駛進動人時光
The Slow Life Journey

 

除了飛天下海的極限玩意,新西蘭其實亦有慢活閒適的一面。在暖洋洋的聖誕月份,駕駛著房車,感受這地方最純淨的風光,啟動萬籟和諧共存的舒適感。
Apart from the extreme sports up in the sky and down undersea, there is a relaxing side to New Zealand. The warm month of Christmas is best enjoyed by exploring the country’s exquisite scenery on the road. It is an experience of calmness and serenity.

流動豪宅
Mobile luxurious homes

每年的12月至2月份是新西蘭的夏天,溫和的天氣最適合的就是露營。南北兩島各大城市都有不同的租車公司,只要提前預約,租車公司就會直接將車駛到機場附近的等候區恭候大駕,相當貼心。開著豪華版的房車在新西蘭的各處遊走,不同的風光,絕對是一次暢快難忘的體驗。豪華房車大部分約長七米、高三米、闊兩米,較一般的房車著重設備和空間感,視乎用家人數而提供多種類別選擇。房車可供2至7人入住,舒適的大睡床、寬敞的梳化、廁所、淋浴間、洗手台、瓦斯爐和基本的廚具用品都應有盡有,跟酒店或租住公寓無異。車內的設備全部都是摺疊式收藏好,光是試用每個角落的轉換鍵,就能發掘出不少設計的心思。

December to February mark the best months for camping in New Zealand thanks to the mild weather. There are many car rental companies in big cities on both the North and South Islands. If a reservation is made beforehand, the car will be driven to area close to the airport before the visitor’s arrival, making it easy for travellers.

For a trip to explore the nature, a deluxe RV (recreation vehicle) is the way to go. These RVs are akin to mobile luxurious homes, with usual dimensions of 7 m long, 3 m high and 2 m wide. They are spacious and equipped with a range of facilities. Depending on the number of passengers (2-7 people), they come in different settings: usually a comfortable double bed, cosy couch, toilet, shower room, basin, gas stoves and basic kitchen utensils.Staying in a RV like this does not feel too different from being in a hotel room or apartment. All facilities in the vehicle can be folded away and the care to details in the design can be seen in every corner.

房車一般不可以隨便停泊,但新西蘭政府規劃多個著名景點和區段都設有房車特定的停泊區,而且設有充電站、去污站、食水供應等等,只要根據車廂內的指示,將不同顏色的喉管接駁好,就可以輕易處理排污、重新充電、注入食水等生活所需,為下一趟旅程作準備。大城市的停泊區附近有超級市場或便利店,讓大家補給一些新鮮的食材,享受下廚或烤肉的樂趣。您亦可以到當地官方的旅遊網站,查詢南島或北島環島遊的路線,行程需時4至20日不等,而建議的路線清楚列明開車的距離、需用時間和公路編號,加上車上的定位儀器,無須擔心迷路。而且,當地人設計不少手機程式,為旅客提供房車停泊區的資訊,為自駕者安排路線時提供參考。

There are designated areas in New Zealand to park camping vans, with many of them located at popular tourism attractions. The sites are equipped with power lines, water supply and sewage disposal. Just following some basic instructions, campers can connect the pipelines to their RVs easily. With supermarkets or convenient stores near parking areas in big cities, you can restock food to cook in the kitchen or barbecue using the facilities stored in the vehicle.

The official travel website of New Zealand provides information for routes around the North and South Islands. They take approximately 4 to 20 days. It is best to download the map and check the distance, time needed and route numbers before departure. Together with GPS navigation on board,it is quite easy to travel around without getting lost. Besides that, many local mobile apps also offer information of RV parking spots. Drivers may take reference from those while planning the route.


在星空下入眠
Sleep Under the Starry Night

自駕遊的“ 彩蛋”,每每就是公路兩旁的美景,讓開車的您都不愁寂寞。新西蘭主要分為南島和北島,其中南島相當受旅客歡迎。很多人自駕游,都是由基督城出發到南島中部美絕的雪山庫克山,繼而到訪著名的蒂加波湖。蒂加波這個名字,來自毛利語的“ 睡蓆”和“ 夜晚”,合起來帶出了“ 在星空下入眠”的意思,也讓名字更加充滿詩意。這裡的風光與名字一樣,充滿著詩情畫意,日間欣賞土耳其藍的湖色和遍地魯冰花,晚上在這個全球最大的星空保護區,在光害極低的環境下欣賞整片璀璨的星空,留在舒適的房車上,欣賞南半球常年能看到的“ 南十字星”,或者拍攝獨一無二的星空和星軌,絕對會令人流連忘返。跟南島一水之隔的第三大島斯圖爾特島,天然環境下棲息著豐富的稀有物種,甚至有黃眼企鵝和小藍企鵝,有幸跟牠們相遇的話,絕對是非常珍貴的經歷。

One of the best things about road trips is that the exquisite scenery on the way. New Zealand mainly consists of the North and South Islands, with the southern one being more popular with tourists. Road trips on the South Island usually start in Christchurch, towards the snowy Mount Cook, then stop at the famous Lake Tekapo. The name Tekapo derives from the Maori words taka (sleeping mat) and po (night). When you combine the two, the name magically gives a much more romantic and poetic feel: “falling asleep under the starry night”. The poetic name is an apt description of the idyllic scenery.

During the day, the lake displays a turquoise colour, around which lush lupines cover the ground. The area has the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. The low light pollution make it an exceptional site for stargazing. Here you can easily find the Crux, also known as the Southern Cross, which is visible at anytime of the year on the Southern Hemisphere. That can be enjoyed in the comfort of the RV, or outside where an unique star trek picture can be taken. Just across the South Island is the third largest island of the country – Stewart. It is home to many rare species, such as yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins. The encounter with them is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience.

房車亦可到達世界遺產蒂瓦希波烏納穆內的蒂阿瑙參觀高度保育的螢火蟲洞,隨後到沿海岸往北,有旅客形容這段公路絕對是“ 天堂之路”,路旁海天一色的風景令人驚嘆不已。抵達繁華的皇后鎮後,可以走進郊區,走遍不同的葡萄園享用葡萄美酒,又或到瓦納卡,徒步上山欣賞360度的湖景,附近有8,000個足球場大小的農場,跟當地的主人翁綿羊和羊駝打招呼,好好交流一下。

至於北島,如果以奧克蘭為出發點,離開之前可以先登上伊甸山,欣賞死火山口的景緻。一路往南就可以抵達陶波湖,最適合在長途跋涉之後一邊垂釣,一邊享受陽光下的寧靜悠閒。路上還可以參觀《魔戒》和《哈比人》的電影拍攝景點,以及羅托魯瓦農莊,視乎您的喜好,就轉一下車上的方向盤,往心水的景點駛去。

As the RV continues to head south, one will reach the Te Anau Glowworm Caves in the world heritage site, Te W hipounamu. The route along the sea offers splendid views, some even call it the “paradise route”. Upon reaching Queenstown, one can visit the countryside and taste some wine at the vineyards, or hike up the hill in Wanaka for a panoramic view of the lake. There is a farm of the size of 8,000 football pitches nearby, where visitors can have close encounter with sheep and llamas.

For a trip on the North Island, before you leave Auckland, why not drive up to the peak of dormant volcano Mount Eden? On the way to Lake Taupo for a tranquil experience, you can also find other attractions such as filming locations of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as well as the farms in Rotorua.There are a vast range of activities to suit all interests.


征服大自然
Conquering Nature

享受大自然的美景固然吸引,但不少人都想一嘗征服大自然的感覺,新西蘭部分地區提供合法打獵的活動,您可以位於新西蘭不同的打獵區,挑戰眼界和身手,用獵槍狩獵新西蘭獨一無二的動物種類,如紅雄鹿、巨大的公麋鹿、佛羅鹿、靈活的岩羚羊、野豬、野生山羊及公羊等,還有跑速超快的梅花鹿、黑鹿和水鹿等,眼明手快缺一不可。您只要參與在政府領有牌照的狩獵公司報名,就可以嘗試2天至8天不等的體驗團,如果是2天團的話,白天先學會認識槍械的技巧,在陶波湖狩獵一圈,享受自由馳騁狩獵的樂趣,如果成功擊中動物,工作人員會在安全情況下,安排您跟“ 戰利品”合照,興奮地舉起勝利手勢,象徵征服野生動物的快感,而您無需繳納戰利品費用。期間會獲安排入住的度假屋環境舒適,設備齊全,如果8天行程的話,從用槍到實習,一邊訓練一邊進步,您將可以更加熟練去用槍面對獵物,直至第四日甚至可安排走入森林作實境狩獵活動,絕對是人生中不可多得的旅遊體驗。

It is surely a lovely experience to admire the beauty of nature, but some people may want to try to conquer it as well. There are areas in New Zealand where hunting is legal. You may test your shooting skills with a hunting rifle. Usual targets include red stags, elks, fawns, chamois, wild boars, wild goats and rams. There are also sika deer, which are known for their speed, and sambar deer. Fast reaction is the key.

Licenced hunting companies often offer taster trips of 2-8 days. For the two-day trips, participants will first learn about rifle handling skills, and then head to the hunting ground in Lake Taupo for practice. If you shot an animal, a photo will be arranged as far as it is safe. No fee is charged. During the trip, participants will stay at a comfortable resort. The eight-day trip allows participants to train while practising, so they will be more familiar with shooting with a rifle. There is even a hunting trip in the forest on the fourth day. Such a one-of-a-kind travel experience.


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