Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Zealand Day 5

[23 Mar 2017] Today we went hiking in Mt Cook Hooker Valley. The signboard mentioned it required 1hr 35mins for one way.

Glacial ice river

Lower Hooker Suspension Bridge

We three v

Finally we reached Hooker Lake.

Break time with our prepared sandwiches.

Time to trek back.

It's getting hot and sunny in the afternoon with blue sky.

Very beautiful river scene in Mt Cook Hooker Valley

I wanted a snow cap mountain backdrop.

Goodbye Mt Cook.

Overnight in Twizel Holiday Park. Two-Bedroom Chalet (NZD150)
What a sunny evening, so we did our laundry here. Then we headed to Twizel town for a walk.

Our cottage with 2 bedrooms, small kitchen, living room and limited free wifi.

Homecooked dinner (Pineapple sauce chicken, onion fried egg, ABC soup) and simple breakfast (cereal, croissant, plum).

Thursday, August 03, 2017

New Zealand Day 4

[22 Mar 2017] The next morning, we were back to Church of the Good Shepherd to have morning view. The rocks in Lake Tekapo.

Panorama view of Lake Tekapo.

At the Sheepdog Monument.

Next, heading to Mt John which near to Lake Tekapo...

We lost our way to Lake Alexandrina 
and we have reached Lake McGregor.

Black swans were swimming elegantly in Lake McGregor.

Along the way in Mt John...... and we reached Astro Cafe.

Astro Cafe in Mt John.

Overlooking the Lake Tekapo.

The calm of Lake Tekapo with reflection of blue sky.

It's convenient that we made our own sandwich snack box, we could eat when we were hungry during road trip. My cheese and ham sandwich.

We are back to Lake Tekapo town to fuel up and groceries before leaving to Mt Cook.

On the way, we passby Lake Pukaki.

At the Lake Pukaki Mt Cook Alphine Salmon shop.

Salmon for tonight's dinner.

We continued our journey to Mt Cook. We followed the NZ Give Way rules when we came to one way road.

Our rental car - Renault Captur.

That lady stood in the middle of the road just to take an awesome photo with the backdrop of Mt Cook.

Arrived at Mount Cook Village. Check-in to YHA Aoraki Mt Cook.

The hostel was fully equipped with facilities. Spacious dining area, big kitchen, even with plenty of cooking spices.

It's blessed to have travelmates that were good at cooking.

A short walk out from hostel after our dinner.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

New Zealand Day 3

[21 Mar 2017] We booked taxi (NZD40 shared by 3) to Auckland airport. We were heading to Christchurch (South Island) today.

Once reached the Christchurch Domestic Terminal
we called up our car rental company to pick us up.
We have chosen Snap Rentals for our 10 Days South Island road trip (NZD695 shared by 3). The process of getting our car was fast and smooth. And the car plate is 18! We rely only on the built-in GPS and MAPS.ME offline maps.

Stopby PAK'nSAVE Hornby at The Hub for groceries shopping.

Stock up  some food before leaving from Christchurch to rural scenic spots in South Island.

Our 10 days NZ South Island road trip begin.
Rainbow after a gloomy afternoon

Check-in to Lake Tekapo Budget Accommodation.

Church of the Good Shepherd.

Evening leisure at Lake Tekapo.

We get what we have expected. Private room with comfortable beds, small kitchen, clean bathroom and 300MB free wifi.

Star gazing after dinner. The galaxy looks so clear at night.