The long awaited ski trip has arrived!!! Only 4 of us went. Me, mosquito, Nicole and LP. We rented a car for our trip, it's a Nissan, but of what series i don't remember. This car.... sigh... it's a station wagon, but only 1.5cc.....every time going up to any steep mountain, or even some slope, this car totally power less, max I step on the accelerator only reach 50kmh. Was so afraid there will be police stopping me and saman me.....
|~Ohakune, the huge carrot behind was the landmark of that place!~|
In the middle of the dinner, me, Mossy and nicole were so full, that we decided to go have a walk around the lodge. When we headed outside, the sun was setting. The scene there, my god, was really nice. The sky color during sun set, really can't describe it.
After dinner, we rested a bit and was thinking what to play. We decided to play "chor dai di" (a.k.a. Big 2). Nicole doesn't know how to play, so we thought her. Who would have know that Nicole learned so fast that she won for a few times. During the game, we had some wine. It was a Yalumba rose, a mixture of white and red. The taste was not bad.
Me and Nicole woke up 9 am in the morning and prepare breakfast. Made a wonderful English big breakfast, with toast, sausage, scramble eggs,bacon along with coffee and tea.
|~Our big breakfast~|
Never came across us was that the walk towards Viaduct was more a jungle trekking, so we didn't dressed properly for it. Me and Mossy were still alright, we wore our usual Timberland. LP still not too bad, he wore his sport shoe. Nicole was the most unlucky, she wore the shoe that was for snow. So, the whole trip was so slippery for her, and she even fell down on our way back to the car.
When we started out to the Viaduct, the weather was pormising and was very nice. Who knows, half way from our way back to the car after visiting the Viaduct, IT RAINS!!!! Not only it rains, it also rained hails!
Little History of the Viaduct
The Viaduct was build to connect Auckland and Wellington in the past.
Before steam engines were invented,
people had to rely on animal power or their own power to travel to and fro Auckland and Wellington.
Revolution of the industries and science helped human to travel from Auckland much faster.
Year 1000 - took birds 12 hours to travel
Year 1600 - took Maori 2 weeks to travel on foot
Year 1850 - took the 1st Europeans 1 week to travel on horseback
Year 1870 - needed 3 days of travel by coastal ship
Year 1906 - 3 days were needed to travel by train and coach when the old coach road were open
Year 1908 - only 1 day was needed to travel by train
Now - takes 8 hours to travel by car
Now - takes 90 min to travel by plane
|~ On our way to visit the Viaduct~|
|~ "Nicow" crossing~|
|~Up close on cow~|
|~Signs showing us how far we are from the Viaduct~|
We did not get to visit the water fall, as I told them that we needed to reach home before sunset (because that day was the hungry ghost festival). After reaching home, it's LP's turn to cook us dinner, and we had Japanese hotpot - Sukiyaki.
Then after the dinner, Nicole suggest to start playing Big 2 again. This game was so interesting is that, LP only won 2-3 time throughout the whole game, and I kept winning!! Heh heh....
|~Japanese hotpot, Sukiyaki~|
Before we reach the chaining zone, the mountain road was nice and easy. After the chaining zone, my god, the road were so steep and narrow, and the visibility was only 2 meters ahead. I was so so so careful while driving up the mountain. No one in the car dared to talk also, cause at one point of the road, the car was literally at the side of the cliff, with no safety bar and only 1 meter of dirt of the road. But any how, we made it safely to the ski field!!!!!
We lingered around the ski field before purchasing our passes to the ski field. Mossy and LP signed up the beginners, and me and Nicole went purchase the normal passes.We had so much fun skiing. I stopped skiing quite early because the ski boots were killing me, and it actually bruised my leg. So I took the liberty to take photos of them at the near the ski lift, and get to throw snow on them! LOL.
While I was happily throwing snow on them, I kena snow myself, but not from them, was from the staff operating the ski lift near by. After every one finished skiing. we done something we planned on doing since we were kids, SNOW FIGHT!!! It was awesome, and guess what, all three of us victimized LP... Ha ha ha...
|~On our way to the ski field~|
|~Scene on our way to ski field~|
|~The road after the chaining zone~|
|~Covered in snow~|
|~Snow man made by Mossy~|
|~The cafe lodge at the ski field~|
|~The view of the mountain we skied~|
|~The Army Museum~|
|~Bear designed latte!~|