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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

New Zealand Trip (1st - 3rd Day) - Blue Sky and Fresh Air

I figured I better start writing the best things that has been happening to my life before I start forgetting it. I think for now, I better focus on my trip to New Zealand. Yes folks, the very beautiful New Zealand.

I flew from Hong Kong to Christchurch via Auckland on my own. It was my first long haul flight and I was travelling alone, I can say that is not really cool. I would have prefer having Mac or even a close friend on my side. I've tried covering my fears and tried to act like I was a grown up (well, I am a grown up, I am a responsible adult) and I have succeeded.

When I arrived Christchurch, I met the rest of my colleagues, Selene and Rick from Shanghai and Andy who lives in Christchurch. So we did some shake hands and they asked me how my flight went and I answered them honestly. I felt horrible with that 10 hours. I actually have a cold plus I cannot fucking sleep. :(



And so our journey begins...

We start our scenic drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura. It was 2.5 hrs. if I'm not wrong and although I was enjoying the scenery, I cannot erase the fact that my eyes will close any minute so when we arrived in the motel, I have decided to shower and nap while they went to the town to buy dinner.


When I woke up 2 hrs. later, they finally arrived and we all ate fish and chips! I already felt good at that time. And it was indeed very chilly. Andy, our host in NZ, have informed us before hand that it is the autumn time and so we just have to bring our shirts and cap. In my mind, it's going to be sunny and all that, buy boy I was so wrong. Okay fine, I have checked the weather forecast, and I have to admit, I packed my stuff at the last minute and ends up bringing only 1 thick red jacket.

Anyway, we did have a long and interesting conversation that evening. It was my first familiarization trip and I knew that we still have a long way to go.

Day two. After eating our sandwiches, we drove to Hapuku Lodge which is 15 mins. away and met Princess, our colleague in Singapore. She was with the Tourism New Zealand and after spending a week with the team, she will now continue her journey with us.

So after some coffee time with the lodge's manager, we then drove for 10 mins. to the Ohau Seal colony where we had a 15 minutes walk. And guess what we saw?


We saw a lot of seals! It was really fantastic! :)

Next thing we did was catch a 20 minutes flight to do some whale watching. Although I would like to specifically mention here that we didn't see any whales while we're up there. But I saw a whale while we were driving! Yes, that's a fact, another colleague saw it too but we can't stop the car. The small plane ride made my stomach really upset that I have used up 4 paper bags for my puke. Although we didn't see any whales, the scenery was really nice!






And then we did have a wine tasting after the flight that made me feel better that day.

In the afternoon, we did some hotel inspection and then drive to Christchurch and stayed at The George. Christchurch has been affected very much with the earthquake that happened not so long ago. Because of the earthquake, a lot of hotels had closed. The George is one of the hotels that survived. The hotel even gave us a teddy bear as a souvenir.



Day 3. The next day, we went to the train station that travels to Greymouth. We didn't take it though because we've got a car with us. After eating breakfast at mcdonalds, we star our drive to Greymouth. This was one of the very memorable days because not only the drive was very scenic, I've also tasted the best pie in this world. They can be found at the Sheffield Pie Shop. Andy mentioned that this town take their pie very seriously. Even if my pie was cold, because we ate it 2 hrs. after we purchased it, it still taste so declioso!



We also saw the famous Castle Hill that was one of the location of the Lord of the Rings film. We were supposed to do some hiking here but because we were running out of time, we have decided not to. Instead, we stayed for several minutes for taking photographs.



The weather was very friendly to us. It was all sunny and a little bit of chill. Everything went well that day.

My realization with New Zealand is that, I can see myself living in the South Island all of my life. But you know what I thought? I have always live in the city so maybe it might take a lot before I get used to that kinds of quiet life. What I saw with New Zealanders is that they are very friendly. They greet everyone and you can really see that they enjoy life. It was very different from where I live now. (I live in Hong Kong where everyone's so competitive and everyone's in a rush).

Back to day 3, we also stopped by "Wilderness Lodge" and met the owner's son. We also met Maggie, the first sheep dog I saw and she was great with her job, gathering all those sheep!





Alright, I guess I will stop in day 3 for now. We spent 12 days in New Zealand, so I still got 9 days to report.

Until next time folks! Happy Labour Day!

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I love traveling and being immersed with different cultures. It has cultivated my love for learning and has exposed me to different perspectives. I'm a travel specialist during the day, while writing has always been my first love (considering my love of books, of course). I am an editor of Lapis sa Kalye (Hindi ito ang normal mong nababasa)**a Facebook page which promotes Philippine Literature, one of the writers of the published book - **PENDULUM. I was also the Editor in Chief of our online magazine which published free literary works. I also post my works in Wattpad reaching more than 70k reads.

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