my family from the PH visited us here in NZ last holiday season. it’s the first time my family went on a long haul trip which is really exciting! it was fun and memorable albeit a little short as they stayed only for 3 weeks. nevertheless, i know that they enjoyed their visit most especially spending quality time with my son. 🙂
traveling in new zealand is not complete without going on a road trip. and so, channeling my inner travel consultant persona, i brought them to some of the tourist destinations here in south island such as akaroa, wanaka, queenstown, oamaru and tekapo. my husband did an awesome job driving for us! *thanks papa*
since there are lots of photos and stories to share, i will post one place at a time. 🙂
first place is oamaru, a town located three-hours away from christchurch and at the east coast of new zealand. oamaru is part of the north otago region and reminds me of vigan or intramuros in the PH because of its historic victorian architecture. we had a limited time touring the city because it’s only a day trip and much of the time spent was catching up on stories in my relatives house. but they are gracious hosts and showed us around the town. first stop is the victorian precinct which is a small hub filled with shops, restaurants and art galleries.
we tried the locally made ice cream at deja moo. my father did not finished his ice cream because he was feeling cold from the weather.
it started to drizzle and get cold so we’ve decided to go to oamaru blue penguin colony as our last stop.unfortunately, we did not see any penguins that time because we were still early and the penguins will only come out during the night-time. since it’s summer, sunset means 9 pm in our part of the world.
there’s still a lot more to explore in oamaru but sadly we have to go home. the charming old town makes me feel transported to another lifetime. next time, we will go back and will definitely check out the penguins. 🙂
long weekend on a summer season, is one of the days i and most kiwis look forward to. everyone is excited to go on a holiday trip and do outdoor stuff like having a backyard bbq party, walking at the park or chilling at the beach.
for us, it only means one thing. it’s CAMPING time! it’s been a year since we started camping and now, we consider it as our regular outdoor activity. camping gives us the much-needed break from our busy lives. it is therapeutic and relaxing. all we do is enjoy each others company by having real conversation with friends (due to absence of wifi which is the BEST.THING.EVER), sleeping inside the tent or under a tree, playing pinoy henyo and basically eating non stop. camping in new zealand is very safe as there are no wild animals lurking around such as snakes and crocodiles. the only thing that annoys us are the sand flies, so insect repellent is a must.
here are some of the photos from our last camping adventure. obviously, the boys love the outdoor so much and they were having a great time wading in the river. the water is crystal clear clean and you could see the bottom of it. this moment of experiencing the beauty of the nature with family and friends…are what i’m grateful for. 🙂
we are now mid-february. that means, there are few days left for summer and miserable winter is not too far away. how come we only found out about camping just recently?! we are such late bloomers. our couple friend here invited us on a weekend camping and it was lots of fun, no wonder most kiwis love camping and outdoor.
camping is not only relaxing but also a good time to spend quiet moments with family and friends. no telephone signal, no computers and no internet. just the beautiful view of the nature and the sound of the crickets at night. they have complete camping gears so life’s not too hard for newbies like us. since bubs just turned one, we were able to bring him for camping. it’s his first camping experience so a memorable one for all of us.
i borrowed a tent from a friend. initially, we were only planning for a picnic day trip but our friends convinced us to stay overnight. now we know how fun camping is, we bought our own tent so we can go camping anytime we want. yay! new zealand outdoor is too awesome.
we arrived at 10-ish morning and our friends helped us to set up the tent. as a contribution, we brought marinated pork bellies “aka liempos” and my husband’s new baby – a portable barbecue grille. haha!
everything went well except that we are not appropriately dress for the event. hubby and i were wearing shorts and the baby forgot his jacket. by the time evening came and we are about to sleep, the freezing temperature is unbearable and my legs and feet are cold. i also wake up every hour to check bubs if he’s warm and not shivering. guess what? he sleeps soundly as if he’s at home. that’s my baby bear grylls in the making, haha! we camped at lake pearson, a beautiful and tranquil lake located at south island of new zealand. there’s a nice view of the mountain when you look from inside the tent.
campsite is free of charge and has a long drop toilet. sincelong drop toilet is for everyone’s use, expect it to be filthy, yucky and stinky. the funny thing is that you will survive using it because there’s no other choice. it’s part of the experience anyway.
here are some of the photos during our camping. too bad, summer is about to end. we can still camp when autumn comes and it will be a different experience then. the beauty of fall is incomparable. like my friend said to me, “each season has a different beauty”. 🙂
looking forward to our new tent and more adventures!
summer is just around the corner. we’ve got a month left for spring and then here comes summer knocking at our door. yey! i miss the tropical philippine beach, where the water is warm and you can stay in the water as long as you like unless you start to feel the sun burning on your skin or some jellyfish bite you.
here in new zealand, the water at the beach is ice-cold because we are near the antarctic waters. when hubby and i dip our feet on the water, we screamed and laughed so hard because it’s freezing cold. haha!
the sun is warm but the air is cold, very typical of christchurch. we spent an hour walking along the tracks while baby is soundly asleep inside the carrier. he likes to sleep…a minute or two after we reach the destination. 🙂
before heading back to christchurch after our hanmer staycation, we visited wai ariki farm park. it is a small farm with various friendly animals to feed. a small café is available where you pay the entrance fee to the farm. you can also buy there the animal food for $2, if you wish to feed the animals. we stayed only for an hour since baby got some colds and it’s quite cold that day too.
i’m too lazy writing a long post now so just have a look at some of the photos. and i just want to say that someday, i want my own farmville!