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[#fly2NZ] New Zealand Day 14

[#HELLOSIHUIGOESNZ Oct-Nov 2017]

We had a really simple day yesterday since we spent most of our time travelling down. Good thing is we get to pass by beautiful scenery and we even got down around Arthur Pass for photo too. So blessed with good weather, definitely a little cold, but great weather for travelling long distance :)

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And, the best part of today, is waking up to a great morning. Sun is not yet not too strong for our tracking later on. We have some itinerary line up for a great day like this and let’s started with the first one.


Fairlie > Earth & Sky – Astro-Cafe

First, we will be passing by Lake Tekapo and headed to the instagram-worthy Cafe in the south – Earth & Sky Astro Cafe. If I did not remembered wrongly, we need to pay 8NZD for each vehicle and after the payment, the route is a little challenging because its steep and narrow :p

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Standing right in front of our car!

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#the sky, imagine the sky at night with full of stars.

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teng said, i need a “influencer shot” lol

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Check out the view of Lake Tekapo!

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my breakfast view is better than yours!

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Astro cafe is located at Mount John observatory where you can star gazing too :) And we will able to have a overview of the pretty mirror effect of Lake Tekapo as well. So pretty!

Earth & Sky – Astro-Cafe
Mount John Observatory, Godley Peaks Rd, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand

 


Lake Pukaki
Mount Cook Alpine Salmon (Freshwater King Salmon)

Next, we will be driving 40mins to Lake Pukaki, and enjoyed our salmon meal. We thought of having a fuller meal this time round since we will be doing tracking after this and our host told us to prepare some snack over as well. (We bought chocolate and chips!)

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look at the mirror reflection of Lake Pukaki! :)

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that’s a whole lot of salmon!

We bought freshwater king salmon from the Mount Cook Alpine Salmon store and ate right in front of this mirror reflection view. I am lacking of vocab for it, but you can totally see from the photos! :)

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Mount Cook Alpine Salmon
Lake Pukaki Information Centre, SH8, between Tekapo and Twizel, Pukaki 7999, New Zealand

 


Mount Cook – Hooker Valley Track

Next will be driving to Mount Cook and through the entire journey, is effortlessly beautiful. I wanted to sing James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful. The snowy cap mountain make us speechless and we just can’t believe this is New Zealand. It’s definitely one of the prettiest place I visited (of cos, I still love Europe more). I have to say, if you didn’t visit Mount Cook, you really missing out something gorgeous in New Zealand.

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on our way! :p

On our way to Hooker Valley!

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top view :)

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can’t help to post so many photos, and I already filtered so much out :/

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I wish I can do nothing and stare at the sky

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At night, back to our home for the night. The sky turned a little pink (in real life)

 


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Airbnb

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

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Airbnb

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