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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?