Friday, 16 Aug ’19,
By 6:20AM we already sat outside the i-Site Rotorua, waiting for our shuttle to go Hobbiton, GlowWorm and Ruakuri Caves, then transfer back to Auckland with our big luggages. ٩(ˊ〇ˋ*)و
We took this activity 2 Caves & Hobbiton END AUCKLAND from VIATOR and cost us more than S$334 per person. We thought this was a good offer since we don’t need to worry about our transfer back to Auckland and additional cost if we took bus or train.
Our first stop was Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. It took us about 1 hour to travel from Rotorua city center to Matamata.
Thursday, 15 Aug ’19,
Finally a sunny day!!!
We decided to wake up late this morning and missed our mud pick up at 8:50AM. We desperately needed our beauty sleeps many days with long walks. And also we needed to wake up early morning tomorrow and the day after tomz. (￣▽￣)
On this beautiful sunny day we walked around the city and checked out Rotorua Lake.
Rotorua Lake is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand by surface area, and covers 79.8 km2. The lake was formed from the crater of a large volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Its last major eruption was about 240,000 years ago. After the eruption, the magma chamber underneath the volcano collapsed. The circular depression left behind is the Rotorua Caldera, which is the site of the lake.
Wednesday, 14 Aug ’19, drizzling in the morning
Today we are going to 2 different farms. We booked both tickets from KLOOK; Rainbow Springs Nature Park including Kiwi Encounter (cost us S$52 per person) and Agrodome Farm Show and Tour Combo (cost us S$36 per person).
As recommended online, it is better to come to the Rainbow Park early in the morning (they open at 9AM) and quietly watch the Kiwi bird before the crowd comes. So off we go to to the Park from i-SITE via bus #1 and only took about 10 minutes to go there. ╰(*´︶`*)╯
Tuesday, 13 Aug ’19, raining and raining and raining.
Today we’re off to Rotorua early morning, after our breakkie. ヽ(o^ ^o)ﾉ
We booked our bus from interCity to take us from Auckland City to Rotorua. The bus fare is around S$24 one way, per person – we took the morning schedule; departs 8AM from Auckland and arrived in Rotorua 12:15PM. The bus stop for interCity located on the west side of Sky Tower, very close from our hotel at Wyndham.
We passed by Hamilton on the way from Auckland to Rotorua. The 4 hours journey mostly was raining. We saw 4 different rainbows within 2 hours. It was one of the memorable journey I ever had. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
This picture captured my real life: even in your holiday, you can’t run away from deadline. 😂
Monday, 12 Aug ’19, raining-stop-raining-stop-raining.
Today we took another tour from KLOOK; Taste of Waiheke Day Tour from Auckland. This tour cost us almost S$160 per person including tasting 10 different wines, countless olives, ferry tickets from and back to Auckland, shuttle around Waiheke Island and lunch. (*≧ω≦*)
The morning started as usual with quick breakkie at the Coffee Club. From there we walked to the Queen’s Wharf to redeem ferry ticket and depart from Auckland Ferry Terminal by 11AM. <(￣︶￣)>
The ferry took us about 35 minutes from Queen’s Wharf, short stop at Devonport, then finally to Waiheke Island. The sky was so blue this morning and the grass was beautifully lush green. Waiheke Island is the most populated and second-largest island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand.
A lovely 74 years old lady with blue signboard “Taste of Waiheke Day” greeted us then brought the 10 of us to her shuttle.
Our first stop was Stonyridge Vineyard.
Sunday, 11 Aug ’19, sunny & windy.
So much for our sleepless night and woke up early on weekend just to received a phone call about our skydive; the itinerary was canceled due to bad weather. Such a heartbreaking morning news for both of us since we didn’t have any plan B. And this skydive was one of our must-do activity we were looking forward! ╮( ˘ ､ ˘ )╭
Thanks to Veron. She quickly suggested both of us to take our ferry ticket to Devonport – the ticket we weren’t so interested yesterday. So off we quickly rushed to Queen’s Wharf, changed our tickets and waited for the ferry at the Port 2.
The ferry took us just 12 minutes from Auckland’s port to beautiful Devonport. From the breathtaking sea and city views to the stunning beaches, boutique shopping, charming accommodation and café culture – it’s no wonder it’s rated one of the top spots to visit in Auckland.
“I’d give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter”
Saturday, 10 Aug ’19, another rainy days
There was our favorite breakkie place just next to our hotel, the name was Coffee Club. We went there almost everyday when we were in Auckland. ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Stef, my friend whom I accidentally met (around) 5 years ago at Jakarta airport and instantly became facebook friend, decided to spend one of her precious day with me and Veron, today. She arrived around 9:30AM when we were having our breakfast at Coffee Club. This was our second time met in person and she was such a lovely young lady!
Friday, 9 Aug ’19, tenshi no koi 天使の恋
Both of us had lack of sleep on the plane. After spent 2 hours 45 minutes transit in Brisbane and fuelled ourselves with coffee and hot chocolate, we continued our 2 hours journey to Auckland. I had a slightly better sleep on the second flight, with the new app I downloaded yesterday “sleep sound” – to trick my brain into relax mode. (´-ω-`)
Thursday, 8 Aug ‘19
First and foremost, I was ecstatic when I finally got my VISA, which was 2 days ago!!
FYI. For someone who’s holding a green passport, I understand that applying VISA sometimes could be troublesome. That’s why I did submit all the required documents to the VFS long before my flight, which was on 2nd July – I was the first one to come and queued. I was so sure to get my VISA within 2 weeks, but by end of July still no news – I sent emails to VFS but they said they will escalate it to NZ immigration. I did sent emails but only received auto-generated reply. By early August I did call NZ immigration many times and even left my number but only machine picked up my international calls. In the end one of the email said they were still processing my VISA to Beijing. Whaaaaat!!! (ノ°益°)ノ
At last! Early morning on 6th Aug, when Veron – my travel buddy slash colleague panickedly came to my desk asking about my VISA, I finally received my long-awaited email from NZ Immigration!! I jumped and hugged her, almost cried. This was crazy man! Next time I will start applying 2 months before my flight!! (っ´ω`)ﾉ(╥ω╥)
Or change my passport to red. <(￣︶￣)>
Okay so. Why don’t you take a look at this beautiful dawn at Brisbane airport!
Jewel Changi Airport, commonly known as Jewel, is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex on the landside of Changi Airport, Singapore. Linked to three of its passenger terminals, the centrepiece is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, named the Rain Vortex, which is surrounded by a terraced forest setting.
Both pictures taken by me!! 😍😍
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