Tagged: Free and Easy New Zealand

[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 18

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Good Morning! Its a raining morning and we gonna have a short drive to Queenstown. We have already planned to have crepes this morning since we drove pass the little car cabin yesterday.

Breakfast @ Charlie Brown.

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Plus, the staff who did it is cute hahahahahhahahaha!

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Picked Banana chocolate crepe for sharing! :)

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The menu! :)

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We bought our drink here for the drive! :)

Charlie Browns
77-79 Brownston Street
, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

The Coffee Shack
75 Brownston St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand


On our way to Queenstown!

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Driving pass~

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Because its raining, so we just headed here for a random lunch. (not so impressive)

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Calamari, but I still love the one in Perth! :)

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Pastry with chicken! :)

After lunch, we have a walked around the city centre…..

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And yes, I grab a cup of hot chocolate for such cold weather too! :)

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Walking around the city centre :)

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Airbnb & Dinner

One of our favourite airbnb during our entire stay. The entire room is so warm and comfortable despite its been raining the past 2 days!

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Just in front of The Remarkables! :)

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We went to our favourite supermarket – Countdown, and this time near our new home at Queenstown. We love our new home so much, and the fact that we can watch Netflix on tv quite shiok :)

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We made thai prawn salad and watched 13 Reasons why! :)

 


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Airbnb

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 17

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

I always look forward to our home-made meal because I can have really fresh baby spinach as side. I doesn’t know how Aussie and NZ did this, but its so fresh than home. Something I wished I have this back home too.

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Our breakfast that doesn’t look good but taste alot better than it looks haha! Salmon with chives cheese cream with potatoes and mushroom!

Our day was really simple, just do some simple walks around Wanaka. My plan was head over to That Wanaka Tree, and have a walk from Glendhu Bay. We will ended a short walk at city centre, and buy some groceries from New World.

 


That Wanaka Tree

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Everyone in New Zealand will travel down to Wanaka for this tree. Apparently, its really a small tree haha! But with the perfect background it looks so pretty!

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I think I am lucky enough to have this little people around…

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So I can get perfect shot :)

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That Wanaka Tree
59 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

 


Glendhu Bay

My dear friend gave up because she find it boring, I do agreed. So we decided to end our track and headed back early :)

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Meanwhile along Glendhu Bay!

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We saw the family!

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We picked up a couple from Germany! 

We picked a young couple from Germany at Glendhu Bay and send them back to Wanaka city centre where they left their caravan this morning for the hiking. We exchanged some chats, and they even show us their caravan and told us is really small but everything you need is inclusive – and this included a small kitchen too :)

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At Trout Cafe for waffles. We actually went in for Calamari, but apparently that’s only for dinner menu -.- So, we ate waffles intead, which was pretty not bad :) Sadly the service by the chinese lady is really bad :(

Trout Cafe
151 Ardmore Street, Wanaka, 9305

 


Dinner

Teng is in good mood of making chinese cuisine today!

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That Wanaka Tree @ Night

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So dark, so cold, we headed out for this shot and return :)

 


 

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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 15

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

Probably one of the hottest day we had, my friend just dump her autumn wear today, basically wearing her summer wear :p We gonna to the famous Fairlie Bakehouse for breakfast before our next small “hike”.

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Fairlie Bakehouse
7925, 72 Main St, Fairlie 7925, New Zealand

 


Fairlie > Lake Tekapo 

Church of the Good Shepherd, is one of the highlight for Lake Tekapo. I have seen so many photos of this church and understanding that from perspective, it’s actually a very small church. But, I never thought it’s way smaller than I thought haha. And lupins are not in full bloom as well (what a waste!)

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Lupin not fully bloom and I am sad :(

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Church of the Good Shepherd
Pioneer Dr, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand

 


Mount Cook – Tasman Glacier Lake

The weather is so hot that we think that we shld not go out and got ourselves bake instead. It’s typically living in a oven that very afternoon. We spent some times doing nothing, people watching at a cafe at Mount Cook Village.

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While driving to Tasman Glacier Carpark, we actually saw some filming going-on, will that be the next Lord Of The Rings? haha. Tasman Glacier wasn’t easy at all, it’s 25mins worth of stair climbing :/ In another word  – non stop of climbing steps for next 25mins.

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Tasman Lake, without all the ice berg :p

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The blue pool that is no longer blue :/

 


Peter’s Lookout

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We can’t help it, but stopped the car and take a look at this amazing lake. This is just simply New Zealand, relax and looking countless of beautiful scenery :)

 


Red Stag Restaurant

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Red Stag Restaurant
53 Mount Cook Rd, Fairlie 7901, New Zealand

 


Lake Tekapo Star Gazing

We signed up this – http://tekapostargazing.co.nz/ for a hot pool while star gazing. Although the weather wasn’t the best, I already spotted so many stars that very day. I can’t imagine with a good clear weather, what kind of sky I will be expecting heehee. Good and simple experience with a guide who shared many stars information and we get to see galaxy as well as the moon through their lens. It’s amazing! :)

 


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Airbnb

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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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Airbnb

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

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Airbnb

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

Accommodation
Airbnb

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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 :)

 

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

Accommodation
Airbnb

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