Thursday, January 30, 2014

queenstown, new zealand:

Queenstown is probably one of New Zealand's most famous destinations, and the gateway to adventure all things outdoors. I have visited a few times, but it was my first time over the New Year period, and it was crazy busy! It was nice for the buzz, however Andrew and I soon got over the crowds and had to get away. We headed to one of our favourite spots, Glenorchy, stopping off along the way to do some walks and enjoy stunning Lake Wakatipu. The drive is one of my all time favourites, as it hugs the lake and opens up to some incredible views of the mountains.
That's one of the great things about New Zealand, if it ever does feel slightly busy or crowded, you don't have head far before enjoying the feeling of  having the whole place to yourself.

next: Aspiring National Park and the West Coast.

Monday, January 27, 2014

wanaka, new zealand:

Wanaka is one of my favourite Central Otago towns and lake areas. A smaller but buzzy alpine town, Wanaka is perched on one of the most spectacular of lakes and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. About a 45 minute drive from Queenstown, I recommend driving through the Crown Pass if weather permits, as it is a truly spectacular drive.
We were in Wanaka for a few days, using it as a base to explore other areas like the Aspiring National Park, Hast Pass, the West Coast and Queenstown. Below are a few snaps of gorgeous Lake Wanaka and it's surrounds.

next: Queenstown.

lake wanaka

picking raspberries


driving through the crown pass

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

the farm, new zealand:

Whilst in Dunedin we are so very lucky to stay with Andrew's family on their beautiful property, which happens to be just a short drive from the city and by the sea. It is so relaxing, and such a special place to chill at the end of a busy year. We were both particularly excited to be returning to our cabin too, which we had  rejuvenated last year. It was nice to enjoy the space for an extended amount of time,  as we pretty much only finished it right before flying home last summer. It hasn't changed much, if at all, however I still had to photograph it as I just love the space! 
The farm makes for a great place to explore, with its many secret spots and little corners of beauty. And the sunsets. It's such a novelty watching the sun set at 10pm!

next: the central Otago towns of Queenstown and Wanaka.

picking field mushrooms

our cabin

beautiful sunset

oh and the stars!

remember the kittens from last year? this one of them all grown up.

enjoying the view

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