The chasm

Road to Milford Sound – Overnight cruise trip (MAY)

Is really a great experience from the overnight cruise trip at Milford Mariner with Real Journeys. Through out the journey it rained heavily but it was a good news where by the time we reach we will get a great view of waterfalls full of pouring water thanks to the rain.

We depart from Real Journeys office at 9am before that they appointed a taxi for us from our hotel to get to the office.

Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop

Our first pit stop was a coffee house totally forget the name and the area. Mind me!

Get to see few Alpama at their backyard.

Alpama
Alpama
Te Anu
Te Anu

We also stop Te Anau Downs- Harbour depature point where we fix our lunch at a decent  japanese restaurant- Pop Inn. They serve good Udon & curry rice.

Along Milford Sound
Jump!
Knobs Flat
Knobs Flat

Knobs Flat is a rest area for campers. We also went to Mirror Lake but it rained badly so we cant see any reflection during that time also we pass through the Hommer Tunnel as it rained the picture was not clear.

Once we reach at the harbour point the rain stopped right on time at 3pm.We get our room key and sail our way to Milford Sound. The room was very comfort and well taken care of.

Milford Mariner Ship
Milford Mariner Ship

We get to witness different type of waterfalls with explanation by the captain & crew team.

Milford Sound
Waterfall
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Spotted a rainbow!

After that we are told to get ready for dinner.

Breads for starter
Breads for starter
Mains-Dinner at  Milford Mariner
Mains
Mains-Dinner at  Milford Mariner
Mains-Dinner at Milford Mariner
Mains-Dinner at  Milford Mariner
Mains- Beef & lamb
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Dessert at Milford Mariner
Cheese Platter at Milford Mariner
Cheese Platter

The food was very good and there are plenty of choices for dessert couldn’t ask for more.

After a fruitful dinner, we were asked to choose either one of the activities to participate: swimming in below 9 degrees , kayak or boat ride spectacular.

All of the on board passenger choose boat ride spectacular since is freaking cold and there are drizzle of rain at that moment.

Hey who wants to get chilled and swim? I would like to try it out but I think my body will freeze to death and I dont have my swimsuits on with me. *grins*

Milford Sound
Milford Sound- Mariner

Look how flat was the water!

Milford Mariner
Milford Mariner

Oh look our ship! We get to see seal too but there were no penguins and dolphin during that time. How sad.

Night View Milford Sound
Night View Milford Sound

Magnificent night view; the whole area was light by the moon light and sky full of stars. For the rest of the night we get to play board games and admiring the night view of Milford Sound.

The next morning breakfast was prepared and we are being told to finish up our breakfast quickly as the ship will sail out to Tasman Sea and head back to the harbour, it will be quite shaky and yes I to experience the shake as the wave rush towards us.

Milford Sound
Milford Sound

This is a another pit stop on our way back to Queenstown – forgotten what it was called. *grins*

Beautiful Rock
Beautiful Rock

 

 

Later on we went to The Chasm a loop forest walk offers views of waterfalls and sculptured rock formations. I really love this little place I get to see wet moss forest!

The Chasm
The Chasm

Impressive rock chasm formed by the rushing waters of Cleddau River

rock chasm
rock chasm
The chasm
The chasm

It was a pretty good weather on our way back and is good tho since I get to experience both weather in such an amazing journey.

Milford Sound is a very nice place with full of nature surrounding- nature at it’s best .

New Zealand Queenstown Itinerary

Just get back from the beautiful country New Zealand and yeah the view is awesome! This time I venture to south island which was Queenstown. Everything in there is just beautiful and I felt like I’m in a movie scene or a post card photo session is just surreal. The weather was super cold, when I was there it was late autumn and I’m glad is all sunny and nice.

Here are the itinerary that I would like to share out for my one week of stay in Queenstown New Zealand. I flew to sydney to make a transit flight to Queenstown and this is the only way to save more despite the flight view to Queenstown was awesome you get to see the beautiful mountain and lake from the above.

Queenstown Flight View
Queenstown Flight View

Look I got to see the mountain cape with full of snow from up high! So beautiful! I think is the mountain is called “The Remarkable” even the name is #awesome !!!

Flight View The Remarkable Mount
Flight View The Remarkable Mount

Okay lets wrap things up with the full itinerary list. Note this is a summary itinerary less picture will be posted and for each events, I will make a full post individually and will link it together once the post is done.

Day One: Touch down Queenstown airport during the noon and from the airport we took the Connecta Bus to the the nearest bus stop of our hotel. The cost for the transport was NZD8 the bus runs every 20 min from airport to town so is quiet convenient. The bus is easily spotted is in bright yellow colour.

After check in we dig our self some lunch. So the very first meal in Queenstown was their famous “Fergburger” OMG the burger is so huge! I think everyone first meal in Queenstown was fergburger hahahahah!! There was no Q and we get our burger around 15min of waiting lucky us.

Then after that we venture around the town just to get a quick look of it. New Zealand has a very less day time thus during 6pm it was all dark thus for day 1 we don’t get used to it yet and it was so dark it felt like it was already 9pm!!! OMG!!

So “Bluff oyster” is in our must eat list during our trip thus we went to PJ’s fish and chip’s to have the bluff oyster and since is the bluff oyster season every shop has it! It was yummy! (I will share the pictures and details in another post for food only)

After that we went to “Alpine supermarket” to buy some groceries and dinner and there is the only supermarket in Queenstown. Oh they also have “Asian Mart” just located opposite of Alpine Supermarket and they have every Asian food!!! If you are craving Asian food you can find it in there!! So that was basically day one.

Day Two: Bought overnight stay for “Milford Sound” Marina Boat trip we book it from “Real Journey”. I must say the journey to Milford Sound and Milford Sound is amazing there are a lot of waterfalls and nature in Milford Sound. We had a good view of it during rainy day and sunny day we are so lucky. So the road trip start’s at 9am and the journey took 6 hours to the jetty where we reach the jetty at 3pm. For Milford sound journey we get to see Te Anu Lake, Fiorland National Park and homers tunnel and many more.

Day Three: Still in Marina Boat, had breakfast in the boat and at 7am the boat starts to sail to “Tasman Sea” it goes kinda shaky and is super windy out there. After than we reach the jetty at 9am and get back to our mini coach back to Queenstown with another sunny view through out the journey and we reach Queenstown at 3pm.

I will share the pictures and details in another post for my overnight stay in Milford Sound which compile a full details of Day two & three. So stay tune!

Day Four: Booked “Shotover Jet” and “Kawarau Bridge Bungy” where I get a combo deals for both of this activity.

Shotover Jet is a very famous activity in Queenstown and is a must do thing! We had a 20min ride on the jet with 5-6 360 spins and yeah is freaking cold out there!

During noon I get to do the bungy. Oh yeah man! Bungy time!!! Look is only 43m high and of course this view is extremely beautiful I purposely choose this bungy because of the view itself (evil laugh) Did’t want to do the Nevis Bungy because is only rock mountain but the height was 143m is crazy man I think I will be yelling for a longer time and get numb.

For dinner we dine in at “Flames grill bar” and the food was really nice!!!!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy
Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Day Five: We went to  “Arrowtown” which is 20min ride journey to there by Connecta Bus. Buy daily pass from the bus driver it is cheaper compare to single ride fare. Arrowtown is a really small town compare to Queenstown so is really easing to walk around.

After returning from Arrowtown we went straight up to “Queenstown Skyline” for “Gondola & Luge ride”. Lucky us we get the last few rides for luge as they are closing at 5pm. Also we get to see the sun set yay! They even have “Stargazing” activity at the Skyline. But we din’t go for that. We manage to see many stars during our stay since the sky is clear so stargazing at skyline kinda pricey for us.

For dinner we dine in at “Winnies Pizza” and Oh My the pizza was really good!! Later on we have our dessert at “Patagonia” Oh My their chocolate is real good!!!! Love it!

Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown Skyline view
Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown Skyline view

Day Six: It was the last day to venture around Queenstown and is a very free and easy day for us. We went to “Queenstown Hill” for a walk which is just located behind our hotel.

Later on we went to the Lake side and feed some ducks. The ducks are really hungry!!!

Duck Feeding at Lake Side Queenstown
Duck Feeding at Lake Side Queenstown

 

After that we went to “Below Zero Ice Bar” where we purchase a great deal from bookme.com is a really good place to get cheap deals for any activity in New Zealand.

Next we went to “Queenstown Garden” they have a rose garden there and is really pretty and it smells good too. The garden is really nice and they have a lake track around the garden that you can have a good walk along the lake the view is really nice.

Later on we dine in at “Brazz Restaurant & Bar” highly recommend their Ribs!

Day Seven: Last day at Queenstown, before we catch our flight  We manage to take a walk to “Queenstown Market”Saturday Market at the Lake Side” they sell mostly craft and art stuff.  Have a noon flight back from Queenstown and have another amazing view back home!

That’s all for the itinerary summary hope it can help you to have a draft on what to do in Queenstown!! Stay tune for my more details post!