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First night en-route to Wellington we stop at Taihape – wow. To get there we took State Highway 1 through the Desert Road.

A rustic kinda evening ensues as we checked into the River Valley Adventure Lodge. The workers shed somehow shows the rustic nature that is the lodge experience.

The lodge, on Rangitkei River is base for river rafting, kayaking and horse trekking. Some beautiful though raw scenery surrounds the lodge.

The rushing river and spring cherry blossom flowers create further contrasts for this memorable stop-over.

Then on to Wellington and WOW, and a couple of days drifting around our capital.

You will recognise these buildings for sure.

WOW was an experience, even for a women’s fashion numb-skull like me. Our hotel, the Museum Hotel had this piece on display from an earlier WOW event.

The hotel is a really nice property. Shame they see it worthwhile to practice the small minded surcharge on use of credit cards, regardless of their not insignificant tariff.

If I return I’ll seriously consider paying in cash, and then see them incur some real handling and banking costs, but under their policy, I won’t. Now got that off my chest!

Some of the capital city’s iconic street art outside the Museum hotel.

Wellington at night.

Had time to drop into Te Papa. Below a couple “engaging” with one of the vibrant installations.

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Then we headed to South Island on the Bluebridge ferry.   Passengers enthralled by and photographing the Marlborough Sounds as we head for Picton. As well as the dramatic scenery, salmon farming set-ups are part of the landscape.

Something to consider on this service, there is no access to the bow, so travellers can only look at where they’ve been, not where they are going.

Picton waterfront after dark.

Stunning spring tree colours, as we head towards Farewell Spit, appear more like autumn lining dry river bed.

A night at the golden beach of Kaiteriteri offers some evening shots and sunrise next morning.

The blue hour over the bay, then the sun breaches the horizon.

Above; pied stilt in farm puddle on way to Whakariri Beach

Two rocks

Two rocks and two walkers on Wharariki Beach

Driving the highway through Takaka this rustic old farm shed under a gum tree has become a landmark

Grafitti painted on old rustic corrugated Iron shed

Braeburn Track, Lake Rotoroa lush green New Zealand native beech forest in Nelson Lakes National Park

Natural fresh clean water flowing through and around granite boulders through lush green New Zealand bush.

White buildings one each side of straight road passing between buildings and leading to distant hills in vintage style image at the Sunday Creek turn-off.

Anatoki, definitely worth a visit.

Father and two sons fishing in small picturesque lake, Anatoki in South Island New Zealand.

Anatoki River surrounded by dense bush and southern mountains.

Vineyards in Marlborough, you can’t go here without a wine stop or two. Long rows of springtime growth across flat fields running to foothills in distance

Possibly the world’s most photographed tree; “That Wanaka Tree”, willow tree growing in lake is popular tourist scene in long exposure with sunset colors reflected from snow covered mountains behind. Instagram “thatwanakatree”

More of the natural beauty of Lake Whakatipu, with jumping platform just of the shore in alpine Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island.

Collection of heritage signs and buildings brought together as tourist stop-off point on highway at Burke’s Pass.

iconic Church of Good Shepherd and tourists on a low Lake Tekapo

Two young women travelers in distance, walking on flat mud-rock ledge on Kaikoura coast

Seabirds, albatross just some of the wildlife of Kaikoura coast


Christchurch, post quake a new city landscape emerges with some remarkable new architecture