Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Zealand trip (30 Apr - 14 May 2017)

Exchange rate and budgeting


Rates was SGD$1501.25 to NZD$1535.00


Lucky to take advantage of the spike


Total expenses of about SGD$4,160

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Flight plan:

• SIN - AKL: NZ0281 (BOEING 787-9), 30 Apr 0850am to 1025pm
• AKL - SIN: NZ0282 (BOEING 787-9), 13 May 1155pm to 14 May 0640am


Flight cost: SGD$948.37

Domestic flights
• SIN - CHC: NZ0515 (AIRBUS A320), 1 May 0600am to 0725am
SGD$96.95

• CHC - AKL: NZ0542 (AIRBUS A320), 10 May1200pm to 0120pm
• AKL - WRE: NZ8222 (BOMBARDIER Q300), 10 May 0305pm to 0345pm
NZD$164 (SGD$171)

Flight total cost: SGD$1,216.32

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Day 1, 30 Apr 17


Kia Ora


Chat function on the plane


Ice cream


Sunset


Why are there sharp boxes in toilets?


Trying to rough it out while waiting for the domestic flight the following morning


Water for $4 !

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Day 2, 1 May 17


Domestic flight from Auckland to Christchurch


Sunrise




Shopping at Countdown




Multiple roadworks


Rakaia River


Salmon tales cafe


Orari river










#LakeTekapo




Ducks


Sunset


Mount John University Observatory tour - $148


It is a pity that we did not manage to see the Southern lights



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Day 3, 2 May 17


View from YHA


Lots of ducks


Church of the Good Shepherd


Ajumma everywhere


Ducks


Panoramic


Lake Mcgregor






Daytime view from Mount John University Observatory. Note that there is an entry fee of $8 per vehicle driving up.


Sunset




Dinner at Kohan Japanese restaurant


Light painting




Long exposure shot

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Day 4, 3 May 17


Mount Cook Alpine Salmon


1/2 kilo of salmon for $30


Lake Pukaki




High country salmon farm


Sheeps


Lindis Pass




Cromwell




Cromwell Heritage Precinct


Rainbow


Meow




360 at the bridge to the Goldfields Mining Center


AJ Hackett Bungy at Kawarau Bridge




Hail?


Slow traffic into Queenstown


Quad share room



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Day 5, 4 May 17




Cloudy


Ice skate


Pork ribs @ Flames Grill and Bar


Entrance to Kiwi Birdlife Park


Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere


AJ Bungy


Sunset


Twilight




Meow

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Day 6, 5 May 17


This day was meant for skydiving, but the weather was bad and got postpone.




Skydive








TSS Earnslaw Steamship Lake Cruise with farm visit for $79


360




Really running on steam power


Walter Peak








Afternoon tea




Sheep dog demo


Sheering the sheep






Preparing to come alongside







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Day 7, 6 May 17


St Josephs Parish




Arrow Junction Lookout Point


Relishes Cafe

#LoveWanaka


#ThatWanakaTree




Kane Rd bridge, Hawea Flat




Lake Hāwea


Picnic




Haast Pass Top 10

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Day 8, 7 May 17




Ship Creek


Dolphins sightings


Fox Glacier


Helicopter ride


























Top10

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Day 9, 8 May 17


The mirror lake - Lake Matheson




Hokitika






Sunset Point




Shantytown Heritage Park






Castle Hill Community Hall


Lake Lyndon




Arts Centre


Canterbury Museum




Sleeping along the cold street


Everything is going to be alright


Phone booth




River

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Day 10, 9 May 17


Waikari Sheep statue




Kaikoura Encounters


Mural


Fyffe house


Kaikoura Seal colony










Going for a swim


Tourist crowding over the seal


Yawn


Lookout point


Kaikoura Seafood BBQ Kiosk


All these for $60


Crayfish!


Kaikoura Marine Aquarium - Closed



Pilot-a-plane for $130










Sunset




More crayfish! This set for $136

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Day 11, 10 May 17


Was worried that our flight may get delayed




Propeller plane


Sunset



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Day 12, 11 May 17


Confined water session for PADI Dry Suit Specialty course

Confined water Dive
Location: Pool
Max depth: 2.7m
Average depth: 2.0m
Bottom time: 15min (0958 - 1013)
Temperature: 16°C





Dive #1
Location: Lighthouse Bay
Max depth: 15.1m
Average depth: 9.6m
Bottom time: 30min (1132 - 1202)
Temperature: 18°C

Dive #2
Location: Lighthouse Bay
Max depth: 13.6
Average depth: 9.8m
Bottom time: 37min (1313 - 1350)
Temperature: 18°C


Lighthouse bay - it was a pity that weather is so rough that it is not practical to go for the wreck dive (The Tui and The Waikato) that is just 3nm away.


Schnappa Rock Restaurant & Bar







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Day 13, 12 May 17


Huanui Orchards


Kiwi






Mount Parihaka Lookout and Memorial


Te Matau A Pohe


Claphams Clock Museum




Kiwi at $1.99 per kilo








Horses




Whangarei falls


Meow



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Day 14, 13 May 17






Auckland City


Repair works




Roast pork and duck at 350 Queen St






Shadows


Downtown Terminal


Road work in progress


Sky Tower


Ongoing construction


Tepid Baths Pool and Leisure Centre


Viaduct Basin


Auckland Waterfront Apartments


Sunset




Lights coming up


Saying good bye




Sunrise in Singapore


Bringing home tons of photos

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More pictures:
- Canterbury
- Otago
- West Coast
- Canterbury again
- North Island

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