New Zealand: A Country with Bags of Natural Beauty

2 Feb

I’m dreaming of the warm weather and stunning scenery of New Zealand today. When we visited in November 2015 we were blown away by the natural beauty of the country. So today I thought I’d share a few of our photographs of this amazing place.

View looking north up the west coast of the North Island © Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

This is a view looking north up the west coast of the North Island. It is taken from a viewpoint just off the hill road, having driven about 45 minutes north from Wellington. The hill road was incredibly winding, but was worth every second for the lush farmland vistas we drove through and the stunning coast line we saw when we reached the peak. This still image may seem calm but the clouds were in fact fast moving. You can see from the white surf on the sea that it was not an entirely tranquil day. Wellington is known for its winds, and we definitely got to experience their full effect.

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

I can’t get over the water in this shot. The harbour is the most amazing shade of glistening blue. Backed by hills and fronting the harbour, Wellington certainly did well in the natural beauty stakes. It is a small and compact city, at the tip of the North Island, with a laid back feeling. The air seemed incredibly clean and clear. It reminded me a great deal of Vancouver, Canada. We took this photograph looking down from Mount Victoria.

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

We took the Interislander ferry from Wellington on the North Island, to Picton on the South Island. This three hour crossing is an amazing experience in itself as you sail across the Cook Strait and then up through the Marlborough Sounds before reaching your destination. You pass numerous little coves and bays. The deep blue waters contrasted beautifully with the rugged green shoreline.

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

We stayed on the South Island in a Bach (the New Zealand term for a holiday rental, an abbreviation of beach house) overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sound. This was the view we woke up to from our balcony. Pretty stunning don’t you think?

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

Queen Charlotte Sound in all her glory. Scenery so special you don’t need words.

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

We spent a very happy day touring the Marlborough wine region. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is world famous, and my favourite wine. It was a wonderful experience to visit the vineyards of the wines we drink at home. This is a view of part of the Brancott Estate near Blenheim.

© Jess Bruce 2016

© Jess Bruce 2016

A final shot, of boats in Okiwa Bay, at the base of Queen Charlotte Sound.

We were only in New Zealand for six short days. It was a flying visit to see our friends in Wellington – being in Australia for our honeymoon, we were much closer to them than we are living in the UK! But we absolutely loved New Zealand and can’t wait to go back on a longer trip to explore the country much more.

All copyright and related rights in the photographs in this post (and all other posts on my site, unless otherwise stated) rest with myself. Please do not use any of my images without seeking my prior permission. 

 

 

Advertisements

2 Responses to “New Zealand: A Country with Bags of Natural Beauty”

  1. thehomeschoolingdoctor February 4, 2016 at 1:19 am #

    So. Beautiful. Want to go there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: