Friday, June 16, 2017

Our brief stay at Millbrook Resort

I have heard a lot about this place hence was very excited when we decided to have our friends reunion there.  Millbrook certainly lived up the hypes and exceeded my expectations.  The 500 acres of natural beauty and serenity of this place is intoxicating.  I can now see why it is so highly rated and well recommended especially for those who need a break from their busy schedules and even more so for those golf enthusiasts.  They have two award winning restaurants on site.  The Kobe Cuisine which I was very keen to try unfortunately was fully booked.  So we opted for the Millhouse Restaurant which did not fail to put a very big smile on my face.  It is a place that I will not hesitate to return.

On our way to our suite

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Our weekend hiding place

We're now officially park rangers!  LOL It is a huge park with endless picnic spots, playgrounds and challenging cycling trails.  We are there whenever the weather is promising and there's no other obligations.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bird eye view of Lake Tekapo

One weekend, we decided to see Tekapo from a new angle.  Lake Tekapo is so beautiful but seeing it so many times from the same angle is just getting rather ordinary.  We needed new view.  We needed excitement.

Mt. John Observatory.  90 mins drive, one way.

We first made a stop at Lake Pukaki for the view of Mt Cook.

We have learnt that there’s a cafĂ© sitting right on top at the observatory.  Perfect luncheon destination, don’t you think?  As we arrived, all outside tables were taken except this very one, literally positioned right by the edge of a corner which offers the perfect view.  Best seat in the house I would say.  It was vacant.  I was tempted but for the sake of my children’s safety, we turned and headed inside which still offered a good view through the floor-to-ceiling glass.  Later, I grabbed my drink and sit outside.  The view, and oh the view, to say I was in awe is an understatement!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Easter weekend in Christchurch

Another enjoyable family trip albeit short.  Our itinerary had included Air Force Museum, Cashmere Hill lookup, Gondola, New Brighton Pier and a great time catching up with relatives.  And after so many years, I finally managed to re-visit Strawberry Fare - a restaurant that I fancied in my campus years but couldn't afford to go often.  Their desserts still amazed me!