NZ 2012 – Day 7 – Queenstown

Jun 14, 12 at 11:30 am

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Day 7
Queenstown

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Our day started with typical breakfast consisting of bread, muesli, mushroom soup, soy milk and energy bars. Way too healthy for us. 🙂

We then took a brief walk to the Real Journeys office located just 3 minutes from our hostel and immediately we saw the classic TSS Earnslaw Steamship docking proudly at the jetty.

TSS Earnslaw @ Queenstown
TSS Earnslaw

NZ 2012 – Day 6 – Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

May 16, 12 at 12:42 am

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Day 6
Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

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I was sort of looking forward to Day 6 because of Milford Sound. I’ve read so many exciting stories about the place prior to the trip and now, everything will be fully unveiled in front of my own eyes. I couldn’t even sleep properly the night before as I kept thinking about the place.

But first, I had to get over the slight disappointment when I found out that it was still raining when I woke up the following day. Feeling helpless about the weather, we packed our bags before checking out from the hostel.

It was still dark when we hit the road. Coupled with rain, our designated driver took the road with extra attention.

I couldn’t recall much what happened during the journey as I dozed off halfway. Somehow when I woke up, the skies have brighten up but the rain still did not even budge a bit. However, with brighter skies now, we could see much more – with mountains on both sides of the road, but they were no ordinary mountains. Hundreds of waterfalls were lining up the walls of those mountains. The scene was so gorgeous that we even stopped by the roadside to get better view. Thanks for the persistent rain, otherwise we wouldn’t able to witness such jaw-dropping scenery.

Milford Sound
Temporary waterfalls.. Such a scene..

NZ 2012 – Day 5 – Dunedin to Te Anau

May 7, 12 at 11:06 pm

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Day 5
Dunedin – Te Anau

GoogleMap_Dunedin_TeAnau

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After two great days in Dunedin, it was time to pack our bags and continue our journey. After checking out from YHA, we drove south towards Balclutha.

We stumbled upon another scenic stop on the way and decided to take a quick detour. Lake Waihola was shrouded in mist that morning but still breathtaking in its own way. We only managed to stay for few minutes as it was very cold.

Lake Waihola
Misty Waihola

NZ 2012 – Day 4 – Dunedin

Apr 18, 12 at 11:45 am

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Day 4
Dunedin

Google Maps - Dunedin - Otago Peninsula

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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

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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..

*gasp!*

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

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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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