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Friday, September 30, 2011

Te Anau To Queenstown

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"THE ROAD TRIP"
FJORDLAND & SOUTHERN PACIFIC EXPERIENCE

Scene Location :
* Lake Te Anau

*
Te Anau Downs
* Walker Creek
*
Mirror Lake
*
Homer Tunnel
*
Milford Sound
* The Chasm
*
Kea Viewpoint
* Lake Gunn
* Knobs Flat
* Te Anau
* Lake Manapouri
* The Key
* Mossburn
*
Five Rivers
* Athol
* Gavston
* Kingston
* Queenstown

Total Distance :
* 447km

* Fuel - NZD60

Setting :

* Day - Snow, snow, snow


Character :

* Driver : Biqque

* Map Reader & Photographer : Shahrul

* Extra : Pakcik El Cheapo, Pakcik ais kacang, Chawana's car, Mamat Kiwi hensem untuk Fatt, Mamat mandi waterfall, Penguin and Fur seals



~Page Four~
Te Anau To Queenstown : When We See What We Want To See

“Ayang, wake up…” Hubby woke me up from the couch. Bahana tak dapat upgrade cabin semalam. Nasib baik takde orang.

Looking out from the lounge glass wall, the weather condition was nice and chill. From afar, I saw Lake Te Anau was so gorgeously bluish, surrounded by stunning and handsome snow-capped mountain.
Again, we didn’t fresh up (tapi maintain wangi) and quickly prepared the breakfast. I made scrambled eggs and toasted bread, enough to sustain until lunch time. We then drove out from the holiday park and stopped at one side of the lake.

Lake Te Anau
“Ya Allahhhhhhh! Lawa gileeeeeeeee!” We shouted happily once we saw the whole part of the lake. Couple of cute ducks was swimming by few small boats. I started to jump around and asked hubby to snap funny pictures of me. We also set a timer to capture our couple picture, for the sake of our ritual “hall of frame”.
We then stopped at Te Anau town to have our breakfast, inside the car. Once finished, I started the engine and drove towards the outskirt.

“What the…is that…?!” A policeman waved his hand to stop us by the road side.

(Turunkan tingkap.)

(Muka terpinga-pinga.)

“Hi…You were driving at 60kmph at the range of 200meters, passing by the school area…” He bended down and explained, showing me the meter reader device, simultaneously.

“Owh really…? I’m so sorry…I didn’t notice that there was a school area…(dalam hati, like WHERE??? Aku baru lepas makan scramble egg kowt!)”

(Muka kesian.)

“Well…the speed limit should be 50kmph…usually, we can tolerate if the speed won’t exceed that much…you know…but today is Monday, so…” sambil angkat bahu dan kening. LA, HARI NI SENIN KEEEEE!

KO JANGAN INGAT POLIS NI MAKAN RASUAH. TAKDENYER! MAKA TADAH JE LA DRIVING LICENSE KO TU BIQQUE!
(Redha…tapi cam rasa best gile sampai tersengih-sengih sebab kena saman kat negara orang. Like, YES! Aku rasa ikhlas je nak bayo kat kerajaan dia sebab jalan raya dia cantik. Tak rugi duit aku.)

“Are you a tourist?” (Eh aku Nampak cam local ke? Dah la kat sume negara lain aku di cop sebagai local, takkan NZ pun kot…)

(Ngangguk.)

“I’m sorry to ruin your trip…but it’s only NZD30…” Harga saman tu bleh naik cruise untuk dua orang tu bang…but the best part, SIAP MINTAK MAAP TU WEH! KAT MESIA ADA???

I handed out my driving license and waited for him to prepare the ticket. I saw him writing in the occupation field as tourist. Owh…mesti memula dia ingat aku orang Maori kan? Hahaha!

We smiled to them and drove away. The signboard stated to allow 2 hours to reach Milford Sound, provided the road status, is open. We prayed for a smooth journey, hoping that there is no avalanche. Or else, I would have cry in the middle of the road, do the Haka dance, to stop the avalachiao! (Bak kata Fatt.)

God loves us that He permits the road to be opened. Tall trees alongside the road, made the scene looked dim and gloomy. Once in a while, we could see the tip of the snow-capped mountain, from afar.

Te Anau Downs
We stopped for a minute at the Te Anau Downs, that known as the Milford track departure point. There was Lake Mistletoe nearby. At this moment of time, we knew that we were approaching the legendary Homer Tunnel, in any time.

Walker Creek
Beforehand, we passed by the Fiordland National Park and stopped at Walker Creek, to experience an unusual view, where the grass was in russet color. Ala cam rumput kering yang nak mati tu la, tapi tak mati-mati. But the combination of snow-capped mountain, rumput kering, dengan sungai kecik, SANGAT LA CUN!
I SWEAR, at this point of time, kitorang dah jakun gile! Terlompat sana! Terlompat sini! Biasa la, kalo tak chill, tak fun la trip aku tu. Then guna timer amik gambar. Hahaha! Sampaikan dua mamat mat saleh ni yang dok convoy dengan kitorang pun benti skali! Ha bukan Asian jer yang melebih-lebih, omputih pun!

Mirror Lake
Few kilometers from here, we saw cars stopping by the road side. “It’s Mirror Lake!” SUMPAH CANTIK! MEMANG MACAM CERMIN LA! Provided itik-itik kat situ tak kocakkan air yang tenang itu ye adik-adik…pfftt!
While walking back to the car, one uncle looked at us and said “Orang mana?” La, cina ke pakcik ni. Tapi cakap cam melayu.

“KL…”

“Brapa u dapat kereta ni?” He drove a sedan car with El Cheapo name stated on it. And turned out that our car was CHEAPO than his! Hahaha! Ala pakcik ni, kena tipu ar…ko kaya bleh la...

Before we left the lake, the two mat saleh that earlier convoyed with us, just reached there. We smiled and drove away. The signboard showed Piopiotahi, a.k.a Milford Sound was another 56km away. To kill the boredom, in the car, we repeatedly said Piopiotahi, and laughed on it.

Untilllllllllll…

We started to see SNOW, ALL OVER THE PLACES!
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA… SUME NI SALJI KEEEEEEEEE… YA ALLAH BESTNYERRRRRRRRRRRR…” I tell you, we were SUPER JAKUN LIKE HELL!

“Drive! Drive! You can’t stop along the Milford road! You are not permitted to do so!”

“But…but…there’s a space to stop la ayang!”

“NO YOU CAN’T!” A husband was trying to calm down his lunatic wife.

The road was zig-zag with the speed limit at 50-65kmph. Sometimes, at 30kmph. I still can’t let go the snow by the road side. Thank god it wasn’t ON the road itself. Looking at the right hand side, the mountains were partially covered with snow. Even terrifying, when we saw some parts were starting to fall down…THAT’S ONE SMALL AVALANCHE! Tu pun dah SCARY OK!

Hubby quickly asked me to keep driving and stopped looking at the mountain. BUT I CAN’T! I JUST LOVE SNOW! Sebab tu la bini ko ni sanggup masuk Snow House kat Genting bai! Kat "Amareka" dengan "Kolea" dulu takde salji!
“TU ADA ORANG BENTI!” Yup, right before we reached the tunnel, there was a pit stop, specifically for tourist to experience the panaroma. We quickly hopped out and…
…saw…

…two green birds larger than my palm, came towards us…

…and one flew onto the left side mirror!
“HOI! DIA NAK BUAT APA TU? DIA NAK MASUK KE???” I quickly got in the car and tutup tingkap! The bird was aiming for the bbq chips! Kesian dia…lapar gile!

Hubby told me that we can’t feed them, for Kea, are endangered species. Kang tak pasal-pasal mati makan chips. TAPIIIIIIIII…lagi cepat mati if dia dok GIGIT GETAH TINGKAP KETA AKUUUUUUU!!!

We didn’t dare to “shooh” it away. Ko gigit la apa ko nak, comel...tapi jangan la gigit laki aku! Kahkahkah! (It tried to bite his jeans! Drama tul!)
“Now, let’s play with snow!” Aku rasa berjuta gambar kot kat sini je. Siap full memory card dengan video main salji. Hahaha! BEST GILE OK! And who knows, the car that stopped before us, were M’sian Chinese! Siap salam, patu buat lawak nak buat ais kacang la, ape la. Hahaha! “Kat M’sia tak jumpa hor…sini ada jumpa hor…”

Homer Tunnel
We went back to the car and drove towards the Homer Tunnel. The excitement level at this moment was already at the maximum human parameter. Everything was white and bright. Hubby started to record a video, right after we entered the tunnel.
UNTIL…I SHOUTED…
“OMG! I CAN’T SEE! I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING!” I was freaking out coz I REALLY CAN’T SEE A THING! IT WAS FREAKING DARK! AND THE CAR WAS MOVING!

“WHERE’S MY GLASSES? WHERE’S MY GLASSES?” I was shouted like a blind asshole, asking for glasses, thought that I can see better when I wear it. AND I DIDN’T NOTICE THAT I WAS ON MY ESPIRIT SHADE!

BODO! KO PAKAI CERMIN MATA ITAM BIQQUE!

I took off the shade and put on my glasses…and STILL freaked out! “I STILL CAN’T SEE A THING!”

“YA ALLAHHHHH…YOU NI BIAR BETULLLLL!” Laki aku dah cuak.

But then my eyes slowly adapt with the suasana…rupanya dek kerana salji yang putih tu, anak mata aku jadi kecik! So nak adjust kasi besar dalam tunnel yang gelap tu, agak lembap la…dah la aku ni rabun jauh…adoyaiiii…DRAMA QUEEN!
Masa ni, video tah ke mana, gambar tah ke mana. Tapi ada bukti dalam video tu yang aku freaked out bagai nak rak! Bikin malu saja! Tengah syok dok berkata-kata, tetiba jerit! Hahaha! (Nanti bebila aku upload...)

Milford Sound
We finally reached the terminal and parked our car at the nearest lot. While waiting for the cruise, we walked around and took photos from the other side of the dock. We met again, the uncle with El Cheapo car just now and he told us that he won’t go for the cruise since there is nothing to see. HUH??? KO DAH DRIVE SEJAUH NI, KO TANAK NAIK CRUISE? KO GILE KE HAPE PAKCIK? KO TENGOK LA SANA TU! CANTIK TU! HAHAHA! "Ayang, sukati dia la...dia yang rugi...jom..." sambil berlalu pergi.
Since we bought an Encounter Nature from Southern Discoveries for 11.00am cruise, we had so much time to linger around and read the history of this place. Meanwhile, we once heard a guy was asking for a ticket at the counter, and the price was NZD75 for a walk-in visitor. Gile kambeng mahal kan? (The original price was NZD65 and we got each other as a birthday gift for NZD15 from Bookme. Hehe…)
Right before we departed, we again overheard that another guy wanted his money back, complaining that the cruise didn’t provide translation in Spanish and no lunch was served. Hey moron, it’s already stated that they will only converse in English and there is no lunch provided. Kopi dengan teh ada la. Tu saje la tu nak try best kot-kot dapat balik duit dia…hahaha! We also met the same Argentinians that we met at Te Anau siap kenyit-kenyit mata lagi. Ye la, banyak kali gak la pegi mana-mana negara, dalam sehari dua mesti jumpa balik orang yang sama...

The reason why we chose this cruise was due to the size of the boat. The smaller the boat, the closer it will go the mountain wall. (I will tell you guys, the best part of this cruise nanti k?) Ha, Bdk2, yang merah ni kira kecik, yang biru tu kira beso.
The moment the boat started to head off, we were served with one beautiful medium-size waterfall. The thrill continued once the boat went further deeper, steered in between the mountains. More and more waterfalls were seen from both sides of the mountains! And they were super cantik aku tatau apa lagi nak cakap lah! Rasa cam nak tamper-tampar je muka sebab tak caya! (Gambar banyak sampai tatau nak pilih yang mana, layan je la yg ada ni k.)
Throughout the cruising, we could hear the guide enlightened series of complete fact and history. A mountain was named after the founder, who thought that he could find gold there, but he failed to find any. Sian. Terus tanak balik.

“Mana satu la tour guide dia ni…” I wondered. Until I saw one blonde guy, in black t-shirt holding a walkie-talkie.

“Hmmm...bleh tahan hensem!” (Dalam hati, kena amik gambar ni, tunjuk kat Fatt!)
(Ha, amacam? Rambut agak wavy tu, tapi dia ikat. Ada satu lagi gambar curi, tapi cam agak gegar sebab takut, tetiba dia toleh...kahkahkah! Nanti ko kasi rating dengan abang jerman k?)

“Tengok bot tu, gile dekat! Jaga…boat ni kang pun nak gi dekat waterfall tu. Confirm basah ni!” Hubby warned me.
Indeed, the captain PURPOSEDLY steered the boat as close as he can, to let everyone on the boat experienced the drizzle! Punya la sejuk! The tour guide even challenge whoever bold enough to get wet and a guy in green jacket offered himself. AND HE DID HAKA MOVE AS WELL! HAHAHA! Sporting gile!
Since there were TOO many waterfalls there, we did experience more sprinkles after that. And hubby grabbed his chance from the upper deck, and I need to sacrify my S5 to snap pictures and record videos, instead of his 550D. (Rindu dia kat 50D dia...lakhanat punya penyamun!) Nasib baik la baju dia waterproof.
An hour has passed, we have reached the sea. This was where the boat turned back to complete one big round. Approaching the other side of the view, there were…

“Penguins!” Everyone awed.

“Mana??? Mana???” Si rabun ni kembali freaked out.

I used my camera to zoom in and finally saw A PENGUIN! Since it was too small to capture, I had to record it on video! Comel gile terkatik-katik lompat! Puas hati aku dapat tengok real life penguin selain zoo!
“Seal mana? You know what? If I screamed fur seal now, I bet everyone will turn their head to me. Hahaha!” Konon nak tipu la. Sekali memang takde pun.

An hour and half has passed. SAPE KATA TAKDE SEAL??? Everyone was screaming when they saw more than 10 fur seals lepak on the boulder, including foreigners who I pretty believed, have seen it before, in their own country. Comel tahap gaban sampai aku rasa macam nak tepuk-tepuk je badan dia sampai pecah!Rasa macam nak kunyah macam chewing gum pun ada. Rasa cam nak hempuk-hempuk kepala kat batu tu pun ada.The rest of the journey back to the dock was normal and less extraordinary. We saw more visitors waiting for the big boats, assuming Chawana was among them. True enough, we saw their car, parked right behind ours. Hahaha! As usual, happy to see them (though it was only their car), we left a love note on the windscreen!
The Chasm - Kea Viewpoint - Lake Gunn - Knobs Flat - Te Anau - Lake Manapouri

We then drove back passed by the Milford road and stopped at few places that we missed out earlier, like The Chasm, Robert Alister memorial stone who killed in avalanche in 1983, Kea viewpoint, Lake Gunn, Knobs Flat, back to Te Anau, to see the Lake Manapouri.
The Key - Mossburn - Five Rivers - Athol - Gavston - Kingston - Queenstown
The flashback of the dark scene at The Key and Mossburn came into the picture, before we passed the Five Rivers, Athol, Gavston, Kingston, where we finally reached Queenstown. Again, we had to settle with powered site since cabin era was no longer valid in this area. And to choose a studio will cost us a bomb! Plus, the Queenstown Lake View Holiday Park has very strict policy, where the kitchen and the tv lounge are closed by 11.00pm.So, no sneaked in tonight. Ko tido la dalam keta sampai kejung!

20 holler:

Liz Rohaizat said...

sumpah lawa! Mirror Lake tu, aduh.. selalu nampak kat desktop wallpaper je.

ni yg buat aku geram nie.

fatt said...

lol! gila eksited aku tgk gmbr dulu...skroll gmbr jejaka itula..haha...beb, sorry to say, mr. german aku lagi hensem dari ni...arghh..ok aku nak taip entry psl dia jap..*tetiba*

aku baru nak baca cerita ko. hahaha :P

fatt said...

beb, klu ko drive dari picton ke kaikoura bleh tgk fur seal byk gile bersidai tepi laut. saiz sume besar2 mcm sekor kambing. tp bau hanyir skitla sbb dorg kan makan ikan..untung2 leh nampak penguin sekali. aku pun tak dpt gi milford aritu sbb ada avalanchio tu...hahaha..so burn la tiket aku, masa tu aku grab kupon kat grabone. nasib baik murah so tak sedih sgt.

aku rasa nak dtg balik autumn ni...as besday treat. tp ntahla, return tix pun tak beli lagi...harga mencanak2 la..nak beli pun kena pikir 2-3 kali. sbb return tix dia je bleh aku pegi balik beijing...pffttt!!

bdk2 @ John said...

perghhh....mmg smart laaa milford sound. we all aritu kalo blh nk singgah sume tmpt along the journey. tp tula...kes terbabas nk smpai ke Qtown tu yg bwt aku hangin skit. kalo x....mmg best.

anyway, cantik winter coat ko! hahaha...dh mcm artis dh aku tgk. ;)

ade pic kapal kecik tu x?

AKO @ retna said...

me excited tengok gambar u kat salji.. bila baca dah mcm dapat rasa plak suasana kat sana.. hhahaa..

yg cruise tu berapa lama naik?

eh, nnt citer pasal kereta yg u sewa tu k.. nak tau berapa .. station minyak senang dapat tak? seriau lak ako tgk kiri kanan jalan bukit bukau je tuh hehe kang klu abesh minyak jenuh lak nk mencari (imaginasi ako je ni :)

Biqque said...

liz, cun gile sbb tak terusik kan...

fatt, hahahaha! ha bukan taste ko la gitu. takpe, nanti aku cari lagi mamat lain plak len kali (wah usaha tangga jaya) HA TAIP! TAIPPPPPP!

belah2 atas mmg bersidai tepi laut ke? menarik tuh! tu ar, sayang gile burn tiket, tapi betul la, seb beik murah kan...if nzd65, mmg aku bakar salji tu!

kitorang pun nz ni as bday treat. tiap2 tahun mesti nak kuar. ada yang utk anniversary jugak. aku tak mintak hadiah lain, nak kuar je hahaha! yg siut nyer, aku banjer dia, dia banjer aku, rupa macam banjer diri sendri je jawabnyerrrrrrr!!! pffttt!

bila nak gi beijing?

bdk2, tu la kes terbabas ko tu, sian. kalo aku pun hangin kot kalo ada hal. kitorang benti banyak tempat tu yg lambat sampai tu...cam tak leh nak lepaskan!

artis? hahahaha! aku suka merepek2 melawa2 skit walaupun tak lawa hakikatnyer...aku suka gile siut baju tu! sbb dia bleh zip atas bawah sukati nak bukak yg mana. patu ada pinggang :D penah gak kat erl masa nak gi korea, minah tu ckp tutup2 "mcm artis..." sbb aku pakai extension (wig) kahkahkah!!!

special utk ko, aku dah upload gambar boat kecik n besar...ko refresh blk post ni.

ako, cruise tu dua jam suku. berbaloi! ha nanti i cite pasal keta...mostly kitorang refuel everyday nzd30. sampai la ke tempat yg dituju. cuma skali je yg isi nzd60 sbb jauh. which is kat milford ni la. mmg takde tak petrol pump! kena pepandai...

M-Knight said...

the waterfall is very beautiful....

bdk2 @ John said...

owhh...boat yg sama aku naik. mmg tak besar dan tak kecik. just nice. bab yg mandi air terjun tu mmg syiokkk wooo...sejuk nk mampos! hahah. ade mat salleh tu mmg sengaja nk basah. hahah

pastu bila dh open sea, ombak agak kuat. melayang aku sambil jatuh2 kat dalam kabin. lol... org putih siap amek gmbr aku lgik bila duk tergolek tu. hahah

Biqque said...

seriously beautiful mknight :) i can't get enuff of it!

Biqque said...

hahahaha ye ke johnnnnnnnnnn! sian ko! gile kuat sampai ko tergolek!

mamat kiwi tu sama tak? ke operator dia lain? :D

BlueEwoke said...

hahaha citer u dlm homer tunnel tu memang drama!! agak2 la dah pakai sunglasses, lagi mau bising gelap!! Cawan pun cam tu la bising2 gelap!!!! Main salji macam jakun tu memang sangat berbaloi untuk dibuat, tapi i tak buat, sebab esok harinya baru pegi stop kat salji tu.

Milford memang terbaek, dan kebetulan pulak time kite tu, cuaca best!! haih lagi tambah berbaloi2!

BlueEwoke said...

Piopiotahi - word paling kelakar sepanjang trip ke NZ nih!! balik2 duk gelak kan yang tu jek.. tahiiiiiiiiiii. Nasib milford tak macam taik!

Saman kena byar on the spot ke apa? Adeh 30 dollar. Tp betul la kata u, 30 dollar ke saluran yang betul, kire tak ralat la. Kalau malaysia, kenyang la kt perut diorg jek (sesetengahnya la kan, tak semua)

Biqque said...

na, ada gambar i kat signboard piopiotahi sambil tutup hidung, bleh??? hahahaha!

saman bleh bayar online guna cc. so i wire kan je bila balik mesia :D kena bayar dlm masa 28hari katanya...rela hati je bayar! kalo saman kat mesia, harus aku peram hahaha!

3plepl8 said...

saman? takpe...hadiah govt nz $30 sbb jln cun sgt. sepanjang 2000km, 2 ketul lubang yg tak brp nk lubang je ada atas jalan. Respek...

Cawan said...

ni si blue@na asal birthday dia nk tic travel, haaa, pening laa tiap2 tahun mncari.. kalo next trip yg dh plan tahun dpn ni tak cukup jugak tak tahu laaaa..

John jatuh dlm boat? ko tanya tragedi Trip Sabah kat Biq plak, sumpah dia taknak cerita.. :p

Cawan said...

tak lupa, kt Milford ni laa keta ko 'mcm' baru kena car wash kan? dgn side mirror flip, angkat wiper.. ha haa.. lawak2..

Biqque said...

boat kat sabah??? huh! membunuh!

hadiah bday sume main luar2 nyer ek...gile kejam...

haah dah tau dah keja korang hahaha! best kan!

AKO @ retna said...

alamakk lagi! lagi! ehhe

kemang~ said...

aduh... lame dah tertinggal ni..

jeles oke jeles !

bile la nak sampai nz ni..

Biqque said...

ako, tengah gigih ni!

kemang, akan sampai masamu...hahaha!

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