West Coast Trip – Haast to Wanaka

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Day Four

It’s now over a month since we did this trip.  Fast forward back to our day four of the trip.

An early start at 8.30am saying goodbye to Fox Glacier.  The travel distance was about 261km or 3.5 hours (not including stops).  There were lots of scenic stops along the way so we were pretty much cruising along.

Our first scenic stop was at Bruce Bay, a small settlement located approximately 40 kilometres south of Fox Glacier on the banks of the Mahitahi River.  We parked by the roadside rest area eating our sandwiches and coffee on the go.

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Next stop was at beautiful Knights Point before arriving the township of Haast.

We turned into the town  (supposedly a place where you can get white baits but they were not in season).  There were a couple of cafes with signs saying ‘Whitebait fritters’ but none in stock.  At that time…

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West Coast Trip – The Glaciers

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? Day 3 New Zealand contains many stunning glaciers, most located near the Main Divide in the Southern Alps in the South Island.  In the West Coast, you can view glaciers descending into temperate rainforest and they are…

West Coast Trip – Akaroa & Pizzas

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Our holiday break this year took us to the West Coast, South Island.

I am blogging my memories and the things we did on this beautiful trip.  The best time to travel would probably be Spring or Autumn as when one travels, there are lots of sight seeing and in our case, a fair bit of walk to view the glaciers, waterfall, forest, mountains and lakes.  The summer heat can be a bit harsh.

Day 1 – 2/1/2018

We flew to Christchurch and picked up our rental car.

Akaroa (75 kilometres from Christchurch) is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano.

Feeling peckish, our first stop was at The Hilltop Tavern.  Indeed it offers stunning scenic harbour views but certainly NO good old rural Kiwi hospitality.

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We were awed by the views of the Banks Peninsula with its undulating hills while waiting for our food at…

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The most beautiful place in the world

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We just got back from a really beautiful trip, the best trip I have had so far.  It was an adventure full of walks, beautiful sceneries and good food.

I am glad to say that with this visit to the West Coast of South Island, I have visited almost the whole of New Zealand except for New Plymouth, Taranaki (a must-visit soon) and Invercargill, Southland.

The most beautiful region in New Zealand and also most probably the world is definitely Queenstown Lakes District.   In fact, the most beautiful town is Wanaka which is less ‘commercialized’ than Queenstown which is one of NZ’s top visitors’ destination.

Wanaka is nestled below towering mountains and is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.   Wanaka has everything Queenstown has, beautiful lakes and mountain sceneries, wineries, restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities for adventure or simply sitting on the beach or grass at the lakeside to enjoy the views, feel the breeze and watch the…

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Titirangi Village Market & Visitor Centre

Running out of space.

I couldn’t even blog this on my main blog.

Not sure I want to pay $5 per month to keep blogging.

What should I do?

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Time out on a good sunny weekend always starts with a market.

Last Sunday, we visited Titirangi Village Market. This is an awesome market of about 130 stalls selling quality local arts and crafts, produce, food along with live music.

There were not too many food stalls but we found one stall selling the best Gozleme (a kind of Turkish bread with feta cheese and spinach fillings) I had ever tasted. We ate on the go and the food was so yummy that we put aside elegance while eating our pieces of gozleme on a tissue (not even a plate for me as we were sharing) with fingers (and no, I didn’t lick my fingers).

As always, local made chutneys caught my attention even though I sometimes make my own. We bought a bottle of slightly spiced (chilli) mango chutney.

Eating that couple of pieces of gozleme was not…

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Counting the steps @ Panmure Basin

I have done numerous walk around the Panmure Basin.

It takes around 45 minutes to walk the round loop.  On a fine day, you will come across joggers and people walking their dogs or just having a stroll.

In fact, I have not taken any photos of this beautiful walkway till my last walk.   Since I was a solo walker the other day, I took my phone and recorded the number of steps I took on this walk.  Also taken photos of the beautiful greens around the basin.  Spotted one Pohutukawa tree in early bloom.  Summer is hear and Christmas is near !

Approximately, it took me 3,000 steps to complete this walk in 45 minutes.  That was random and an experimental experience to capture the sights and count the steps on this otherwise unassuming exercise.

 

 

A glimpse of Cathedral Cove

You could get to Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel by boat or approximately 45 minutes to an hour’s walk (1.5 to 2 hours return) through the track providing dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery along its length, finishing at the beach beneath an impressive rock archway.

The track leads you through a lush native flora and fauna, turquoise waters and access to Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay before arriving at the Cove.  Moderate fitness is required as there are some hills and flights of steps at the end leading to the Cove.

I did this walk a couple of years ago.  I might struggle a bit now to do the same walk.  Must get fit again so I can get a good peek of the Cathedral Cove which is only accessible by boat or foot.

Cathedral Cove Walk is a stunning adventure and a must visit for tourists and locals alike.  The natural beauty of this area is indeed awe-aspiring and every visitors will tell you that the hike is well worth it.

 

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Yet another WOW

The World of WearableArt, known as WOW, is a renowned international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world.  It is also our annual overnight trip to Wellington.

The show as always was spectacular.  The audience were ‘wow’ed’ with the glow of the presentation where we saw designs brought to life in this spectacular stage performance – a world where theatre, fashion and art collide.

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I was looking through my photo gallery and thought I’d blog and share some of the shots we took as we strolled along the wharf leading to the WOW event.

As we had a late flight departure, we took the opportunity to go on a ferry ride to the seaside village of Eastbourne.

Wow, what a glow !  A nice short break.

Time flies

I had been waiting for my family to visit and now they have been and gone !

It was Mum’s second trip to New Zealand after seven years.  She visited with my sister and hubby.  My brother joined them flying from the Solomon Island.

This post is a collage of sweet memories during their visit.

How time flies.

 

Mum’s first try on driving a ‘car’ (scooter) for easy access at Botanical Garden.

A kind neighbour offered us free grapefruits. Pick your own.

A visit to Otara market in the rain.

Mum & sis at Fo Guang Shan temple in Flatbush.

Fresh Clevedon Oysters – I seemed to be the only one enjoying it.

Wonder Women – Four Generations.

A family portrait.