Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Venturing Into New Zealand -THE GIST

A trip to New Zealand is always one of our wishlists.But,it had become a pleasant experience when the dream came sooner than we had expected.Yes,we wouldn’t lie... there was  a lot of preparations  made months and months before the actual trip.Wouldn’t you agree with us...that half of the fun is PLANNING for a trip itself?? Imagine the fun of hunting for the cheap flights fare...,browsing over blogs,websites for tips and things to do ............ Plan and plot out a route to take and activities to do along the way..

Before that I am happy to see one of my shutterstock images of New Zealand featured in one of the US review....Milesway-8 of the Craziest Places to Take an Adventure Trip

Our previous oversea trips (well..,ours were just  handful..) were via travel agents.So,this was our first D.I.Y trip.Why D.I.Y  then?The only answer was.. money is tight right now and we couldn’t afford the trip FOR 6 OF US  via agent . So we started to consider designing our tour ourselves so we can spend less on a great trip. A million thanks to CikNy  who finally managed to drag her family to join us..This doubled the joy of the trip..

Our 2 families (10 enthusiastic travellers..wink!) went to South Island, New Zealand from 3-10 Dec 2015.We had stopover  at Sydney (half day on 2nd Dec & 2 days on 11th & 12th Dec).Here is the overview of the trip to NZ, for those of you who are planning a trip there...Hope it will help

We spent 8 nights in motorhomes  and 1 night in a motel in Christchurch.We rented out a six berthed motorhome from MAUI (pronounced as Mawi World!

A summary of our final itinerary is as follows:- Please click the links for the related entries..
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Pre-Journey

A Dream Come True – a teaser on our oncoming trip to NZ
Preparation – tips and tricks,what-to-expect on this DIY trip.The infos gathered from a lot of readings,researches & enquiries.

The Journey Began

Sydney-Transit 12 Hours – on how we spent our 12 hours transit at Sydney Airport
Arrival at Land of Long White Clouds

Christchurch – 1 night stay at Airport Lodge Motel & wandering around the motel neighbourhood

Airport Lodge Motel
Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Christchurch---Rakaia Gorge--MtSomers---Mount Sunday---Lake Tekapo  – Journey to Edoras ,the city built by Rohan's second King, Brego son of Eorl the Young in Lord of The Ring film


Lake Tekapo to Wanaka

Lake Tekapo-Lake Pukaki-Mount Cook our first night at campsite,Lake Tekapo.Admiring the turquoise coloured Lake Pukaki on our way to Mount Cook, the highest mountain in NZ

Church of Good Sheppard,Lake Tekapo
Lake Pukaki
Bushtrekking at Hooker Valley,scenic drive through Lindiss Pass (yellow-brownish grass on mountain slopes that looks like very short and soft fur from afar) ..ended our day at Lake Wanaka campsite.

Hooker Valley Track



Wanaka to Moke Lake

Puzzling World of Wanaka-Lake Dunstan-Cromwel having fun at Wanaka wonderful world of madness and then had best fruit ice cream at Cromwel

Puzzling World of Wanaka
Kawarau Gorge Mining Centre-Roaring Meg-AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge – watching other people doing Bungy Jumping from Kawarau Bridge.Our kids tried the Zipride!..
Bungy Jumping
Zipride
Glenorchy & Moke Lake – enjoying Glenorchy’s spectacular landscapes used as  location for film The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Narnia movies.Headed to magnificient ,scenic Moke Lake campsite -beside a small lake,surrounded by mountains.

Moke Lake
Moke Lake to Milford Sound Lodge

Queenstown - dubbed the Adventure Capital of the World, this city has a lot to offer!We had our gondola and luge rides here.Hooray! 

Skylift
Luge
Te Anau-Eglinton River-Mackay Creek-Mirror Lake-Homer Tunnel-MilfordSound Lodge
unforgettable scary drive through dark Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound Lodge!
Homer Tunnel 
Milford Sound Lodge to Dunedin Holiday Park & Motel
Milford Sound Cruise – a life time experience cruising over 8th world wonder..

Cruising on Milford Sound
Waterfall Splash!
Milford Sound-Homer Tunnel-Route Burton Trek-Deer Flat-TeAnau-Lakefront-Lumsden-Baclutha-Gore-Dunedin long,long drive to Dunedin campsite..But the road trip was scenic..

Route Burton Trek
Dunedin to Timaru
Otago Peninsula-Cadbury World-Dunedin Railway Station-Otago University – No trails of penguins at Otago Peninsula... Dunedin tour by visiting Cadbury World,beautiful railway station and oldest university in NZ...


Baldwin Street-Moeraki Boulders-Oamaru – climbing the steepest street in the world...admiring the unusually huge mineralized rocks along a stretch of Koekohe Beach  and wandering around Oamaru town (a trip to Victorian Era).

Baldwin Street
Moeraki Boulders



Timaru to Christchurch
Christchurch Tramride - Punting on Avon – hop on hop off tramride..touring around Christchurch (rebuilding phase post earthquake)..punting on Avon River in Edwardian style..phew!

Punting on Avon
Last day in NZ
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve,Christchurch – saying goodbye to wallabies and other NZ wildlife creatures..
Arrival at Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Rocks 
Sydney Opera House
Ferry to Manly Beach
Manly Beach
La Perouse Beach
Last day in Sydney..before departing to Home Sweet Home – La Perouse Beach,again..and visit to University of Sydney


Where We Stayed?

AIRPORT LODGE MOTEL-2nd DEC 2015


105 Roydvale Avenue
Christchurch , 8053, New Zealand
2-rooms apartment  NZD 205.22
Inclusive VAT 15 %  NZD 30.78

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LAKE TEKAPO MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK (POWERED CAMPSITE )-3rd DEC 2015

2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo,
South Canterbury, New Zealand
Rate-4 adults + 2 children     NZD84
LAKE OUTLET HOLIDAY PARK  (POWERED CAMPSITE) --4th DEC 2015



197 Outlet Rd, Wanaka 9343, New Zealand

Rate-Adult      NZD15
         Child      NZD 8
       Power      NZD 5

MOKE LAKE  DOC (DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATIVE) (NON POWERED CAMPSITE)-5th DEC 2015


50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Rate
Adult            NZD10
Child            NZD5
MILFORDSOUND LODGE (POWERED CAMPSITE )--6th DEC 2015


State Highway 94, Piopiotahi ,Milford Sound
PO 140 TE ANAU,NZ

Rate
Adult           NZD25
Child           NZD13     

DUNEDIN HOLIDAY PARK AND MOTELS (POWERED CAMPSITE )-7th DEC 2015



41 Victoria Road,St Kilda,Dunedin

Rate
Adults-NZD26-NZD40 varies on days / season?
For us,4 adults + 2 children     NZD98

TIMARU TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK (POWERED CAMPSITE )-8th DEC 2015


54A SELWYN ST, WAIMATAITAI,
TIMARU 7910, NEW ZEALAND

Rate
NZD 43 for 2 adults
Extra adult NZD18/pax
Child NZD10

219 ON JOHN MOTELS AND HOLIDAY PARK (POWERED CAMPSITE )--9th Dec 2015

219 Johns Road
Northwood / Belfast
Christchurch

4 adults + 2 children     NZD68

ACTIVITIES THAT WE DID / ATTRACTIONS IN NZ


Sightseeings & scenic drive-a lot & it's FOC!
Hooker River


Climbing Baldwin Street,the steepest street in the world -FOC


Tram

Punting



We considered this trip as a sweet memorable journey,not destination...Everything that we planned had been made easier by Allah swt,with minor hiccups..Most importantly,we had our loved ones to accompany during the journey...and the ibrah from this musafir,would hopefully made us better human beings.

Wassalam..

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Day 12- Sydney

G-Day mate!

Last day in Sydney today.Hari ni,kami tak plan nak merayau-rayau sangat ..sebab semalam jauh sangat berjalan sebab tersesat..lenguh kaki dan badan..rasa nak bermalas-malasan..Flight balik ke Malaysia pukul 9 malam ni

Pagi-pagi Mr Husband dah bangun..misi nak snap foto sunrise di La Perouse Beach pagi ni.Semalam dah dapat captured sunset.Konon-kononnya nak try naik bas sendiri ke La Perouse...memandangkan semalam pegi naik kereta Nisa.But info dari BnB owner,there is less bus during weekends..dan bus operates a little later..so,Mr Husband decided untuk mintak tolong En Zahid hantarkan ke La Perouse Beach.

Few snaps that morning..






Our off the beaten track in Sydney..


After breakfast,we decided to visit University of Sydney (atas suggestions BnB couple).Memang tak masuk dalam plan kami...nak pergi jauh-jauh..macam ke Bondi Beach ..atau ke Blue Mountains.at least kena lah whole day trip..barulah best,kan?..Enough of mountains..kata anak-anak..he he

Kami naik dan turun 2 bas..lupa dah nombor bas..perjalanan lebih kurang 30-40 minit..sampai dah ke University of Sydney ni.Memang tak sia-sia ..memang cantik university ni..


USYD entrance
 
Simbol apakah ini?

 
Mesraaaa...
University of Sydney ni adalah university yang tertua di Australia.The old sandstone buildings..with creatures and gargoyles,arches and doorways... are so remarkably beautiful!




Ramai tourists masa ni...
Impressive English architecture...Cambridge right here in Sydney!
 



Santai-santai..

 
Actually..ada 3 muzium kat sini..Macleay Museum,Nicholson Museum & University of Art Gallery.Malangnya muzium-muzium ini  dibuka Isnin-Jumaat pada 10 pagi-4.30 petang dan Sabtu minggu pertama setiap bulan.Kami pergi pada Sabtu minggu kedua!Emm..tak de rezeki..Setiap hari Ahad dan pada hari kelepasan am yang lain,muzium-muzium ini ditutup.



Selepas habis bersiar-siar dan berfoto-foto,kami naik bas lagi..destinasi seterusnya..untuk membeli pinggan corelle di World Kitchen,di O'Riordan Street,Alexandria.

Tersesat-sesat jugak nak sampai ke sini.Ada terjumpa seorang Sydneysider (lady)..dia pun tak penah dengar nama Corelle..atau pun kedai World Kitchen..Actually,kedai ni more famous to us,Malaysians.Omputeh kan,lebih suka pinggan-pinggan besar yang berat-berat tuh..

Wow..ada sale!
Tak banyak yang dibeli..memandangkan tak dirancang.Tapi harganya,memang 60-70% lebih murah dari yang dijual di Malaysia..

Usai membeli seadanya,kami berjalan semula ke Railway Square..melintas jalan..menuju ke Botany Road opposite Collins Street.Waktu bas tiba,baru kami tersedar,Opal card anak bongsu kami tercicir.Panik..kami terus heret dia naik bas..Ye la..tak sempat nak pikir plan B.Nak cari Opal card yang baru ..kat mana pulak nak beli..nak top up lagi..

Selamba je la,dia masuk tanpa gi tap kad.Pakcik bus driver buat-buat tak nampak je la..Kira halal je lah ye.Dah last day..last bus trip dah ni..

Kami stop kat area Matraville Public School.Oleh kerana masih awal..dan belum lunch..kami singgah makan lunch yang dipesan dari Zahid BnB.Mee goreng mamak / nasi goreng AUD 6.50/pack.


No fancy restaurant..for travellers picisan...he he
Lunch bawah pokok..sambil menonton budak-budak main cricket..



On the way back to BnB,singgah di Southpoint Shopping Centre (5 mins dari BnB) untuk beli sedikit kudapan ..nak makan di Sydney Airport.

Balik BnB..selepas packing..berehat-rehat dan bersantai-santai.

Tepat jam 5 petang,Nisa datang menjemput kami untuk dihantar ke Sydney Airport.Kami dah siap-siap order chicken wrap AUD5/pc untuk alas perut di airport.

Terima kasih Nisa..



Special thanks to Puan Kamariah and husband..for your kindness and hospitality.. very nice and friendly hosts indeed.Inshaa Allah ada rezeki,kita jumpa..once you were back in Malaysia.


Puan Kamariah & her 2 girls..

Tamatlah pecutian di NZ & Sydney..Jika ada rezeki dan kesempatan,inshaa Allah akan sampai lagi..dengan ketentuanNya..