A Travellerspoint blog

South Island New Zealand

JUNE 2011

New zealand is the best destination so far in term of beautiful scenery..we rent campervan for the first time and explore the beauty of the country countless freedomly..

We fly to Christchurch from LCCT KLIA Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia X who just launching direct flight KL- Christchurch.

large_nz__8__air..lia_chc.jpg
11 hours onboard Air Asia X KUL-CHC isn't really comfy but worth for..

large_nz__60__vi..om_aa_x.jpg
First intro scenery of the paradise before further overloaded.

large_nz__103__v..landing.jpg
Just shortly before landing we will find huge farming area in Canterbury.

large_nz__145__j..airport.jpg
Just Landing at the Christchurch International Airport.

large_nz__177__o..arrived.jpg
This was old school lifestyle before modern campervan arrived here.

large_nz__155__c..tchurch.jpg
This is our campervan park at 219 on John holiday Park

large_nz__193__s..tchurch.jpg
Shopping at Northlands Shopping Mall at the north of Christchurch CBD.

large_nz__216__c..d_looks.jpg
Roadside view suburd Christchurch.

large_nz__251__r.._in_chc.jpg
Road to destination as told by roadsign.

large_nz__309__o..rfielsd.jpg
Me and my temporary home for 10 days.

large_nz__314__a..nt_hutt.jpg
Nurin love this roadsign very much. Where is the place? do Google maps yourself.

large_nz__354__l..moutain.jpg
Lake Tekapo

large_nz__399__m.._tekapo.jpg
Scenery overloaded man at the Lake Tekapo.

large_nz__643__a..gnboard.jpg
I love to photograph signboard well since with this little explaination need be given.

large_nz__658__l..signage.jpg
If you are lucky, could find snowfall here in winter.

large_nz__659__l..ss_view.jpg
The road view short after Lindis Pass.

large_nz__683__i.._n_adik.jpg
We overnight here located few kilometer away from Queenstown town centre.

large_nz__737__s..pensive.jpg
Fees infomation for Queentown Skyline cablecar and luge ride.

large_nz__775__b..bove_qt.jpg
Bungy jumping deck over Queentown sky.

large_nz__786__t..skyline.jpg
Queenstown town view from Queenstown Skyline.

large_nz__788__l..skyline.jpg
Lake Wakatipu toward downsouth view from Queenstown Skyline.

large_nz__844__k..de_luge.jpg
Nurin and Ein prepared for luge ride (me as well).

large_nz__925__c..or_luge.jpg
Chairlift between luge ride at the top of Queenstown Skyline.

large_nz__956__p..enstown.jpg
Parachut glider at the Queentown sky.

large_nz__962__d..gy_jump.jpg
I respect the brave average age lady to do the jump.

large_270_nz__964__a..as_well.jpg
Nurin did as well but.. hehe..

large_nz__980__l..skyline.jpg
Lake Wakatipu westside view.

large_nz__1092__..morning.jpg
My campervan in morning sun at Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Park.

large_nz__1094__..ay_park.jpg
Nice toilet signage at the park.

large_nz__1116__..ay_park.jpg
In front of the park.

large_nz__1140__..te_anau.jpg
On the way to Milford Sound at Te Anau and still far to drive.

large_nz__1226__..ob_flat.jpg
Knob Flat is one of the plain grass field created by the glacier activities.

large_nz__1299__..d_sound.jpg
Met Malaysian fellow onboard Milford Sound cruise.

large_nz__1334__..und_ein.jpg
Ein background fiord Milford Sound.

large_nz__1422__..terfall.jpg
Without the three storey height boat, we can't imagine how height is this waterfall.

large_nz__1459__..in_boat.jpg
Do your own activities onboard Milford cruises.

large_nz__1506__..scenery.jpg
Milford Sound fiord view from cruises.

large_nz__1676__..te_lake.jpg
Nurin look at Wakatipu Lake background Queenstown town centre.

large_nz__1678__..ake_too.jpg
Her nice cold post as well.

large_nz__1686__..akatipu.jpg
Now Nurin approaching wild duck at the freshwater Wakatipu lake.

large_nz__1768__..d_sound.jpg
Milford cruises ship docked background Milford Sound nice scenery.

large_nz__1924__.._tunnel.jpg
Homer Tunnel toward Te Anau.

large_nz__1927__.._tunnel.jpg
There are half football size field before Homer Tunnel where car and bus park for photo snap.

large_nz__1936__..lose_up.jpg
Homer Tunnel is one way tunnel entering toward Milford Sound.

large_nz__1952__..te_anau.jpg
Somewhere between Queenstown and Te Anau stop for cooking etc.

large_nz__1964__..te_anau.jpg
Never never play in that river could cause hyperthermia on the way back to Te Anau from Milford Sound.

large_nz__1986__..milford.jpg
Cold surounding mountain towrad Milford Sound.

large_nz__2002__..ocronet.jpg
Now is June already but skifield isn't open yet delay because weather not permit.

large_nz__2003__..juntion.jpg
At the juntion to Coronet Peak.

large_nz__2022__..et_peak.jpg
View from Coronet Peak toward Arrowtown.

large_nz__2031__..n_there.jpg
Suppose snow cover the whole surface here.

large_nz__1__ros..mt_cook.jpg
On the way to Mt. Cook from Lake Pukaki and Twizer.

large_nz__437__o.._twizel.jpg
On the way from Lake Tekapo to Twizel.

large_nz__491__j..kapo_qt.jpg
At the juntion to mount Cook.

large_nz__562__m..mt_cook.jpg
The road from Mt. Cook

large_nz__585__l.._centre.jpg
We will found visitor centre and tourism base business almost everywhere.

large_nz__594__w.._twizel.jpg
Wild fruit nice to see but not nice to eat i think. location Twizel.

large_nz__1246__mirror_lake.jpg
Mirror Lake on the way Te Anau to Milford Sound. The lake name tell what happen here.

large_nz__2471__..in_snow.jpg
Coronet Peak just have thin ice on surface created by snowgun

large_nz__2482__..coronet.jpg
Nurin investigate the snowgun. Snowgun make snow by spraying water up to the air if surrounding temperature is below zero. Water spray will freezing while falling become snow. Natural snow isn't enough for skiing activities.

large_nz__2612_.jpg
Had chance to ice skating in Queenstown Ice Arena.

large_nz__2628_.jpg
Visiting Arrowtown. Was gold mining town in early years.

large_nz__2637_.jpg
Just like our own ice ring because not many skaters on that day.

large_nz__2666_.jpg
Nurin just have a new friend coming holidays with her parent from Melbourne.

large_nz__2699__..enstown.jpg
Same goes with Ein. Got new friend as well.

large_nz__2718_.jpg
Cromwell - Queenstown road.

large_nz__2773__queenstown.jpg
Queenstown cbd.

large_nz__2785_.jpg
Turn left climb hill winding Crown Range Road from Queenstown to Wanaka, we find this awesome scenery.

large_nz__2795_.jpg
Nice to see nice to touch but isn't nice to eat local wild kind of berry fruit.

large_nz__2802_.jpg
One of roadside stop area along Crown Range Road.

large_nz__2810_.jpg
Crown Range Road winding climb hill nervous all driver but not me. hehe

large_nz__2835_.jpg
Nice body painting photo while having fish n chip at one of Queenstown restaurant. Please appreciate the art not the persons please.

large_nz__2850_.jpg
At the Queenstown cbd.

large_nz__2872_.jpg
Cardrona is one of the wellknown skifield here. This hotel located at foot of Cardrona mountain.

large_nz__2883_.jpg
At the juntion to Cardrona skifield a kilometer away from Cardrona Hotel. Skifield expected to open next month (now June).

large_nz__2944_.jpg
Beautiful Wanaka lake at the background.

large_nz__2973_.jpg
Wanaka freshwater lake shore truly amaze anyone.

large_nz__2976_.jpg
Me opposite Wanaka Lake..

large_nz__3007_.jpg
As told by signage. Another route from Wanaka to Queenstown

large_nz__3014_.jpg
Suddently my backpack grow..in front of bag shop in Queenstown.

large_nz__3047_.jpg
Now i got superpower competing superman. At the Wanaka Puzzleworld.

large_nz__3073_.jpg
This leaf have something related with Canada. Nice rite. Location Queenstown.

large_nz__3246_.jpg
This place promote puzzle as well.

large_nz__3314_.jpg
Open street walking mall offer variaties chinese made souviner from t-shirt to keychain etc.

large_nz__3363_.jpg
Border between two district at Haast pass.

large_nz__3368_.jpg
Haast pass toward route 6 to .. 3/4 NZ place name originated from maori language.

large_nz__3370_.jpg
At here is the highest point of Haast Pass.

large_nz__3405_.jpg
One way bridge is common here even at main route. Hundred of them i heard.

large_nz__3451_.jpg
I like to read every signage i found because it helps a lot. Now you know exact location Hasst Pass and Fox Glacier as well.

large_nz__3458_.jpg
One of the road side stop and rest area along West Coast South Island.

large_nz__3492_.jpg
Nurin just wake up after long sleep inside our moving cabin.

large_nz__3504_.jpg
Met old school bikers. Brave enaugh ride alone and friendly as well.

large_nz__3537_.jpg
At 13kms, Fox Glacier is the longest of the awe-inspiring New Zealand West Coast glaciers.

large_nz__3556_.jpg
Fox Glacier at its head, soaring peaks of over 3,000m (10,000ft) dominate the vista. These include Aoraki (Mt Cook) and Mt Tasman.

large_nz__3560_.jpg
This mighty moving river of ice falls 2,600 metres, or a little over 8,000ft, on its journey from the base of the Southern Alps to the West Coast.

large_nz__3620_.jpg
But the danger is there. Please respect the nature and the signage as well.

large_nz__3635_.jpg
Closer look at the glacier (ice). Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier has similar looks and characters.

large_nz__3662_.jpg
Mt. Cook or Mt. Tasman look like is one of the glacier sources. Snowfall at peak here is all year round.

large_nz__3668_.jpg
Rainforest here has different trees compare to hometown.

large_nz__3680_.jpg
Uniquely no mammals and snakes originated from this island including myself (human).

large_nz__3741_.jpg
Stop at Franz Josef Glacier but at the parking area only since it similarity with Fox Glacier. The same thing.

large_nz__3795_.jpg
Inside campervan driverseat. Morning time background Greymouth town

large_nz__4372_.jpg
Oamaru town located between Christchurch and Dunedin (south).

large_nz__4435_.jpg
In the town centre, Turn right toward Dunedin did roadside stop for photo snap.

large_nz__4490_.jpg
From Oamaru to Dunedin.

large_nz__4504_.jpg
We stop at Moeraki Boulders. Nice post my lovely daughter Ein.

large_nz__4540_.jpg
East Coast South Island shore toward Moeraki Boulders rock

large_A__57__moe..builder.jpg
This is Moeraki Boulders comprises couples perfect round rock at the beach.

large_nz__4550_.jpg
Detail of Moeraki Boulder.

large_nz__4671__dunedin.jpg
Dunedin city centre shopping district.

large_nz__4869_.jpg
After Dunedin we going back to Christchurch and overnight at 219 ... same place when we first day arrived.

large_nz__4915_.jpg
Last minute shoping at Westfield Shopping Mall in Christchurch.

large_nz__4929_.jpg
Last day activities in South Island just driving around Christchurch.

large_nz__4940_.jpg
Huge truck everywhere remind me driving from Sydney to Melbourne in 2008.

large_nz__4947_.jpg
Lyttelton is harbour town in southeast Christchurch.

large_nz__4953_.jpg
Somewhere in Christchurch city which still under reconstruction from February earthquarke (4 months ago).

large_nz__4829_.jpg
Last day at the airport before departure.

large_nz__4844_.jpg
Bye bye South Island, we are now waiting our D72755 flight to KL. We love South Island so much. Will coming back.

Others places as well, please click here..

Beijing China, Phuket Thailand, Krabi Thailand, This is Bali, London UK again, Switzerland, Paris Disneyland, Amsterdam Netherlands, Doha Qatar, Hat Yai & Songkhla Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong & Macau, Perth Australia Again, London UK, Paris France, Bukittinggi Sumatra Indonesia, Pekanbaru Sumatra Indonesia, Bandung Indonesia, Jakarta Indonesia, Puncak Indonesia, Melbourne Australia, Canberra Capital of Australia, Sydney Australia, Hong Kong, Perth Australia

Thank you for visiting my blog

Posted by kekgi 09:17 Archived in New Zealand

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint