My AAX to Christchurch

Last year I travelled to New Zealand and had the grandest time of my life.

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I met so many friendly people, with whom I managed to hitch quite a few rides around the country and one whom I stayed with in Christchurch (Danny! Are you still in Christchurch?!)

A post here about my hitch hike experience down the Southern Island.

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I travelled from Auckland in the North Island, then went down to Wellington, passed the ocean and Marlborough, few stops in between and ended up in Christchurch eventually. I wrote a post on my journey and stops here.

Among all, my stay in Marlborough Wine Country was the most unforgettable. I’ve been to several wine valleys before, but that was my first experience cycling in one, the weather was perfect (cooling but not too cold) and it was silly not to cycle from winery to winery.

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cycling in marlborough

Tried my first cheese soufflé there.

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Good wine, good food, good people.

Then by the time I hit Christchurch, it just was endless and endless of scenery and culture and architecture.

Cable ride up to see Akaroa was really pleasant.

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Albeit very windy.

The Art Gallery, which we went silly taking photos at the colourful steps.

nicole posing on colorful steps

And then I ran out of time when I hit Christchurch. I didn’t go further South and regretted for never having the chance to venture into Milford Sound, or even Mt Cook, which I heard is BEAUTIFUL.

That also meant I never visited Queenstown either.


It wasn’t easy for me to fly there in the first place.

To save a couple bucks (well, more like a thousand ringgit), I flew down to Australia, did some legs there in Tassie before heading up to Sydney and flew off to Auckland.

Believe it or not, it was really much cheaper to fly into Australia and then to New Zealand back then. And I was a poor freshly graduated master student then.

If you were to fly straight, the flight ticket could cost up to RM4000.

Now, the good news is… Airasia X flies to New Zealand!!!

flying to christchurch

When I first heard the news, I was like... “FINALLY?!”

Then I went online to check out the new flights promo to Christchurch, which I also heard was only RM499 one way.

You can win a 7D/6N trip to NZ by playing the Faces go Places contest on the Airasia FB page. Three simple steps of choosing an activity, upload your face, and submit with a caption on the new photo while posting it on your FB wall.

Like this:
swimming with dolphins
I know, disturbing image.

Then we want you to share it with your friends and get loads of votes. Easy.

I can’t wait for New Zealand, and I can’t wait to rent a car to go back to Marlborough (car rentals are so cheap in NZ!).

Oh… and…


Wait for me Mt Cook!!!


3 kissed Nicole

  1. Are you the bloggers who gonna travel with the winners? :)

  2. no. i paid for my own trips unfortunately.

  3. NZ is awesome. Had the chance to be there for 9 months last year with Working Holiday Visa.

    Make sure u visit Lake Tekapo, and eat the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon. Not exactly cheap but it's awesome!!

    And also, if ur budget allows, go and skydive in NZ. It's about nzd600 with DVD and Photos, and it's well worth ur money!