Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Sean, Kylie, Charlene, Doreen, Sherwin & Me

It was my first time to Christchurch and we went on a road trip to Lake Tekapo which is about 3 hours drive away from Christchurch.

Me, Charlene, Doreen, Kylie & Sherwin

I am not sure what mountain is this but I find that the landing into Christchurch airport is one of the best I have seen so far. The landing into Christchurch airport is so beautiful and you get to enjoy the picturesque view of the mountains and lakes above the skies. Forget about the aisle seat when you travel to Christchurch, get the window seat man!

Church of the Good Shepherd

We were pretty lucky to witness a wedding ceremony at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

It is a very small church but it is a unique place to exchange your love for each other.

Visitors can enjoy a nice view of Lake Tekapo while the wedding is ongoing.

I am practicing chinese kungfu. HAHA.

Still trying my best to balance… Lol!

Me, Sherwin & Kylie

We are trying to make a heart-shape pose but failed.

Me, Sherwin & Kylie

It was SNOWING but it is just a little. Such a lovely surprise though.. 🙂

One of the activities that I find it interesting that you can do here is stargazing. According to reviews, the Mt John Observatory in Lake Tekapo is one of the world’s best places to star gaze.

Credits: http://blog.lensjournal.net/tag/dark-skies/

This is a photo I took from the net. Oh my goodness… It is so pretty! Another to-do list added – Stargazing at Lake Tekapo! I will be back… I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!!

Enjoy a Slower Pace of Life at New Zealand…

Waiheke Island, New Zealand 

Greetings from Auckland! 😉

I just came back from Waiheke Island and I am typing out this post now in Esquires Coffee House which is nearby to the hotel that I am staying at.

Had a lovely brunch to kickstart my day in New Zealand. Soft and fluffy toast and crispy on the outside. Yum yum..

Queens Wharf
Queens Wharf

I took the ferry from Queen’s Wharf and the return ferry ticket costs me NZD35.

Waiheke Island Wharf

Arrived at Waiheke Island after a 35 minutes ferry ride. I rented a bike from the bicycle shop near the wharf and it costs NZD30 for the one day bike rental. It was a painful decision cos it was so tiring to cycle uphill. An alternative is to buy the hop-on hop-off bus for NZD22 to explore the island.

Beach near Waiheke Island Wharf

Here are some flower shots that I took with my first try on manual focus.

I am quite contented with the photos. 🙂

My bicycle @ Oneroa Beach..
It is just me and the beach today..
Irene, meaning Peace

Enjoy a slower pace of life when you are here… Just pause and listen to the musical sounds of birds chirping, ocean waves and winds rattling the leaves… You will be amazed at the peace that comes with it.

Nostalgic mailboxes..

Waiheke Island is a lovely place for retirement and it would be nice to have a house by the beach, waking up to the sound of ocean waves. Sitting on a bench holding hands with your soulmate, enjoying the sea view and each other’s company… Sweet sweet love, isn’t it?

Horse Ranch
Cable Bay Vineyards

Waiheke Island is also known as the ‘Island of Wine‘ and famous for its great New Zealand’s wine.

And of cos…Got to buy a bottle of locally produced wine when I am in one of the world’s most exclusive wine growing regions.. 😉