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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It was a beautiful and perfect day for a drive through the back country of New Zealand
Akaroa is the name of a place we keep hearing from friends. From a few short conversations, I gathered the place is a charming and perhaps a romantic place not too far from Christchurch that many would go on weekends and extended holidays. We promised ourselves we would go for a ‘treat’ once I get my first pay. It was payday on the Wednesday and we were on our way to idealistic Akaroa on Saturday. It was an exceptionally beautiful morning for a drive. We cruised through some really nice ‘rural’ parts of Canterbury and made a few quick stops to take pictures. Everything was going so well…until…
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My personal favorite store in Riccarton market, Chirstchurch.
Yes, I have decided to write a short guide on where to get cheap clothes in Christchurch, New Zealand. This is definitely not my usual ‘rainforest adventures’ post but hey, its still an adventure which I think will benefit some people coming to this part of the world.
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