p

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Overview

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Walking to the The Green Dragon Inn :)

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Hobbiton Movie Set
501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata 3472 New Zealand
Cost: NZD79


Matamama > Rotorua

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On our way to our 2nd accommodation, we saw rainbow :) And actually its a double rainbow as we drove :)

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Home for 3 nights :)

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Kitchen that we cooked up our first dinner at Rotorua! :)

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Thank you my friend for making sautéed mushroom and herb salmon pasta  ☺

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