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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 17 November 2014

Day 7: Motueka, New Zealand

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win..."

(The lighthouse at Cape Foulwind)

Day 7: Thursday, 13 November 2014
Route: Westport – pohara Beach – Farewell Spit - Motueka

Today I am a year older. Alhamdulillah...

It's my 59th birthday and I am going to spend the day traveling to the northern most point of South Island New Zealand.

(Taking the shorter way to the Seal Colony)
(Still a long way to the destination)
(A nice view of the coastlines)
(A 15-minute leisurely walk)
(A seal in the water)
(Seal enthusiasts, taking pictures from afar)
(Rock formations along the track)
(Taking a rest, and a photo opportunity)

We left the campsite at 09:00 and drove towards Cape Foulwind to visit the Seal Colony and Cape Foulwind light house. After a few photo shots we drove on and stopped at Buller Gorge Swing Bridge, the longest suspended bridge in New Zealand.

(The lighthouse perched on top of the hill)
(Beautiful colours to brighten the landscape)
(Driving through Salem High Country)
(Slow moving rivers and ox-bow lakes)

In Motueka we had a late lunch at McD. We decided to drive further to Farewell Spit, the northern most point of mainland South Island. We drove carefully and slowly as the road is narrow, winding and steep made dangerous with strong crosswinds. We made a stop at Hawkes Lookout Track in Kahurangi National Park to have a good view of the valley from the top of the mountain. On the way we went to Pohara Beach to check out the campsite but decided to book a site by phone in Motueka instead.

(Another long walk in the wood)
(A Maori heritage site)
(A good view of the valley and fault)
(A photo with a panoramic view)

The road to Farewell Spit was winding and steep too. On the way we stopped at a few lookout points for the scenic view from Takaka Hill. We reached the Farewell Spit around 19:00 but it was still bright and spent a while for photo shoots. Farewell Spit is New Zealand’s longest sand spit and a nature reserve for bird sanctuary and wetland with diverse rare vegetation. We took the same route back to Motueka as it is the one and only access road to Takaka, Callingwood and the Spit.

(Off-roading for a distance)
(The Farewell Spit, end point)
(Spending my 59th birthday at the northernmost point)
(Leaving Farewell Spit)

We reached Motueka around 21:00 and stopped to buy bread and fruit juice. We had sambal sardine and rice for dinner.

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