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