Category Archives: New Zealand

Arthurs Pass, New Zealand

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Arthurs Pass has to have been my most favourite drive of all. The most stunning New Zealand landscapes – sweeping mountains, blue flowers hug the sides of the roads that lead down into stunning valleys. I could have stayed here for my whole holiday!

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There is a train called the TranzAlpine which runs from Greymouth to Christchurch, passing through Arthurs pass. The shot above is of the railways which has blue lupins along it. One of my goals this year is to take this train ride through winter when the mountain tops are coated in fresh white snow.
An absolute MUST when visiting New Zealand is to spend time going through here.
The BEST. xobec

West Coast, New Zealand

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Part two of my mini South Island road trip:
We then drove further down the coast stopping in a few small towns and eventually ending up in Hokitika. The drive down the West Coast is full of beautiful native New Zealand flax bushes, Nikau Palms & Ferns and crazy wild coastlines.
I loooove this photo above of the seagulls – the third bird from the left is so gansgter! haha!

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The locals in Hokitika are the absolute coolest. You’ll never find more chilled out, cruisey kiwi’s! If you visit Hokitika, get a pizza from Fat Pipi’s Pizza and take it down to the beach at Sunset Point. Here, you can watch the sun go down & the crazy waves crashing on the beach.
A short drive away is the glow worm dell – which is sooo cool! xobec

Punakaiki – South Island, New Zealand

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Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my mini road trip adventure of the top of the South Island. I was so lucky to have a few weeks off over Christmas to be able to do this!
First stop was on the west coast – a small town called Punakaiki, famous for its Pancake Rocks & blowholes. These limestone formations were formed 30 million years ago and are truly spectacular.

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I was so taken by this place. The gorgeous little winding stone pathways, amazing rock formations with the sea crashing at their base and surrounded by New Zealand flax bushes & Nikau Palms. It was overcast with a light rain which made the whole experience more dramatic.

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If you get the chance to visit here, I highly recommend taking this little walk along the coast. Breathtaking & beautiful.xobec

Rose Garden

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Good morning! These photos were taken at Broadgreen rose garden which is in full bloom at the moment – in fact today is the annual rose day showcasing around 3000 plants with 560 varieties.

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Also today I am having my very first market stall at The Great Christmas Market – so SO exciting!! If you’re in Nelson this weekend – make sure you come an say hi! I would love to meet you.
Do you have anything exciting on this weekend?xobec

Exploring Auckland

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I had soooo much fun exploring Auckland city on my weekend away for The Blogcademy. I wish I had had more time to discover all the hidden cafes and boutiques!

If you’re visiting, here are a few of my favourite spots!
Shaky Isles – a funky little cafe with delicious (and beautifully presented) breakfasts and perfect coffee.
Best Ugly Bagels – gaahh bagels! Whats not to love. Especialy when drizzled with lemon oil!
♦ Milse Macarons – I tried the salted caramel, rhubarb/rose petal and espresso. Absolutely mouthwatering and in amazingly bright colours.

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♦ One Tree Hill & Mount Eden – both have beautiful views of the cityscape. You couldn’t really get any more kiwi than sheep in the city right?!
Auckland sky tower!

Auckland Street graffiti. Image by Clouds of Colour

I also loved visiting the suburb of Ponsonby – filled with glamourous and sheek boutiques, coffee shops and buzzing restaurants.
Already planning my next adventure there!xobec