New Zealand Trip - December 2011, a set on Flickr.
we made a trip to New Zealand during school holiday last year December 2011.
we took a camper van for 12 days to go around the country. we sleep, dine and bath inside the camper van basically.
we enjoy our journey, we started off from auckland, and heading to wellington to catch the ferry to across the to the south island. we slept over at hamilton before we reached wellington. we passed many cities and sights along the way before we reached wellington right after sunset.
we slept along the road side in hammilton and wellington. our camper van is self contained unit therefore we are allowed to camp almost anywhere in the country.
we reached the south island in the morning and racing with the sun to reach christchurch. we pass along the way with pacific ocean on our right side. beautiful journey.
we sleep over in a small town after christchurch and continue the journey the next day to queenstown.
we passed the legendary Lake Takepo on the way to queenstown. we splash a bit on the lake along with the wild duck in the lake. the water was amazing and it was so much fun for us.
we saw a lot of wild flowers along the way especially lupins with many different colours. you can practically sleep over them because they are just too many of them around.
we reached queenstown just before sunset. we stayed over there and enjoying our hotpool spa with a wide open window facing the nature landscape. it was an amazing experience.
we are so lucky, december is summer in new zealand so the day is very very long. the sun set start around 9pm.
after queenstown we are heading to lake wanaka and sleep over there and have a nice trip to mount aspiring national park. beautiful blue lagoon inside the park. i can not explain by words ... it is just beautiful.
our road trip from wanaka to haast is tremendously amazing. we encounter with the wild nature of typical rain forest. wild stream, waterfall and green forest here and there. we hardly see car around us. but that is what NEW ZEALAND is ....
we stayed over in haast and having a nice BBQ along the beach after the sunset. and we sleep in town cause the sand mosquitoes are just too much to bare.
the next morning we head to greymouth before finally we reached nelson for the night and head to picton the next morning to go across back to the north island.
when we reached north island, the summer is really on it's peak. most the lupins had dried off, the landscape start to look brownish and more desert. within a week the landscape change so much. we are so lucky to see it.
on the north we are heading to rotorua the original heart of new zealand where the maori used to live. we visited the maori traditional village and witness the amazing volcanic stream and the tradition Hakka dance. Hubby was chosen as the chief of our tribe when we visited the village. it was a wonderful experience for us. we learn the traditional dance along with the maori. and keep saying ... Kia Ora .... everytime we met other.
from rotorua we head up to matamata to visit one of the Lord of Ring set, which is the hobbiton. this the place where all the hobbit live. We see the hobbit houses/holes and the eragon castle. it was fun to actually touch the hobbit door! :p we also spend our afternoon at the farm and experiencing the life as a farmer for a day.
and that is the end of our journey, we are heading back to auckland to catch the flight to sydney and finally home to Singapore.
we miss new zealand so much! the beautiful landscape is unforgettable. Maybe one day we will repeat the trip.
i have taken close to 2000 pictures, but i share 150 of them ... and will gradually use the others for different purpose.
enjoy the pictures! thank you and cheers!