Tag: Hiking

Tour du Mont Blanc Packing List

Packing Montbell Cha-Cha Pack 35 L Women’s backpack Medium Ziplock: To store trash accumulated along the way Clothing, shoes & Hand- carried gear Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles, Slate Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket – Womens Patagonia Women’s R2┬« Regulator┬« Fleece Jacket Montbell Super Merino Wool Round Neck Shirt Womens […]

Christchurch – What to See, Do and Eat: CARDBOARD CATHEDRAL AND CONTAINER SHOPPING

I began my 17 days South Island trip in Christchurch. Took a red- eye direct flight on Singapore Airlines and arrived at about 10am local time. I booked an Airbnb accommodation, mainly because I’d wanted a space to store my hard case luggage, without incurring massive storage fees for that 2- week period of backpacking. Luckily, the host of my apartment agreed to keep my luggage, until I was back 2 weeks later. 

My main aim on this second visit was to truly experience what NZ is about. The amazing landscapes, and the ruggedness of travelling through it all…

Hiking the 4 days 3 nights Kepler Track

I began my trip to South Island in February 2016 with the Kepler Track. This was my first multi-day hike, and I’d started planning for it in late September 2015. I’d wanted to do one of the great walks in NZ, and so I began with researching on the Department of Conservation(DOC) website(very useful by the way), narrowed down through the various trails by hike duration, browsed through pictures of the scenery and decided to do this one.

Lake Tekapo – Kohan Japanese Restaurant, Mt John Astro Cafe, Earth & Sky Stargazing Tour

I visited Tekapo on my previous trip to NZ, and it was kind of like the very first place that made me fall in love with the country. It was such a short, day trip that time, so I felt like I must come back and spend a little bit more time here on this trip. The Astro Cafe is and will always be my favourite cafe on earth. And also, I got to do a stargazing tour this time round! Church of the Good Shepherd was also open just in time to visit. I remember on the previous trip, I’d just missed the closing time.

This was my last leg of the 17 days backpacking trip, so I was feeling a little sad while on the bus from Mt Cook. The 4pm bus took about 2.5 hours to get to Tekapo, so it was evening by the time I got there. Being the last stop of the trip, I decided to check- in into a decent hotel, The Godley, which sits just in front of the lake. After which, first order of business was to Kohan to get my salmon sashimi fix! So, so glad to be back.