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Beautiful Nelson…finally!

A quick lunch at Nelson. Yang enjoying his brownie in the shopping cart

A quick lunch at Nelson. Yang enjoying his brownie in the shopping cart

Its hard to not like Nelson. There is a kind of homely feeling to the place. Best of all…it is nice and warm (by New Zealand standard that is)! By the time we got to Nelson from Picton , it was way past noon. Everyone was hungry so a quick stop at the shopping mall is called for. Little one wanted the sweetest, most colorful piece of bread on the shelf. My tummy was growling and I decided that (based on Maslow hierarchy of needs), basic needs are to be fulfilled first. A pack of brownies for the chap and some good slices of ham and sandwiches for the parents. The start of a beautiful day!

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Driving from Bleinheim to Picton and Nelson

Stunning sceneries of wineyards, mountains and blue skies all the way

Stunning landscape of vineyards, mountains and blue skies all the way

It was a long first day of our road trip in New Zealand. We drove from Lincoln to Kaikora with a major extended stop to sneak up on some beautiful New Zealand fur seals. Meun made all the accomodation arrangements and we will be spending the first night at Spring Creek Holiday Park. We were all so tired by the time we got to the holiday park. The sight of the bunks in the tiny room was so inviting. But first things first…a visit to local resident Eddie and his mates is in order.

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Seals at Kaikora & Ohau

 

The route from Kaikora to Ohau waterfall on Google Maps

The route from Kaikora to Ohau waterfall on Google Maps

We were soon on our way in search of the seals at Kaikora. The seals were probably one of the ‘real’ attractions that interest me personally. Its a rare opportunity and I think it is worth every ounce of effort to see them in real life. It was an anxious drive from Kaikora town to Ohau stream walkway and waterfall. We were constantly on the lookout for seals on the sides of the road because a friend told me they would be everywhere.

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Lincoln- Nelson road trip

 

Beautiful beach but where are all the people?

Beautiful beach but where are all the people?

Some months back, we did our first South Island road trip from Christchurch to Nelson. I have been procrastinating writing about the trip because it was a rather big trip and I really did not know where to start. Now, with less hours of work I am able to secure this coming few weeks, I decided what better way to spend the extra free hours than to recap this road trip.

 

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Friends, beautiful landscape and the rare Kea parrot

Yup...its us alrite.

Yup…its us alrite.

 

This trip to Craigieburn Ski Valley was extra special as we came to know an amazingly beautiful and diverse group of people. They came from all over the world, thanks to the New Zealand government through their NZAid program. We were also very thankful that the staffs at Lincoln university went to such great lengths to make us feel at home, hosting us on their precious weekend to give us an opportunity to experience this beautiful country. People, landscape, food and a rare parrot bird called Kea.

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Up to Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

Car kept a distance away from each other fearing stray stones

Car kept a distance away from each other fearing stray stones

 

A few kilometer uphill drive on unpaved road brought is toe Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. We were lucky to have been able to book the Lincoln Uni accomodation as in a matter of few weeks after our visit, the entire area will be fully booked by skiers. We have the whole place to ourselves…awesome!

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A trip to the mountain before the ski season starts

Our first visit to a ski area

Our first visit to a ski area

We made it to our first ski mountain in New Zealand just before the season started. This was a trip organized by members of the university and we decided to join them as we know quite a few of the folks on the trip. A two days one night trip, this would be our first visit to a ‘soon be covered’ with snow mountain. With Yang Yang along, it is always extra worry for me and extra joy for Meun.

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Fishing on weekends

Now I have someone who will hopefully learn to enjoy fishing with

Now I have someone who will hopefully learn to enjoy fishing with

I remember growing up in small town Baling as a kid fascinated by all things to do with catching fish. I’d ride my bike to a place call Dalam Wang (quite a distance really) to fish for Tilapia then cycle back all the way home just in time to change into uniform and go to school. Fishes I caught would always end up as dinner. Those good old days never left me. Many places I went in the past years I fished and fished. While I did not catch anything ‘great’ back in Malaysia, my luck seems to have changed here. Fishing in NZ on weekend for me has so been awesome.

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Willowbank park- nature place in Christchurch family must go

Fantastic place for an entire family to visit!

Fantastic place for an entire family to visit!

You should bring your family to Willowbank! Yang Yang would love it there!‘…those were the first recommendation of place to visit by one of Yang Yang teachers the first day we visited his pre-school. Weeks after weeks the name of the place kept popping in my head. I asked a few Kiwis I met and it seems to be a popular enough place that most of them have been to the place at least once in their life. So, when Meun’s dad came over for a visit, we decided that its time we paid Willowbank Wildlife Reserve a visit.

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Our first trip to Akaroa

Akaroa is perfect for nature lovers- kayaks can be rented for a few hours of paddle

Akaroa is perfect for nature lovers- kayaks can be rented for a few hours of paddle

Akaroa- the French ‘flavored’ town about an hours drive from Christchurch is simply beautiful. I was already silently cursing for not checking the date of our trip which coincided with the 100km LeRace cycling event but the stunning views and relaxing atmosphere of the town immediately won me over. The town nestles inside a sheltered bay, making it a perfect place for water based activities. There were some kayaking tours happening and my first thought was the river kayaking trip I did with Chadel some years back.  Damn I miss those paddling days.

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