Exploring Food in NZ

Our travel to New Zealand during the last quarter of 2016 allowed us to sample food regularly served on the Kiwi (New Zealander) table.

I have often been told by Kiwi friends that Fish and Chips is the standard favorite among Kiwis. And so as we took our late lunch shortly after our plane landed in Auckland, I was eager to order Fish and Chips. We had lunch at Szimpla Gastro Bar which was just beside Ibis Budget Hotel where we stayed in Auckland.

This is how my meal looked like ๐Ÿ™‚ Plenty of chips and fish slices in there. And if you’re wondering if it’s really a newspaper on which it was served on, you’re right ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s how they served it there.

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Our host for lunch was my former boss while I was still working in Cebu, Cherry. She now resides in Auckland with her whole family.

While we were in Hamilton, we had one Sunday lunch together with the rest of our travelling group from the Philippines upon invitation by a fellow Filipino now based there. We ate a Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant: Sultan’s Kitchen. My meal was a variation of the Fish and Chips. Note that the fish here is not fried unlike the usual Fish and Chips ๐Ÿ™‚

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The last stop of our trip before going back to the Philippines was in Christchurch. My cousin welcomed my husband and me there and hosted our stay. While we were there, Jaireh made sure that we tasted the country’s unique ice cream flavor (with a cool name, too!).

Here’s our Hokey Pokey ice cream for the night ๐Ÿ™‚
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Are you hungry yet? Hmmm. Wait. I think I’m ready for some scoop of ice cream. Excuse me. Getting my ice cream now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How We Got There:ย 
  • We flew round trip via Thai Airways from Manila to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Auckland.ย We booked online and got good fares. We also got to choose our seats round trip and also the food served to us during the flights when we did the booking.
  • We were picked up in Auckland by our Hamilton host and we traveled by land going to Hamilton. Private land travel from Auckland to Hamilton is about an hour and a half.
  • To go to Christchurch, we went back to Auckland and took a flight to Christchurch. We flew via Jet Star. Flight time is about one hour and 45 minutes. Hamilton is located in the North Island of New Zealand while Christchurch is in the South Island. It is advisable to book early to get good fares for domestic flights (the same with that of the international flights).

Travel Photo of the Month 3

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We were driving back to Christchurch from Hanmer Springs when I caught sight of herds of deer in the field. I immediately told my cousin to stop driving so we could check ย them out.ย Seeing these herds of deer out in the field was a special treat for my hubby and me during our recent trip ย to New Zealand. We both love nature and animals and while we have seen a deer before, it was always inside the zoo. Out in the fields, the deer appeared healthier and yes, freer ๐Ÿ™‚

New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me ๐Ÿ™‚ย I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post.
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Feeling cool and relaxed in Dahilayan, Bukidnon.
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon. By the way, prior to this trip, the last time I went to Boracay was already about a decade ago!
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Back in Boracay via Kalibo this time after more than a decade.
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.
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Feeling cold but happy in Hamilton, New Zealand.

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far ๐Ÿ™‚