So we woke up bright and early on Day 2 of our honeymoon cause we had a bus to catch! The bus was at 7:15am about 15 mins away from our bnb!
The streets looked like the nightmare on elm street in the early morning.
It was drizzling, cold and foggy and I think….. I might have had a brief moment of wanting to strangle my husband for forgetting his license 😂
Here’s how the bnb looked like!
So it was a really cold and tiring walk to the bus station in town with us lugging our bags to dash to the bus station
What was supposed to be a 15 min walk (we timed the day before!) turned out to be a 20-25 min walk with the cold and the bags
Thankfully we managed to leave the bigger bags behind at the air bnb cause the owner was really nice!
The 3.5h bus ride was pretty comfortable (please look at my husband who was sleeping soundly) but we were soon really convinced that it’s better to self drive than to take the bus cause you will always be lulled to sleep and miss all the scenery on the way! Also the bus ride was pretty expensive at around $30/pax one way
The scenery on the way was so gorgeous. We were pretty thankful and also convinced that it was all God’s timing and plan for us not to have driven the first leg cause the road was really windy and we were both still fatigued from the wedding!
And then we finally reached Kaikoura! We were so thankful that the rain eased up and we could see the mountains!
But first, coffee was much needed after waking up at 5:30am
Please look at my cui tired face 😂
Loved that the sky was so blue
This is definitely a place I miss and want to come back to!
The beach was beautiful and the weather was so great in the morning
Took the opportunity to whip out the tripod and take some pictures since we reached pretty early and check in was only at 2!
Was feeling like I was on cloud nine
All along I thought that we would be back in Singapore by this time cause that was the back up plan hahaha. I didn’t want to take bus throughout a 17 day road trip journey so I thought it would be easier to head home
Thankfully my husband persevered and insisted to find an alternative way
Althoughhhhhh…. after we started trekking towards our air bnb which was supposedly a 5 min drive away from the main town center…… it ended up being a 30 min trek and we had to hike up a steep trek called Dempsey trek. (Pictured above)
The views were gorgeous but we were hugging and puffing up with our overnight bags and sweating!!! ( I couldn’t believe I was sweating in the cold weather!)
Cue: glares at the husband hahahaha
After a longgggg walk we made it to the air bnb!!!
Our host was so shocked that we had walked from town and she asked us why we didn’t call her first hahahaha
Singaporeans, always very rule abiding 😂
In fact she said we could have called her even earlier to let us check in earlier! 😂😂😂 we sat at the beach for 1.5h amidst a swarm of midges while waiting for time to pass 😅
This was where we were staying! We had the whole downstairs to ourselves!
And there was also a hot tub!
After resting for a bit we headed out to get lunch at the Kaikoura seafood bbq koisk!
Our air bnb host told us to go via a shortcut through a meadow!
We were super excited to do so! But in true Timothy style, we holland-ed😩
We trekked through waist high weeds down a steep meadow only to come to a barbed fence. It was then we realized we went the wrong way!! Hiked all the way back up then realized steps to cross into a farmland was right next to where we got lost 😞
It was so exciting to hike across farmland though! Had fun “talking” to the sheep (which in reality was me disturbing them) and watching out for bombs on the ground!
It was a steep descend but definitely a shortcut!
The fog had started to roll in when we were on our way to the air bnb but it was still foggy when we went out for lunch! Added to the mystery of it all, hiking down a meadow with no one in sight but sheep
This was what the farmers placed to let travelers know where the exit the farm land!
Felt so welcomed to trespass hahaha
Hehe it was not actually scary but it was really fun!
Came across a large bush of Lupins after and just had to take a photo 😊
Had the best lunch ever at the seafood shack! Had seafood chowder…
Lobster!!!!!! So so so good
And a thick slab of grilled salmon!
My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Headed to the boardwalk after our lunch and it was a lovely walk
And we saw tons of cute seals who were really lazy and rolling around haha
Doesn’t this NZ fur seal look so comfortable and sleepy?
Hiked around the marshland after that and it was so slippery with the moss everywhere.
The scenery was beautiful though
Looked like a scene out of Nat Geo!
It was a really wonderful day in Kaikoura and I honestly think it is a must visit for anyone going to NZ!
Headed to the pier hotel for dinner upon the recommendation of our Airbnb host and we really enjoyed ourselves and had a wonderful time!
Tried the local beer (which I have since forgotten what it is called) and it was 👍🏻👍🏻
The calamari was to die for!
And Timmy’s favorite was the beef shank!
It was so easy to tear off the bone and it just melted in our mouths~