New Zealand – The South Island

Last Friday Amy and I took the only non-stop flight from Singapore to Christchurch, NZ. The plane left at 7:50 pm and arrived at 10:40 am in New Zealand. We left a grey, haze covered Singapore in hopes of a little blue sky and sunshine. Unfortunately, Christchurch was cold and raining when we landed. I managed to get a little sleep on the plane, but not too much.

Devastation from the recent earthquake

From Christchurch we drove east through mountains to reach the beautiful Banks Peninsula. I won’t bore you with all of our activities but they mostly entailed hiking the lush green hills surrounding the water (see pictures below) and a wildlife cruise to see a rare species of dolphin that only exists in these waters.

We ran into a few sheep at the top of this hill

  

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We also took part in a tour of a natural penguin habitat in a cove abutting the Pacific Ocean.

Nesting penguin
 
Enjoying the cool spring weather
Lots of sheep
I bungee Jumped off of this platform in Queenstown
Hike and wine tasting outside Queenstown

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