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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

10 March - Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

不知不觉我们已经来到最想去的地方 - Mount Cook


沿途一直都是光溜溜的草地,纽西兰一贯有的景色,现在是秋天了,所以叶子也从绿转黄,即便天空再湛蓝,也抹不了这片景色带给人萧瑟的感觉

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昨天还在Wanaka的我们一早已经动身出发前往Mt.Cook,因为我们只打算瞻仰一下这纽西兰最高的山,并没打算在那里留宿,所以早点到那里也好早点离开到下个目的地
沿途从Wanaka出发一直都是我在开车,其实精神已经不太足够了,所以一面开车一面录影,一面录影一面自己对自己说话企图让自己精神起来~


Mt Cook是一个外地来的船长名叫Captain Cook给取的名字,因为他测量过这座山的高度觉得它很雄伟,就以自己的名字给这座山命名了
最后也不知怎么搞的,他给毛利人杀了煮了来吃,这会不会是跟他名字带煞有关啊?

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Mt Cook看过了,我们三个弱女子是没想过要登山的(对,那里开放让人去攀爬的)所以欣赏完了就功德圆满了
我们的下一站就是Lake Tekapo


到达了Tekapo后我们赶紧抓紧时间下榻背包栈,哦,忘了说,从Mt Cook前往Tekapo的路上不是我开的车,路程要大约两、三个小时吧(没记错的话)我已经筋疲力尽了,所以交给没什么开车经验的梦涵来开
纽西兰的路又直又少车,虽说没什么开车经验,但也不至于会发生意外的,这总好过让一个精神不济的人来开车来得安全,至少她知道自己没什么经验会更加留意路况

哦,忘了说,要看到Lake Tekapo的全貌非得上Mount John不可,这里有个瞭望台,是一所大学特地盖来研究天文用的,我们来到这里除了看有名的Lake Tekapo之外,还想在晚上的时候来到这里赏星星,这里是纽国唯一可以看到整个银河系和南极十字星的地方呢~


现在天还没暗下来,我们乘这机会多看几眼这碧蓝的湖。这湖真是太美了,对我来说简直就像是天堂才有的湖。湖水之所以蔚蓝的那么通透,除了这湖很干净以外,也托赖了它顶上的一片蓝天,唯有天空的澈蓝印在湖面上才显得湖面一片碧蓝


外面的风实在太大了,我不得不躲进观星屋里,这小屋很别致,到处都是透明玻璃的建材,唯有这样的建设才方便晚上让人们一面喝着热可可、一面仰望星空

在我身后的那个白色圆顶的建筑物是天文学家做研究专用的,至今我还弄不清楚外人是不是可以进去参观的?科学研究室咧~ 
无论如何,我还是觉得这间小玻璃屋给我比较写意的感觉,在这里观望Lake Tekapo就已经很不错了


Lake Tekapo旁有个小石屋,是一所教堂来的。据那里的文字记载,只能容纳23人... 这么小的教堂用来做什么呢?据当地人说,主要是用来进行婚礼的,因为以前的Lake Tekapo很少居民而已,所以没想到要起一间大教堂。其实现在的居民也不多啊,才千来个左右 >.<

无论如何,这间小石屋我觉得很漂亮别致,并不逊色于大教堂的辉煌,反而小得让人感觉很温暖(试想想来祝贺新郎和新娘的宾客不止只有二十多位吧,当大家把小教堂挤得满满的时候,是不是有种热情洋溢的感觉?)


小石屋教堂是这里的地标,每个来过Tekapo的旅客没有一个是不知道这间小教堂的

虽然这里风很大,可是让人意外的是风一点都不冷,给我清爽的感觉,让我也陶醉在蓝天白云当中了


离小教堂不远处有个牧羊狗的石像,也是这里的地标之一


据石碑上所言和我个人的理解,这牧羊犬的石像是当地的牧羊人和政府携手合作给打造起来的。石碑立于1968年,就是四十多年前这里的居民主要是靠牧羊为生的。看到人们对一个帮助他们工作的小伙伴也如此爱护,让我对这里的居民添加了不少好感

我们身为有思想的人类,应该懂得珍惜身边的一切事物,不管是有生命的抑或是没生命的,这一点我觉得纽国人做得很好。他们不随便浪费资源,从他们不爱用塑胶带和宝丽龙饭盒看得出来;他们乐于助人,从他们对待陌生人的友善看得出来;他们珍惜别人给的小帮助,从他们经常把‘谢谢’挂在嘴边和这牧羊犬的铜像看得出来

那么朴素、那么单纯、那么懂得感恩的人,让我渐渐爱上了这陌生的土地


临回宿舍用餐之前,我抓紧了时间到靠近湖边的石滩上留了影。之前到过了北岛那全纽国最大的Lake Taupo也没如此震撼,这片碧蓝的湖确实感动了我
没错,美丽的而天然的东西经常可以触动我的心弦


游玩了湖,我们回到下榻的地方准备晚餐。这里是背包栈客厅的地方,从这里可以看到外面的Lake Tekapo
很漂亮精致的窗户不是?我很喜欢这张照片,看到天上的蓝和湖面的蓝连成一线,多漂亮的画面啊~
于是我午餐也做得特别香、吃得也特别美味 ^.^ 这可能就是心态的影响了

我们在这里又从遇到一位以前跟我们一样在Franz Josef 那间Scenic酒店打工的韩国背包客,Hyunah (忘记当时是怎么称呼她的了,总之不是Hyunah就对了。Hyunah是她在面子书上放的名字)她来到这里也是帮酒店打工,据她所说,这里比Franz Josef 好多了,好在哪里呢?因为这里工作没主管嘛~ 我还以为是这里漂亮的湖景让她觉得好呢,呵呵~


唉,看我白天说得那么起劲,还以为晚上一定能看到银河系的星空,结果它太阳下山后就一直下毛毛雨,满天的乌云都把整个漂亮的星空给遮住了,还能看到什么呢?
不过后来我从朋友的朋友处弄来了这张星空下的Tekapo照片来慰籍一下自己,也让朋友们知道我不是空穴来风的,那里真的可以看到漂亮的银河夜空,有图为证啊!

如果梦涵和震美不是赶着要离开纽国的话,我们其实还可以多留一晚等明天天晴再看这难得一见的夜景的,可惜我们的行程已经排满了,多一天或少一天都会影响到原定计划,只好失望的离开了Tekapo了

所以说,幸福不是必然的,有的时候一定要珍惜,珍惜的当儿也要感恩,感恩的当下也要懂得回馈,这样的人间才会充满爱,有了爱世间才会美得让人感动~

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

9 March_Skydive Wanaka

It has been a month ago since I had make up my mind to skydive in this wonderland, Wanaka


Before I went up to the plane, I saw some of the players write some word on their hands in order to broadcast a message while they are 'flying'

For me, I need to tell all my friends & family which 'Happy Go Lucky' is my principle of living


When the plane reach 12000ft high from ground (took about 5 mins to flight), Mark (The handsome Skydive Instructor) just open the door and get out from the plane without any doubt moment


We enjoy the view and the strong wind before he pull out the parachute. I can see lake Hawea (the deepest lake in Wanaka) on right side and the fourth largest lake on left side, the lake Wanaka


I never worry for a happen of accident, because accident will only happen when I'm too nervous 

Furthermore, Mark is an experience diver, he had dive six thousand time before, I trust him and respect his profession


Clutha River in Wanaka

It just look like a sleeping snake lay on the ground there


Finally, we have a safe landing 


After 5 hours waiting in Wanaka Skydive, I meet up with 2 of my travel friends and we heading to Cardrona Hotel which took about 25 mins drive from Wanaka town area


In my country, we doesn't need a warm stove in a house, but we really need one in NZ. This stove set off with the yellow wall light do warm me up.
Now is still Autumn in NZ, due to the difference location, the humidity and temperature are different. I really like the weather here, cold but moist.


 2 of my travel mates intent to visit another 2 of their travel mates before who are now working for Cardrona Hotel as a housekeeper

I had forgot their name but both of them came from Taiwan. We had been treated with a great dinner as a welcoming dinner by two of them. I ordered myself a set of lamb chop, which I think is the best meal I never have had before in Malaysia, Singapore and even Australia


This is an old cigarette vending machine. Erm... I can't recall the brand of cigarettes selling here, because I'm not a smoker >.<


This is the living room of Cardrona Hotel. It's a great place for gathering and life exchange. When outside is too cold for people, they can have some indoor activity over here with the fire


The appearance of Cardrona Hotel was given me a deep impression. It just a simple warm house, no wonder people like to organize their wedding ceremony in this place


Outside the house we do have another warm stove. I think sandfly probably will not approach the fire and warm, therefore the host make a fire stove here for outdoor gathering ^.^


The vines are every where surrounding the house, I can't call the name of the plants but it's really beautiful when the flowers in full bloom


This is the outlook of Cardrona Hotel. There have an antique car display in-front of the hotel main door. In order to attract more visitors and to set up a landmark for this place. Do you like this place?


Saturday, August 27, 2011

8th March To Oamaru

We left Dunedin at the early morning, with the bless of Bick Hong (the kindness Coach's owner from Sarawak, Malaysia), we ride up toward Oamaru.

Oamaru is a good place to base yourself while exploring Otago's many coastal attractions. As a driver, I shouldn't distracted by the plenty of coastline, I did do well on my part, at least we safety arrived Moeraki Boulders.

Here we are, the Moeraki Boulders. I drifted almost 3 hours (most of the time I can't bear on the sleepy) to arrive here. As usual, we need to walk half an hour from the public car park to the beach.

After the amazing walk at Moeraki Coastline, we finally arrived Oamaru. We all here for its colony of blue penguins (the smallest in the world) & the yellow-eyed penguins (some of the rarest). Well, since this is still the afternoon (around 2pm), penguins are only home at night, we can't visit them while they are still outside in the deep sea >.<

During these empty slot, we went to the public garden in Oamaru. NZ are famous with their beautiful plenty of flowers. I can't name it, but it's really light up my day while I saw the flowers. Don't miss understood, I will prefer the flower on pot.


Well, three of us separate visited the different point of the garden, therefore you can only see me in the picture

How you name this flower? It's really beautiful doesn't it?


The red of flower reflected on my face~

How can a flower growth big as same size of my face?

Lovely flower, as reflected my lovely to this land~

This the most beautiful corner of the garden~ Those yellow, pink & red flower were found here

How's this corridor? Looked like the special wedding path for a new couple ^.^

Look, I found a new species. It's a white rose with red fringe! How much effort they do for this?

After the garden visited, we found that it's still too early for the penguins visit. Drive up to the hill for Oamaru beach view, I found that Oamaru is such a good place for resident. The wind were not freeze and the weather here are much more stable than other states.

I concluded, while we found the flowers here can growth so well, why not for people?

Ya, as usual, the top hill always have the directory to show you the distance from this place to many other places. I wish I can find Malaysia, and finally I found the insignificant of my country to NZ >.<

You can even found Calcutta & Hong Kong! What's wrong with Malaysia & Singapore??

Finally, at night, we drove to the beach side around 7pm to see the penguins return their home to the rocks at coastline.

We did saw the Yellow-eyed Penguins around late evening, but the video that I took is too small to zoom out the penguins, therefore I didn't upload here. Some of the Yellow-eyed are with their yellow eyebrow, cute~

The Yellow-eyed live in the cliff off the beach side


You never know how strong they are to walk up to the cliff everyday, you will not see any of them accidently fall down from there


Every mornng, they will walk down from the cliff to the beach, then go into the sea looking for their foods. A same path, never change~


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Guess who I met at the Moeraki Beach? Is Philipp Gunther (we knew each other at Auckland)! And his new g/f (who I introduced to Philipp during our trip to Waitomo Cave). I totally have no idea how he manage to climb up the boulder??? He tried to pull me up but unsuccessful >.< I believed it's all thanks to my increased fat T.T


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Although the public garden looked tiny enough for pay a visit, but its make my day, send a kiss for You, one of my favorite place in NZ ~ The Oamaru Public Garden ^.^

Friday, April 01, 2011

7 March 2010 (Sunday)

Dunedin, NZ

我以我活了28年的经历来说,幸福,就是一觉醒来有热腾腾的早餐可以吃 ^.^
真得很感谢殷勤照顾着我们的主人家 - 弼鸿,一个昨天才正式认识的朋友
这时候林志颖的《快乐至上》不经意地在我脑海大声唱出来:
风多大声 藏不住我的情深 经过的城都有温暖我冰冷的好人~

主角登场...一直不让我们跟他照相的弼鸿~ 最后还不是拍到了 ^.^

话说回头,这辆从Queenstown租来的车身经百战,不知不觉已经遍体鳞伤~ 还记得挡风镜上最大的裂纹是在Bluff那段石子路上被迎面而来的车给‘溅’到的

我们为了省钱,什么车的保险都没买,现在可好,挡风镜上伤痕累累,车子被还回去的时候不知道压底金会不会被扣呢~ Jason看我们这么担心,就好心帮我们买了些工具来进行修补了~
身为司机之一的我,当然要在场帮忙了

弼鸿带我们走了大约半小时的路程来到这个人烟稀少的海岸
他说这里很多海豹 ^.^

如果我的人生就像这条石子路一样笔直,安全;再配搭上湛蓝的天和蔚蓝的海作背景的话
再远、再累,我也会走下去.....

好羡慕它哦~ 那么悠游自在
这里的海豹一点也不怕人,或许他们也知道在这世界上有‘人’这种生物吧?
然而,这里的居民跟游客也很循规蹈矩的,对野生动物不外加侵犯、不剥夺他们生存的空间,双方就这样安居乐业一代一代繁衍下去

给我蓝天白云 我把它当棉被 不用谁来陪
给我一段感情 我只要那体会 就没有浪费
给我一杯咖啡 我只要那香味就没有浪费
吐气扬眉 一个人一样能向前飞
不怕天花乱坠 我就是我自己的绝对
我会是谁眼中的十全十美~

别搞错,主角不是我~ 它虽然小,但没有它,就没有了这张照片的价值
人也一样,不一定要当上别人生命中的主角才叫活得有意义
在自己的故事里当一辈子的主角了,难道还不够吗?

没有修饰,没有调光
照片是原汁原味的,就像我们脸上的笑跟这蓝天碧海一样,出自天然

夏天已经来到尽头了,想必海豹们早已知道,尽可能的享受着初秋前那一丝暖暖的阳光吧~
不只是海豹,我也对这里的阳光特别留恋

一群歇息的海鸥准备启航了

你大概以为是那白白一片片的是海浪吧?
嗯,我想海鸥那身雪白的羽毛也是为了误导我才白得那么完美吧?

当时的我大约52公斤左右
不是我要在意那磅秤上的数字大小,问题是我抵达纽国前才46公斤而已咧...
才不过4个月我就长了5~6公斤,实在夸张了点吧? 海豹啊海豹,别人怎能笑你又胖又拙呢?

嗯,车子就只能开到这里,前面就是刚才看到的石子路,走大概20分钟左右就可以看到海豹陆续地爬上岸边,在海岸边歇息了

走完海边不知不觉就到了中午,弼鸿说这里有间挺便宜的自助餐馆,大家都没异议,自助餐最合大众口味了,你想吃什么就拿什么

对啦~就是$8而已 ^.^ 由此可见,我们用餐时间大约2~4pm左右 ^.^

有炒饭、炒米粉、寿司、春卷、粥、意大利面、水果、三文治、蘑菇汤、雪糕.... 多不胜数
总而言之,我有吃过、没放过就对了!嘻嘻 ^.^

吃完午餐就是趴趴溜的时候了
Dunedin是纽国最早开发+最老的城市,城里有3份1的人口是学生,这里算是学生城~
最早期的建筑物至今仍保留在城内,昂首鼎立在茫茫人海中,向路人述说它当年的故事
虽然不及Christchurch的教堂那么富丽堂皇,但这件教堂也是颇有名气的

纽国第一家基督教堂
听基督教的朋友说,基督教好像也有分好几派,纽国的教堂全出自同一派系
什么派系?Sorry, I'm not Christian, kindly get your further details of info from those your Christian's friends ya ^.^

雯与友人,到此一游~
不好意思,辛苦摄影师Jason Gan了

怎么我觉得好像天主教的礼拜堂似的?Shark好像也在这种教堂跟公主结婚不是?

高温烤制成的彩色玻璃,是教堂的特色之一吧~

找不出什么原因,随手拍的照都可以那么好看 :P
臭美了,我是指背景啦~
但也要天时地利人和,才能有好照片的 ^.^

我从小就爱吃的巧克力,原来厂设在这里

Otago的火车站!怎么有那么漂亮的花园衬托着呢?有花粉敏感症的朋友不用担心,这里空气开敞,所种植的花也没有浓郁的香味导致敏感,你可以好好地在这里赏花,感受一下人与大自然间的互动

没错,我们终于等到重头戏上映的时候了
这就是全世界最陡斜的马路,在纽国丹尼丁(Dunedin)的鲍德温街(Baldwin Street)
总觉得这里的人无论是建屋子还是造马路都尽量不大幅度改动原本的环境面貌
就像这条Baldwin Street,环视四周的房屋和这条路,你会知道纽国人怎么把建筑和环境融合在一块
这样人们才会敬畏大自然,一举一动不会忘记和自然界息息相关的一切

Ladies & Gentleman, let me present to you, the steepest street of the world, the Baldwin Street!

你该不会是想问我,如果走路的话从最高走下来要花上多少时间吧?Sorry lah,我没走过咯,人家带你走整天的观光,眼睛看风景都看到累了,更何况是腿呢?不过现在资讯那么发达,你上一下网就可以查证到了吧?

不过我们确实有走过这条最陡斜的马路,正确来说,是开车走过 :P
可以跟你分享的是,用最低的gear走就是了(一号牙)

再站下面一点就out of frame了

Baldwin Street, here we are come and see you ^.^

回家的路上不经意发现这所学校,井底蛙的我远远看到时还以为另一个教堂呢! 三八

听弼鸿说,这是一所学院,至于是什么学院我就记不清楚了....
问弼鸿吧,在这里住了4年他是最清楚的了 :P

充实的一天就这么过去了~
晚上我们到离Dunedin不远的小镇Palmerston过一晚夜,因为明天要到一个很特别的海边
不过为什么开Tekapo的资料来看呢?

背包客的功课嘛~ 再三确认路程、时间、观光景点
下次不用问都懂了呵~
Oamaru,我来也!

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为了满足大伙对Marijuana的好奇,弼鸿从朋友处弄来了一根,可惜的是,大家连吸烟都不会,怎么吸大麻啊?