Benmore Lake Lookout Loop.Since the earthquake altered our plans to explore some new territory on the South Island’s east coast, we decided to backtrack and revisit some places we already knew and loved: Glenorchy, Wanaka, and Lake Tekapo. I already covered our second stays in Glenorchy and Wanaka in previous posts, so I’ll pick upContinue reading “New Zealand | Benmore Lake”
After a run and brunch in Te Anau, we set off for the Fortrose Cliffs, a beautiful freedom camping spot on the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We arrived in the late afternoon, set up camp and walked around to enjoy the breathtaking views.
Unlike our 2015 trip to New Zealand, this time around we did not get snowed out of passage to Milford Sound. (HT: When planning a campervan trip, it’s best to go not in winter.) We enjoyed the beautiful drive from Glenorchy to Milford Sound via Te Anau, and arrived to Milford Sound Lodge by mid-afternoon.
In November, Kail and I took a monthlong R&R to Singapore, New Zealand and Australia (not to be confused with our three-week R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 2015). I plan to make annual excursions to New Zealand. Kail disagrees — something about it being “too expensive” and “bank-account-draining.” Pffft.We’ll just have to move there. BecauseContinue reading “Singapore, New Zealand & Australia: By the Numbers”
Our final day in Singapore, the last of our R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, we took the subway to the Marina Bay Sands resort — not so we could gamble or shop at luxury stores, but so we could make the short walk over to Gardens by the Bay.
In Singapore, the second place we hopped off our bus tour was the Singapore Flyer, “Asia’s largest giant observation wheel” at 165 meters tall. I confess it was my first observation wheel experience. I’ve ridden my share of ferris wheels but this was much larger and slower and the cars were glass-enclosed and air-conditioned.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens was the first stop we hopped off our Singapore tour (not counting Suntec City Mall). It is also the latest among UNESCO World Heritage Sites we’ve visited. OK, it actually wasn’t named a World Heritage Site — Singapore’s first — until after we visited. But I’m counting it.
Knife-cut noodles at Formosa Delights.As I looked through the hundreds of photos I took during our R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, I was disappointed by how few food pictures took — specifically the amazingly delicious food we had in Singapore. So you’ll have to bear with me and my couple Instagram/iPhone photos and let my writing describeContinue reading “Singapore | Food & Shopping”
After five days in Sydney and 11 days in New Zealand, Kail and I arrived to Singapore for the final leg of our epic three-week R&R. It was a short stay — just three days — but it was enough to hit the highlights and make us want to return for another visit.
Re:START container mall.After our night in Te Anau, it was time to start the journey to Christchurch on the other side of the South Island. The drive from Te Anau to Christchurch is a bit long to make in one day, so we picked out a beachside freedom camping spot in Oamaru on the South Island’s east coast.Unfortunately, we wereContinue reading “New Zealand | Christchurch”