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NZ 2012 – Day 4 – Dunedin

Apr 18, 12 at 11:45 am

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Day 4

Google Maps - Dunedin - Otago Peninsula


Things have been looking great so far and Day 4 was no exception either. A clear but cold morning greeted us as we inched towards the Otago Peninsula.

The Otago Peninsula is a long, hilly indented finger of land that forms the easternmost part of Dunedin, New Zealand. Volcanic in origin, it forms one wall of the eroded valley that now forms Otago Harbour. The peninsula lies south-east of Otago Harbour and runs parallel to the mainland for 20 km, with a maximum width of 9 km. It is joined to the mainland at the south-west end by a narrow isthmus about 1.5 km wide.

Otago Peninsula
The fabulous morning from Otago Peninsula

NZ 2012 – Day 3 – Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to Dunedin

Apr 12, 12 at 8:52 pm

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Day 3
Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin

Google Maps Mt Cook National Park to Dunedin


It was only 6am when I woke up. It was still dark outside. After cleaning and packing up my stuffs, I drew the curtain away in the room and..


Wow! What a beautiful mountain!

It wasn’t Mount Cook but Mount Sefton is equally gorgeous. Ok maybe this is my first time seeing a snow-capped mountain.

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Mount Sefton

NZ 2012 – Day 2 – Tekapo to Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

Apr 5, 12 at 11:56 am

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Day 2
Tekapo to Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park

Google Maps Tekapo to Mt Cook


We began the second day with yet another cloudy day. It began to drizzle when we checked out from the hostel. Undeterred, we took a small drive uphill to Mount John, located just about 10 minutes drive from Tekapo.

Tekapo on a stone...
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NZ 2012 – Day 1 – Christchurch to Tekapo

Apr 3, 12 at 1:41 pm

I’m sorry I left you too soon. You are so beautiful and marvellous. I’ve posted countless photos of you and they say you look simply irresistible. They say you’re impossible to be that beautiful in nature’s way. I defended you deeply, for I’ve seen you with my own eyes, and therefore, you’re real for sure. Oh, my NZ~!

What were you thinking???? 😀


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Day 1
Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Google Map: Christchurch to Tekapo


First day in NZ was pretty fuss-free. It was a cloudy day but the temperature was just nice. After getting our supplies, we took to the road and began driving towards south. Needless to say, the drive was amazing, we were rewarded with fantastic view of the plains. As we rolled further away from the city, we could see more sheep and cows feeding on the grasslands.

It didn’t take long before we made our first unscheduled pitstop, at Rakaia. I guess we were attracted by a giant salmon replica standing proudly by the main road. Rakaia is actually the salmon capital of New Zealand. There is a cafe right opposite the replica, but we had to move on as we have spent a lot of time in Christchurch earlier.

All yer salmon belong to me!

NZ 2012 Executive Summary

Apr 2, 12 at 5:04 pm

Hey you! Thanks for the aptly reminder about getting my NZ trip chronicled on this blog. The photos are mostly done, thanks to a secret software that helped in speeding up the post-processing, otherwise it will take me months to complete it.

Okay, where do we start? An itinerary? No way! It’s too precious! LOL just kidding… Well, if you are planning for one, let me know. I’d be glad to help you out to minimise the cost and maximise the fun! The entire trip cost me about RM8,000 and that includes shopping. Well, the breakdown cost is as follow:

(Note: All rounded up for easier calculation)
Flight – RM1,700
Accommodation – RM1,100
Food – RM1,500 (Rough estimates, I wasn’t sure if we ate that much)
Car + Gas – RM1,000
Admission tickets (boat cruise, etc) – RM1,900
Shopping – RM1,000
Grand total – RM8,200

We cooked our dinner most of the time, buying stuffs from supermarket almost daily during our 14-day stay. Our eat-out meals cost ranges from NZ10-20, and there was a day where we splurged and ate like there’s no tomorrow. 🙂

Accommodation wise, we stayed at 11 different hostels of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) network. Each hostel gives a different experience, which is really an eye-opener as we could see people from different countries. Why 11? Well, south island of NZ is not your ordinary Penang island, and to travel from a place to another takes 3-4 hours on the road, plus we are doing a round-island tour, hence the 11 different hostels is necessary. Believe me, it’s fun.

So, this is my executive summary of my entire trip. I hope I find enough time to write and post gorgeous photos from the trip.

Day 1 – Christchurch to Tekapo
Day 2 – Tekapo to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Day 3 – Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to Dunedin
Day 4 – Dunedin
Day 5 – Dunedin to Te Anau
Day 6 – Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown
Day 7 – Queenstown
Day 8 – Queenstown to Wanaka
Day 9 – Wanaka to Franz Josef
Day 10 – Franz Josef to Greymouth
Day 11 – Greymouth to Hanmer Springs
Day 12 – Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura to Christchurch
Day 13 – Christchurch — KL

Til then, if you have any comment/question, feel free to ask. Leave a comment! I’d be more than happy to see some comments. 🙂

Hello From NZ!

Mar 13, 12 at 7:32 pm

It has been 5 days since our arrival at New Zealand and so far everything rocks! Life has never been so spectacular and here I am, enjoying every single moment as much as I can!

We have been enduring the crazy 4 seasons in a day weather but we loved every second of it.

Here are some photos taken with my phone. They’re just too lovely. 🙂

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Figuring how to fit our luggage

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Rakaia, salmon town?

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Lake Tekapo is seriously awesome!

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View from YHA Lake Tekapo

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From atop Mt John Observatory. Weather wasn’t that good though.

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The glorious Mt Cook!

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An unknown lake after Omarama town.

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Our dinner in Dunedin.

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On the way to Otago Peninsula.

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Larnach Castle at Otago Peninsula

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Knox Church on Dunedin

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Lamb shank!

On a sidenote, Air Asia X has confirmed that KL-Christchurch will be terminated by end of May. This is really bad news. 🙁

That’s all, folks. Hope the coming days will be fun as well. 🙂