Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Coming in from Christchurch

Hey guys! If you're reading this I just want you to know that I miss y'all very very much!

So anyways, like I promised I would blog if I get the chance, so now I'm gonna give you the details of the past 4 days in New Zealand.

Day 1 (Auckland to Rotorua)
So firstly, wanna thank all those who dropped me messages and came to see me off. Really much appreciated. So I left Singapore at about 9.30pm, 30 minutes behind schedule. So it was a 10 hour flight, rather boring, not much to do. Anyways I watched The Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, House M.D. and read some books. Whilst in the air I caught a revelation from God. It may not be much to some, but to me it means so much. Anywho, we touched down in Auckland, New Zealand (North), at around 11am. The weather is friggin' cold, and mind you the season right now is summer! Winds are blowing like never before, tempreatures hovering around 16-20 degrees. So we did some sight seeing on the bus while on the way to see some geysers and mud pools, The place is called 'Te Whakarewarra...... Something, something, something... It's too long to remember... The word is actually the 3rd longest word in new Zealand, consisting of 37 letters. The longest word consists of 87 letters, and it's a person's name... It'll be a mouthful just to call him... Anyways, while at this place, we caught a glimpse of Maori (The indegineous people of NZ) culture, from it's trades to it's buildings. The geysers were amazing, the mud pool, not so... All in all we had a great first day. We then proceeded to check in to our hotel called Sudima Hotel. It's a rather quaint place, more of a motel if y'ask me. There was computer and internet connection there, but costs $2 for 15 mins. Here in the current hotel it's only 3$ for 1/2 an hour.

Day 2 (Rotorua)
Woke up at 5.30am, and it's already bright like it's 7am... Anyways we took a 5 min bus ride to a place where we had a champagne breakfast! We took a cablecar up to the mountain and then walked to the restaurant, the restaurant boasted a 360 degree view of Rotorua, which was the town we were staying at. The food was great, but the champagne was excellent! It was sweet, bubbly and very, very summer! After breakfast, at the same place, we went to ride the luge. Unfortunately for us, the intermediate and advanced course was closed, so we could only take the slower, scenic route, it was fun anyways, and I got some photos to show ya when I get back. After the luge, we proceeded to the Agrodome, a place where they rear and shear sheeps. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, as before, many pictures to show. After that we proceeded to the Kiwi 360, a Kiwi(the people) orchard where they raise kiwis! We got a tour of the compound and bought a bottle of kiwi wine, it's light and easy to drink, good for begginers. After that we proceeded back to Sudima Hotel for a traditional Hangi dinner. I'm gonna teach you some words now, so don't be puzzled when I use them back home.

Kia Ora --> Hello
Car-pai --> Good
Haere Mai --> Come here
Haere Rah --> Go there, or Good bye
Poo-kah-na --> Used to describe the bulging of the eye, protrusion of the tounge and the deep guttural noises produced from Maori warriors when they perform the Haka (Postural war dance)

All in all, dinner was great and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, after that we went to our rooms and went to sleep.

Day 3 (Rotorua to Auckland)
So we woke up at about 6am today, and for the love of Almighty God, it was raining! That brought the already cold weather down to 12 degrees! Oh well... In any case our first stop of the day was the Waitomo glow worm caves. I tell you it was beautiful, Whilst in the dark cave we could see thousands upon thousands of glow worms on the ceilings, and I thought to myself, "As many glow worms there are on the ceiling, as many my descendants shall be!" Unfortunately I don't have photos for you, because no photography was allowed... Oh well, anywho our next stop, which was 5 mins away, was the Angora Rabbit shearing shed. There they shear cute lil bunnies for their fur. I got a picture of it! After that stop it was a 2 hour journey back to Auckland from Rotorua. When we reached Auckland we went to Mt Eden, a dormant volcano, then stopped at a place to take picture of the Auckland harbour bridge before. After that we checked in to the Auckland SkyCity hotel where we spent one night before heading on to Christchurch.

Day 4 (Auckland to Christchurch)
We woke up at 7am in this morning to headon to the airpor to catch our 11am domestic flight to Christchurch (South). But unfortunately our flight was cancelled, we then spent 3 hours in the airport waiting for another flight at 2.10pm... Anywho, we reached Christchurch at about 3.30pm? I dunno... We then headed down to Cashmere mountain for breath taking scenery, then proceeded down to Cathedral Square to look at the cathedral, I wanted to take pictures, but a service was about to start, so I couldn't snap any pictures... Oh and I missed holy communion there by about 5 hours! In anycase we had a thai dinner afterwards and then checked in to Elms, a motel... Afterwhich I came down and started blogging. So tomorrow I'll be leaving Christchurch and heading down to Queenstown, then it'll be 5 more days before I see you again. Can't wait!

Much loves from me to y'all!

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