Part 2: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Omarama, Christchurch and Wellington

 

Day 5

Checked-out from the hotel after breakfast and we were on our way back to Christchurch again. Along the way, we stopped at an old gold mining town to explore the  once famous Chinese Village. There is a museum there displaying the history of the mining town, however due to time constraint, we didn’t get to go in. Actually the town is just like a ghost town as few people reside there. There are still some shops operating there.

The desserted street of Arrowtown

The deserted street of Arrowtown

Haha, it’s time to visit the World’s  First Bunggy Site at Kawarau River.   Everyone was excited to get a glimpse of how the people jump down. Of course no one in our group dare to take the challenge!

Off he goes! A very exciting and extraordinary experimentence
Off they  go! A very exciting and extraordinary experience for these Latin American couple

Next is a visit to the 3600  spin  rapid jet boating  site. Only 5 of us, me and another 4 members from the Yan  family Johor Bahru  went for the ride! It was a real good experience sitting in a boat moving at 80 km/hr and suddenly make a U-turn! The kids were yelling out loud while enjoying the thrill!

Our starting point for the jetboating on the  beautiful Kawarao River.

Our starting point for the jetboating on the beautiful Kawarao River.

Me and the Yan sibling  before boarding..

Me and the Yan sibling before boarding..

Where is HP Lim?  Front row on the left

Where is HP Lim?
Front row on the left

We continued our journey to Omarama for our lunch before arriving  at Christchurch.  We didn’t explore much in Omarama as we were rushing to Christchurch. Actually this town is famous for gliding as it is surrounded by Southern Alps.

The famous lamb shank restaurant..

The famous lamb shank restaurant..

The succulent and tender lamb shank  down with a glass of beer..

The succulent and tender lamb shank down with a glass of beer..

 

Day 6

In Christchurch, we stayed at Sudima Airport Hotel as it is near to the train station. Checked-out early in the morning to catch the 7.00 am train to Picton, the northern tip of South Island.

We boarded the Coastal Pacific train and on our way to Picton. The approximately 6 hour ride took us along the west coast of South Island. On one side of the train, you could see the blue sea with endless coast line and rugged beaches and rocks, inhabited by seals, seabirds and occasionally penguins, dolphins  and whales if you are lucky enough. On the other side, it’s the steeply rising Kaikoura Range and also through the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains. You also get to see  the beautiful wine growing region. Occasionally you may also see sheep grazing on the green lush grass. Travelling by train is a good way to see the countryside of New Zealand.

Before boarding the Kiwi Rail

Before boarding the Kiwi Rail

This is the ferry we took.  Courtesy  of the Interislander Website.

The comfortable and luxurious  ferry we took.
Courtesy of the Interislander Website for the photo

The beautiful and calm Cook’s Straits separating North and South Island

At Picton we boarded the Interislander ferry to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. The 92 km 3 hour ferry ride  took us across Cook Straits to Wellington. Along the way, you get to see the  beautiful scenery of both the islands.  This  voyage is acknowledged as the most spectacular cruise  in the world!

Upon arrival, we were taken for our Wellington city tour which includes the Parliament House and Mt Victoria where you get a panoramic view of Wellington.

The beautiful and calm Cook's Straits separating North and South Island

In front of the Parliament House. Here we had our group photo taken

In front of the Parliament House. Here we had our group photo taken

Panoramic view of Wellington from Mt Victoria

Panoramic view of Wellington from Mt Victoria

This is where we had our dinner in Wellington

This is where we had our dinner in Wellington

At the seaside in Wellington

At the seaside in Wellington

Stay tuned for Part 3.

 

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About HP Lim

An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.