My life in NZ in a nutshell – Part 3 (b): Hello, Te Anau!

I managed to get myself the $1 bus ticket to travel from Queenstown to Te Anau!  🙂

En route to Te Anau, it was this scenic!

En route to Te Anau, it was this scenic!

I saw the Maori name of Milford Sound, I related it to Hokkien (piopio) and Malay (tahi), and I laughed at my own thought! :p

I saw the Maori name of Milford Sound, I related it to Hokkien (piopio) and Malay (tahi), and I laughed at my own thought! :p

Lupins are indeed beautiful flowers!

Lupins are indeed beautiful flowers!

During my childhood, I used to like a Taiwanese song entitled “鲁冰花”. I just knew recently that lupin’s Chinese translation is actually鲁冰!

Major events that took place at Te Anau:-

1) Explored the town! 

Lake Te Anau

Our false bravado: posing in Lake Te Anau

Us: Can we swim in the lake?

Receptionist at our backpackers: Oh, you sure can! But not many people will do that now because the temperature of the water is only around 11° Celsius!

Te Anau

Then, we took turns to pose with the swing. The best poser was….


… her!


CC was looking funny in the background :p

2) Getting worried prepared for Milford Track 


A visit to the visitor centre made us realized we were under-prepared for our Milford walk… 😦


We were especially under-prepared for the potential flood…


Our hike was from 10-13 December. Rain was expected!


Our photoshop plan…. did not materialized :p

To better equipped myself, I bought the yellow liner from the visitor centre, cooking utensils such as spork (a new vocab for me: spoon+fork)  and mess tin, additional quick dry apparels and electrolyte powder from nearby outdoor gears shop.

At night, packing provided a even grimmer outlook for the walk :~(  How to survive the walk carrying 15kg worth of backpack? I need a porter.... *sob*

At night, packing provided an even grimmer outlook for the walk :~(
How to survive the walk carrying 15kg worth of backpack? I need a porter…. *sob*

3) Hiked to Dock Bay 


I actually invited the gang to hike to Brod Bay to have some glimpses of Kepler’s Track. But after getting to know our bleak outlook for our Milford track, we reckon we should conserve energy and get all prepared for it

te anau dock bay and brock bay

Tracing our footsteps again: A= our backpackers.


Me: Why was everyone in this pose???
Them: that’s the walking sign!


En route, we passed by a Wildlife Park. Before I read this information, I thought all blue birds = pukeko! After reading I still couldn’t differentiate. LW provided conclusion: pukeko is with defined neck; takahe is without!
Oh!….. That’s illuminating! 🙂


And then, there’s a water gate


At Dock Bay finally! My favorite group photo with the gang! This time, I remember to edit the photo before publishing, JM! 😉 :p


This is a solution to LW’s concern of injuring herself if she did jumping shots with us 🙂

4) Being introduced to the omni-present Te namunamu!

… i.e. sandflies!

“Although sandflies are present throughout New Zealand, Fiordland has the unfortunate distinction of being renowned for them”

The unbearable thing about them is their bites leave mega itchy bumps (10000 times more itchy than mosquito bites!!!!) and the bumps wouldn’t fade until 3-6 months later!

I thought sandflies at Te Anau were horrifying and irritating enough, I obviously did not know what awaited us along Milford Track! *facepalm*

Part 1: Rotorua| Part 2a: Goodbye Rotorua! | Part 2b: Hello again, Auckland! | Part 3: Hello, South Island! (a) Queenstown (c) Milford Sound | Part 4: zucchini picking | Part 5: last bit of travelling (a) inmate days (b) (c) (d)| Concluding remarks



2 Responses to “My life in NZ in a nutshell – Part 3 (b): Hello, Te Anau!”

  1. 1 LW July 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    LOL! The edit on jump-shot photo was superbly funny!

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