Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 21

No rest for the wicked, as they say…our last full day here in New Zealand and we wanted to make the most of it, but at the same time, so footsore and weary, we have been on the go for three weeks, and today were feeling it. We decided to do some fun stuff, still…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 20

Day 20 found us in Hamilton, which to be honest was not really on our list of places to go, just kind of where we ended up, and so happy we did. Our first stop was Hamilton Botanical Gardens, I had been told if I ever got the chance to visit, so we did. Now,…

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Tuesday’s Textures…

I found this rather unique and textural plant in several places while we were in New Zealand, apparently, it’s called a Teazel. During a visit to Howick Village, I came across this against a darkened doorway, brilliant sunlight and deep shadows behind…just perfectly framed and displaying the little spikes…just magnificent, how could I not take…

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Regular Random – Birds, Bees & Butterflies

If I add up how much time I spent with each creature, it’s possible it all adds up to five minutes, they are often so quick a minute or so is all you have. These were all taken on a morning stroll in Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand, such a marvellous place to visit – would…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 19

We spent the morning wandering around the Lakefront and then had a fantastic breakfast. After breakfast we went from Taupo, we drove back towards Napier and finally found Waipunga Falls, an amazing sight from the car park, but no way to safely get down. We missed this and another river on our way to Napier…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 18

We woke to gorgeous clear skies and a view from our room, still freezing and there was a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks. Quickly got up and got dressed to go capture the stunning views and that touch of dusty white snow on the top of Mount Taranaki – it really was so…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 17

In the early morning light, while it was still cool and dewy we visited the Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden, armed with our macro lenses and light rings, we took off for some still life goodness, I had not shot any real flowers in days 🙂 We left Palmerston North and drove through various farmland, mostly…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 16

We woke to rain and cold and of course a blinding gale, we eventually decided to drive to Cape Palliser, we almost didn’t – THAT would have been a huge mistake! It continuously rained and such low cloud, we could barely see, at one point the temp dropped below 9°C (remember it’s Summer) we were…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 15

Woke to grey skies, but no rain so we headed off to Zealandia EcoSanctuary , I know it is vitally important the work they do protecting native lizards and birds here, however, we actually found it a little boring. SORRY. The rare birds, while we spotted a few (Tui and Takahe) in the distance or hidden,…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 14

Woke this morning to grey skies and drizzle, a good day to stay inside, but you do what you have to do while on holiday. Thankfully a very helpful lady at iSite (Tourism Office) managed to find us two tickets to the Weta Basic Studio tour, which we were very happy to have. We drove…

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