NZ – Akaroa

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Last week I shared some images form NZ that I shot in film. Now it’s time for the digital ones. I took a very large backpack of camera equipment with me to NZ. I hear a lot of pro photographers saying they don’t bother taking all their gear with them on holidays and they just make do with an iphone. I can kind of see where they’re coming from because by then end of the week man I was getting sick of carting that super heavy bag everywhere (I actually left it behind when I returned the rental car….woops!), but for me if I have the gear then I’m going to use it. It would be a massive waste not to, especially somewhere as scenic and safe as NZ. I’m so glad I took all that gear and I’ll happily take it with me again wherever  I go.

Part 1 of the NZ trip – Akoroa.

We didn’t know much about Akoroa before we went to NZ. We had to find somewhere to stay for 1 night. All we knew is that we didn’t want to stay in Christchurch (no offense). A few weeks earlier there was an article in the paper about Akoroa – an hour east of Christchurch, it looked nice so thats where we went.

We only stayed 1 night but I wish we had 3. It’s a really beautiful little peaceful town, on the water, surrounded by mountains, with a French influence. We arrived late on the Sunday afternoon and left again mid morning the next day. We did a little exploring. Just enough to know that we went to come back.

Things I didn’t know about NZ #17 – Rocks. They have a lot of them. Everywhere you look you see rocks. Probably not  a huge surprise considering the whole country is one giant rock. However the amount of small rocks around was phenomenal. I probably wouldn’t have noticed so much if Harry didn’t want to pick up every single rock he saw and either keep it or throw it. Australia has deprived that boy of rocks. Maybe a geologist in the making.

From Akoroa we made tracks for Lake Tekapo. What was supposed to be  3.5 drive took a lot longer. There are so many good things to see that we had to make a lot of stops along the way. This is some of what we saw.

 

Pop up restaurant/bar in Christchurch – the only place we could find open on a Sunday.

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this little stall only made one thing – pumpkin and fetta pizzas. We ordered two.P I N____________________save this for later

playing some tunes on the house pianoP I N____________________save this for later

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one of the mini golf holes you can find around the cityP I N____________________save this for later

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Mac’s make very good alcoholic and non-alcoholic beveragesP I N____________________save this for later

Akoroa dingyP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

If there is a park anywhere nearby Harry will sniff it outP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

H needs to know who lives in the little houseP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

We knew NZ would be full of sheep but we never knew there would be so many rocks. Everywhere we went we needed to check out the rocks. Some went in the pockets. Some got thrown in the water. Some got banged against the hire car.P I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

We drove up the steepest and windiest road I could find just to see what the view was like. When we got up there we had a big fence and paddock between us and the view.  To my surprise J + H were more than happy to scale the fence to check it out. I’m glad we did. H would have been happier if there were animals in the paddock.P I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

AkoroaP I N____________________save this for later

It’s hard to get sense of how high up we were – but it felt like we were a long way up!P I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterthe trusty hire carP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

main jetty – AkoroaP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

scaling mountains is thirsty workP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

5 mins out of Akoroa we spotted some horses and needed to stopP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

15 mins from Akoroa and we needed to make a quick pit stop at Little River. Ended up staying for an hour. We’d traveled 15 kms in 90 minutes. It was going to be a long drive.P I N____________________save this for later

H spots some deer on them there hillsP I N____________________save this for later

the said deers way up thereP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

bumbleP I N____________________save this for later

our tour of NZ’s playgrounds was enjoyed by one in particular. Leaving was always a battle.P I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

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as many rocks as he could hold..P I N____________________save this for later

H has a new respect for vegetables. Leftovers from the annual Little River pumpkin growing competition held on Anzac day.P I N____________________save this for later

Somewhere between Akoroa and Lake Tekapo….P I N____________________save this for later

Loving the autumn coloursP I N____________________save this for laterP I N____________________save this for later

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More from the trip coming soon….

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  • 04/07/2013 - 9:51 pm

    Carly - Just amazing photos Scott and what a beautiful place!!!!ReplyCancel