[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 13

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Remember I mentioned about booking our accommodation for Franz Josef last? One of the mistake we did yet a blessing?

Because it turned out a great weather for us totally. If we followed “the right route” we will not able to have a mirror effect lake as it’s raining last 3 days of our trip, and we supposed to travel back and staying at Fairlie instead. What a blessing! :) 

Guess we made a sweet mistake.

 


 

Breakfast at Full of Beans

Kenneth used to work here during his working holiday, so we tried here since we need to get breakfast nearby before our super long journey!

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Simple breakfast for sharing! :)

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Well, it’s a super long journey for us from Franz Josef to Fairlie, and we decided to take another route – Authur’s Pass to have a scenic view :) I have to say, the south scenery really very pretty, so effortlessly pretty.

 

 


Airbnb @ Fairlie :)

Long journey, but thankful to the awesome weather! :)
Once again, I am so happy with our accommodation and we decided to end our night slightly earlier today! :D

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Our next home! :)

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My host is a farmer! and he had a bigger farm far far away from here, he pointed – that field, haha!

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Hello Billy, the 4weeks old goat! :)

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So true! haha :p

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We didn’t want to do much, especially after a long drive. We ate our favourite simple dinner with many cheeses and eggs! :)

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Good Night :)


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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 12

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Our next journey will be driving to Fox Glacier directly for our Fox Glacier Heli Hike which is a combination of Fly in and out via Helicopter and walking on on the Fox Glacier. This is our 2nd highlight of our NZ trip! :)

Having the thrill of helicopter flights, we get to a higher point and explore a part of the glacier where there’s ice caves over the pinnacles of the ice fall.

The safety procedures really very long, explained every single detail. The helicopter ride we took at 12 apostles really just guided us directly to the helicopter without any explanation haha. But better to be safe. We will be equipped with leather walking boots and Crampons + Walking poles that will be given only when we are up on the ice!

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Took together with other strangers, but die die want selfie :P

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The view ;)

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While waiting for our Crampons + Walking poles!

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Beautiful sight! :)

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We were lead by a taiwanese guide, and most of our tour are from china, so she seems really happy to speak in chinese instead :p

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:)

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our guide ensure everywhere was really safe for us before we proceed! :)

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Us :)

This is a short clip I did and edit on my phone on that day :)

I strongly encourage anyone who is heading to NZ to take this tour. Although the price is a little steep, the experience in return is so memorable. I remembered sharing alot with my friends that, this is something worth heading for. We can’t get to see this in most Asian countries either. Do it, im sure you will enjoyed like we do! :)

 


The Landing @ Franz Josef

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Our dinner is simple, really simple at one of the random restaurant along Franz Josef (Cron St). We knew the dinner won’t be amazing since it’s along “the-you-know-it-attraction-and-you-dont-want-to-give-hope“. I will suggest you buy food from the FourSquare along Cron St, and made your own dinner in your accommodation.


 

Airbnb @ Kahere Retreat

Staying along Franz Josef Glacier area, you knew you will be paying alot more than expect. This is our most expensive stay through our entire New Zealand trip. I can’t say it justify because it’s really expensive.

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Self check in, so we took the jug with my name on! :)

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Good Night! :)
The wifi was not strong, neither our data was strong… One of the nights that we doesn’t need to do work, doesn’t need to be connected… Great rest! :)

We planned all our stay from north to south. We planned so much and keeping this last (which ended up a little detour cos we can’t travel to Lake Tekapo across the mountain… but, it’s a blessing in disguise despite the long journey! We had a good awesome lake view – more on that later~)

 


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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 11

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Our 5hours journey started again, the reason for this is because, we wanted a stopover at Greymouth as we don’t think we will have enough daylight to drive to Franz Josef, and it’s wiser to stay at Greymouth and head over to Fox Glacier that morning for our tour. (long story, but you get what I mean after the next few post too!)

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Before we leave, here’s a photo with our lovely host, whom so nice to us. She shared so many stories to us regards to this little town, giving us more insight of this hidden gem. She also shared with us that, along Pelorus river there’s stayed a postman who bring goods and letter over to the mountainous area opposite our stay.

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Takeaway coffee at one of the very small cafe along havelock! :)

 


Nelson – Boat Shed Cafe

We decide to do the route > Nelson > Greymouth :)

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Is it spring that is coming?

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A found in Nelson. I have to say Nelson is really pretty, probably because its locate at eastern shores of Tasman Bay. It’s the oldest city in the south, 2nd-oldest in the entire New Zealand, which I don’t exactly feel it. The blue sky and sea make it so pretty.

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Lunch served! :)

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Pan roasted snapper – 33.50
w mung bean sprouts, red onion, cucumber, cashews, chilli & coriander salad w lime & tamarind dressing

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Ōra king salmon carpaccio – 15.50
w avocado, radish, chives, soy, lime & chilli dressing, sesame seeds & sichuan salt & pepper

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Bbq Coromandel scallops – 23.50
w cauliflower purée, boudin noir, fennel, cress & lemon

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Nelson – Boat Shed Cafe
Wakefield Quay 350 State Hwy, Stepneyville, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

 


Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes

I saw so many instagram photos of pancake rocks, so many fancy photos of this “must-visit” attraction. We visited it late due to our long drive journey from Havelock. but, we manage to catch the sunset nearby.

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this is the pancake rock! :)

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This pancake rocks is not too difficult walk, just a 20mins loop walk, its not exactly interesting but good to have a good spectacular view of the westerly sea, and sunset makes it orangish-and pretty.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
Main Road, Paparoa, New Zealand

 


Airbnb @ Greymouth

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On our way to our airbnb! Beautiful sunset :)

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Our host is away for their son birthday party when we arrived, but its not difficult at all. I actually appreciate the easy and smooth check-in for us, and even appreciate more than our host visited us and have a chat that last 30mins or so. You know your host doesn’t need to do so but they did, its really nice for them to know how we are doing and need any help! :) I recommend this stay too! :)

 


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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 10

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

These were one of our main highlight of our New Zealand trip. I know many people did skydiving, water rafting or even bungee jump too. But, we did none of this because we are really scare of those exciting extreme sport haha. So, we did this instead – Dolphin Swim.

So we drove 45mins (honestly, this is nothing when you had mostly 2hours ride in previous nights) back to Picton Ferry Terminal as that’s where the pickup point. This time, we used the simple route that our host told us to avoid the crazy up and down steep mountainous route.

Dolphin swim with Eko Tours

Eko Tours given us a magical wet suit that is really different the norm. The special material of the wet suit that serve like a float, a life vest too. With no doubt, we wont able to dive in the water no matter what haha.

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This clip is film when I was swimming with them.

This clip is filmed on the yacht we took, look how happy they were that day!

It’s really one of my most enjoyable activities till date. I have no problem with swimming but being first time to open sea, it’s something makes me a little nervous and exciting. Having a family of dolphins swimming around us, and enjoying our company as much as we enjoyed theirs totally. I strongly encourage anyone who is heading to New Zealand (South island) to experience this! It’s something memorable that you want to bring back.  A kind of happiness and laughter seeing all this wildlife just 0 distance from you! :)


Lunch at Saint Clair Family Estate

We knew we wanted our lunch to be one of the vineyards when we drove past this morning. We just not sure which one to visit, but driving pass a few and we decided this because it looks pretty (super photo worthy too!) And, we never regret too. It’s one of our top food list in New Zealand (during our stay) too.

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Lunch view was so good so great! :)

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Our lunch is served :)

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We had Cloudy Bay Clams, the pasta is really homemade style that taste really interesting. Their white wine sauce is homemade brand – Saint Clair white wine.

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Salmon Fillet, we thought its just salmon fillet, but we were surprised it came with tomato risotto too, we definitely didn’t expect this.

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Inspiration from the kitchen, because we thought everything gonna be really small, we have something we thought – salad. It came out more than just a side, more like a main to us haha.

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Makana Confections
Right opposite the vineyard :)

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We drove opposite to this makana confection to just take a look, and ended up buying 1 chocolate pack eat. I bought this – Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch for my dad, and regret just 1 pack, it doesnt take too long to finish that very small pack. My dad loves it, its coated with macadamia, or rather we can’t see much of anything except macadamia. We love it totally.

Saint Clair Family Estate
Corner of Rapaura & Selmes Road, Blenheim (Route 62)

Makana Confections 
Opposite Saint Clair Family Estate (Route 62)


Dinner at Captain’s Daughter

This is my favourite restaurant with the best food in the entire New Zealand trip. So much praise with their service and the food especially :) It’s round up our havelock journey with a blast! :)

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The beef, I heard from teng its so good, one of her favourite during our NZ trip! :)

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This, truffle prawn risotto was my favourite meal in the entire NZ trip. The taste really out of the world, because so good so simple. The prawns so fresh so much so big. I mean, the entire plate is really good that I still missing it so much now.

Captain’s Daughter
72 Main Rd, Havelock 7100, New Zealand

Before we say goodnight to our last night here, I have to share how enjoyable this 2 night were. Havelock is indeed a hidden gems, a tiny town where you might mis-looked as you might choose to stay between Picton or Nelson. I’m glad very very glad to stay here instead. Our host really nice, and food really good, and everything just simply started with a blast since we reached South. Even the car was a better ride haha.


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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 9

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Our Day starts really early, as there’s several things we need to do before heading for the ferry at Wellington Harbour.

  • Full tank pump (ya again when we just do a full tank yesterday haha!)
  • Return our car (clear all the rubbish)
  • Check in before 815am (our ferry is at 9am)
  • Had breakfast (it’s very important for my friend lol)

We left our place earlier, despite, we were stuck in the jam badly. Probably everyone is heading to the city for work? A short 20mins turned out near 40mins…. Lucky we still in time include having breakfast lol.

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Thank you Toyota Rav 4 serving us great :)

It’s pretty easy for us as we just parked our car at the designated area (for europcar, same for the rest, just check the board and park haha) And headed for a simple check-in. We managed to clear all 2 big luggages and 2 hand carry for check-in Yeah!

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doing my freelance work throughout the ride!

Our Journey from South to North ;)

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Reaching at Picton Ferry Terminal, we picked our car, a smart car.

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And head over to our new home for 2 nights at Havelock. Nevertheless, GPS guided us to this scenic route that is really freaking challenging. Teng’s driving skill instantly up another level after that.


Late lunch at Mussel Pot (recommend by our airbnb host)

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I don’t eat mussel but I am going to give the first try here. Teng said, she never knew mussel can be this fresh and those she ate before is crap haha. According to our host, havelock is a “mussel port”, all the mussels in NZ come from this little town.

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The Mussel Pot Restaurant and Cafe
73 Main Rd, Havelock 7100, New Zealand

Captain’s Daughter (recommend by our airbnb host)
That evening, we decided we are too full for a meal, but get a drink instead. I ordered Ice Chocolate and guessed what was given? :) Amazing!

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There’s iced chocolate, with ice cream + chocolate syrup and oreo! Mr barista forgot about I having it away, and put it in a jar cup for dine in. I brought it back the next day since we having our dinner here tmr (It’s the best dinner I have entire 20days!)

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Airbnb (one of my top 5 accommodation in NZ)

Havelock is a really small village in Marlborough region in New Zealand. We call Havelock a hidden gems, that I really wish many people will try to explore here a little. A little quiet, a little interesting, a little more stories to tell.

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Our airbnb is so beautiful right? The bed is so comfy :)

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Not forgetting, we have awesome view too :) My view when I was rushing for work that evening! :)

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The little boat that belong to my airbnb host :)

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[#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


Camera
Canon M3, Go Pro 4 Hero, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Accommodation
Airbnb

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