NZ 2012 – Day 13 – Christchurch — KL

Aug 28, 12 at 11:36 pm

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Day 13
Christchurch to KL

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Slight drizzle greeted us on our final day in NZ. Unwillingly, we dragged our luggage to the car, and drove around the city looking for breakfast.

Vic's Cafe
Vic’s Cafe

I did not plan anything on this day. I felt if there’s anything which we did not manage to do for the past 12 days, this would be the day we’d make up for it. Thankfully, we were pretty much settled down and therefore, we unanimously picked Canterbury Museum as the place to go.

Christchurch was still pretty much in rubble, especially the CBD area. Much of the area was cordoned off. There were ongoing constructions almost everywhere. I felt so sorry for what had struck this beautiful city.

After our lovely breakfast (and our new obsession with paninis), we navigated few streets away to find the beautiful Canterbury Museum sitting next to Botanic Gardens.

Canterbury Museum
Canterbury Museum

NZ 2012 – Day 11 – Greymouth to Hanmer Springs

Aug 26, 12 at 10:14 pm

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Day 11
Greymouth to Hanmer Springs

Greymouth - Punakaiki - Hanmer Springs
Point A (Starting point) = Greymouth
Point B = Punakaiki
Point C = Hanmer Springs

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2 more nights left until our scheduled flight back to reality. After our epic glacier hike, it was time to seek something different again.

Greymouth
Coastal road

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes

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

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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

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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.

Rakaia
All yer salmon belong to me!