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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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 13

We woke up early grabbed a coffee and headed out, really not much to do in this part of the world, headed over to Palmerston North to see The Old Brickworks, pretty uninspiring after the Cement Works the other week. Stopped at Opiki Toll Bridge (or what is left of it). So we continued onto…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 12

After spending the night in the worst hotel, so hot and stuffy and noisy, no hot water to speak of so we gave up and left this little hell hole and quickly drove to Mata Mata and the Hobbiton Movie Set. We did this last time and we still loved it, although we did not…

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Tuesday’s Textures

I spent most of last week feeling miserable and trying to sit and concentrate on anything was difficult, so I took this image (Lake Taupo, NZ) and just played with it, I adored the Monotone image, the calmness of the water and I simply made it a little more painterly. ~ Julz, xo

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 11

Due to complete exhaustion from the previous day or so we had a bit of a sleep in (I think I slept something like 11 hours!) and left Rotorua for Taupo. We briefly stopped at Huka Falls, honestly not very pretty there was a LOT of water going over, but brown and muddy and did…

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