Category Archives: New Zealand

Off road

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This Easter was all about getting off the beaten track and exploring some stunning spots in the South Island of New Zealand. Above are a few photos from the adventures! It was a terrible stormy weekend but when the sun peaks through as it disappeared behind the clouds, it gave a beautiful glow to the landscape. Those moments are what I love.
These photos were taken between the West Coast & Christchurch and also at Lake Coleridge.
Enjoy!
xobec


Nelson to Christchurch, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand Landscape 1 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 2 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 3

These photo make me want to go on another road trip exploring New Zealand! The only problem is that every corner you turn, you want to stop and take another photo – its all sooo beautiful!
On our road trip to Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, we went through the Lewis Pass and spent a night in Hanmer. These are the pics from this…

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We were so lucky to have sunny weather as it had been snowing and the roads were crazy slippery. Snowing in summer?!

Snow - Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape 2 Lewis Pass, New Zealand Landscape Trees 1

The image above is from one of my favourite pieces of road – lined with a forest of beech trees with their black trunks and bright green leaves. You can smell the fresh forest air as you drive past…sooo good!
This is such a beautiful drive to take – especially when the sun is shining, theres snow on the hills & your favourite tunes are playing =)
xobec


Ellerslie Flower Show – Christchurch

This past weekend Mum and I took a trip down to the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch. It was better than I imagined it to be! A nice sunny Christchurch day, live music and a perfect creative vibe in the air. Here are a few snaps from our day there.

One of my friends received gold for the Mexican inspired design above – soooo clever huh! I love the use of colours, reflective patterns & texture in the plants.
If you get the chance to go next year – I highly recommend it!
Have you been to Ellerslie? xobec


Adventures at sunrise

Bec Brown - Boulder Bank, Nelson Sunrise - Boulder Bank, Nelson 3 Sunrise birds - Boulder Bank, Nelson

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and wish I was motivated enough to hop out of bed and watch the sun rise from one of our beautiful New Zealand beaches. Witness the landscape light up in shadows of gold as it greets a new day.
Yesterday I did just that – set my alarm for 6am and ventured into the crisp summer air to breathe in a new day. These photos I snapped have made me want to do this more. It is just sooo totally worth it. It got me ready for a beautiful new day and again, appreciate the stunning country I am so lucky to live in.

Sunrise - Boulder Bank, Nelson 2 Sunrise flowers - Boulder Bank, Nelson Sunrise swans - Boulder Bank, Nelson 2 Sunrise - Boulder Bank, Nelson 1 Sunrise silhouette - Boulder Bank, Nelson

There are moments and sights and smells that should be noticed and loved every day.
This was a perfect way to not only start my day, but a new week!
I hope these images brighten your day! xobec


Christchurch City, New Zealand

Christchurch - street art

The final part of my mini road trip was Christchurch city. I studied down in Christchurch before the earthquakes and hadnt been down here since. Although it was extremely sad to see so many of the beautiful old buildings gone, the spirit of everyone living in the city and the creativity emerging absolutely blew me away. There are amazing murals, graffiti walls, container shops.##

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One place I loved visiting was the Cathedral – I remember walking past here years ago when my room mates and I would go shopping in the city. To view the Cathedral, you walk through a man made tunnel of flowers and cacti.
Brightly coloured art installations line the gates surrounding the Cathedral (see below).

Christchurch plastic artChritchurch city

The image above (on right) is of the new cardboard Cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. You can read more about it here.

Christchurch - street art mural Christchurch container shops

Above is an image of the container shops located in the city centre. This was a 2 story coffee shop with an outdoor area upstairs.
The other thing I loved was the book swap stops dotted around the city. These were recycled pieces of furniture filled with books – the idea is you leave a book and take a book. SUCH a cool idea.

I wish I had been in Christchurch longer, there is so much to explore and see! Until next time…
xobec