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New Zealand is the Most Unexpected Journey in My Life

On 23 August 2012, I embarked on a solo trip to New Zealand. I still remembered the excitement when I first came to New Zealand with only a backpack, as the sense of freedom was incredibly amazing! This is definitely one of the most beautiful journeys in my life.

It was originally a trip of 6 months but it turned into 4 years, and it is still ongoing. The ultimate happiness of a trip is to enjoy everything that you really like at your own pace. Unexpected things might happen anytime and divert your original plan, but this is part of the fun isn’t it? I was offered a permanent job unexpectedly and live in New Zealand, so I can explore many unique places of New Zealand. In my opinion, New Zealand is definitely a place that everyone must visit in their lifetime!

I love this country more and more each day. 🙂 Although I am busy at work, I have spent a lot of time travelling in New Zealand. I love travel and fun, so, why wait to travel? I hope you will follow my journey from the photos and words below.

 

A few photos of me:

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

In New Zealand, my long hair turned into short hair, and now I have long hair again. I have also changed from a farm girl to a serious office lady. I have travelled to many parts of New Zealand. There is so much to see and do in New Zealand – hiking one of the Greatest Walk, riding a horse, picking mussels, hitchhiking, fishing, praying at lovely Church of Good Shepherd, riding a bike at magnificent Mt Cook, etc… and be surprised by the amazing scenery every single day!

Let me recommend some of my favourite places in New Zealand below.


 

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Lake Tekapo?

 

Mt Cook

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Why travel to Mt Cook?

  • Stunning and magnificent view. Just like a postcard!
  • Riding a bike here is relaxing. It will be one of the most pleasant rides in your life!
  • Hooker Valley Track and Tasman Valley Track are the best tracks in Mt Cook
  • Click here to read my blog about Mt Cook

 

Bay of Islands

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Why travel to Bay of Islands?

 

Oamaru

Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Oamaru?

 

Dunedin

Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Dunedin?

  • Visit the famous university – a dream place to study.
  • Visit the railway station – an excellent spot to take photos.
  • Walk on the steepest street in the world – Baldwin Street.
  • Click here to read my blog about Dunedin

 

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Tongariro National Park?

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the best walks in New Zealand.
  • If you have the chance, visit in both summer and winter – their views are totally different!
  • Plan for an extra day here because the availability of hiking is highly dependent on weather.
  • Click here to read my blog about Tongariro National Park

 

Rotorua

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Rotorua?

  • Rotorua is the place that I love the most in North Island of New Zealand.
  • A lot of geothermal areas – must visit one of them if you haven’t been there
  • Visit Redwood Forest and you will be amazed by the wonder of nature
  • Click here to read my blog about Rotorua

 

Taupo

Taupo, North Island, New Zealand Taupo, North Island, New Zealand Taupo, North Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Taupo?

 

Blenheim

Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Blenheim?

 

White Island

Why travel to White Island?

 

Fiordland National Park

Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Fiordland National Park?

  • The most popular fiords are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound
  • Doubtful Sound is more isolated and beautiful but is more expensive to visit
  • If you are interested in walking on the Milford Sound track, book it earlier! It is so popular and always fully booked
  • Click here to read my blog about Doubtful Sound

 

Queenstown

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Queenstown?

  • A very touristy and commercial town. Might be the only place in NZ in which the shops open till late night every day.
  • Popular place for skiing and adventurous activities
  • If you drive a car, consider visiting Wanaka, Arrowtown and Cromwell as well
  • Click to read my blog (Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Arrowtown)

 

Wellington

Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Why travel to Wellington?

  • Amazing capital in New Zealand!
  • Nice city – wandering around the city is enjoyable.
  • Some famous attractions are Te Papa Museum, Lambton Quay, Botanical Garden and Mt Victoria
  • Consider other activities such as horse riding, berries picking and visiting a farmhouse (need access by car)
  • Since I am living here, I have written many blog posts about Wellington – Click here to read them.

 

Other destinations in New Zealand: Auckland, Abel Tasman, Arrowtown, Christchurch, Cromwell, Nelson, Wanaka

 

My Days in New Zealand… ❤️

These few years in New Zealand have changed me a lot. There is so much memory that couldn’t be expressed in words. I have done many things that I had never imagined in my home country, such as:

  • I climbed on the snow mountain and volcano and walked in the forest,
  • I experienced starving, earthquake and leaving of friends,
  • I was a happy-go-lucky farm girl and then became a serious office lady in just one week,
  • I saw amazing sceneries that I will never forget in my lifetime,
  • I met important friends who will stay in my heart forever,
  • I created my blog here – Opposite Journey.

I cannot imagine if I have to leave New Zealand one day… Anyway, I will continue my journey. 🙂

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply vync January 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Chui Yeng, Is nice to meet you. I’m stayed in New zealand for 7 months and is was my most happy time in my life ever..Im currently back to malaysia. But I miss New Zealand so much. Im wondering how your story change from farm girl to office girl and able to stay for 3 years and on going. I really wish to go back New zealand one day. I love to see how happy you are and all amazing photo.

    Hope to heard from you soon.. Cheers girl.

  • Reply Tsu Zian January 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    It’s such a surprise when I see u in a blog and u are the blog owner . U did huge change and is definitely a great one . Glad to know are enjoying your wonderful life now .

    From : your TBF classmate Tsu Zian (if that rings a bell )

    • Reply CY January 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Tsu Zian 🙂 of course I remember you and sometimes i think about our time in college.. Haven’t seen you for really long time and hope you enjoy your life too!!

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