28.10.13

Chasing Waterfalls

[Milford Sound]

Milford Sound, somewhat incorrectly named since it's actually a fjord, is quite simply incredible. I was supposed to be doing a days kayaking around the sound but the weather was so horrendous they put us on a cruise instead. There was rain, hail, snow and gales but all this made Milford Sound come alive in a way not often seen. Normally there are only 2 permanent waterfalls. Today because of the rain there were hundreds, icy water poured off the mountains everywhere you looked. 

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[The Four Sisters]

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As well as being one of the wettest places in New Zealand, it's also a haven for wildlife like fur seals, dolphins, penguins & sometime the odd whale. Of course they were all being smart and hiding out from the rain, apart from 2 seals. 

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[The Disappearing Falls]

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Milford Sound New Zealand Waterfalls

We were so lucky we got to see a seal feeding since they generally hunt at night. It basically just flung the fish around breaking all the bones and ripping chunks out. Lovely. But cool! Look at his little whiskers!

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Milford Sound New Zealand Seals

Milford Sound New Zealand Seals

Milford Sound New Zealand Seals

Milford Sound New Zealand Seals

Milford Sound New Zealand Seals

Milford Sound New Zealand Waterfalls

Milford Sound New Zealand Waterfalls

The rain did mean we couldn't see the tops of the mountains which was a pity because seeing Mitre Peak on a clear day is incredible...


Damn I wish I'd been on a calm day...

22.10.13

Beaches

New Zealand has some of the best beaches in the world. Long sandy beaches with excellent surf are easy to come by here... If only the water were that little bit warmer!

[Pakiri Beach]

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[Piha Beach]

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Gladiator sandals are really not made for climbing trees, go figure. Safe to say I didn't get very far and it was about here I got stuck I think!

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[Karekare beach]

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If this beach looks somewhat familiar that's because it is. This is the beach used in The Piano. You have to walk a bit to get here and since it's spring we found it totally deserted. You can't even see where it ends it's so long. The black sand consists of tiny fragments of lava and since it's black it gets hot. Like hot hot. In summer it causes burns! 

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She also enjoys the random jumping shots. 

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Hi London. I miss you.



12.10.13

To the Max

[Brick Bay Winery]

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The New Zealand vineyard tour continues. This time The Glass House at Brick Bay.  

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Having wine straight from the vineyard is not like picking up a bottle at the store. Maybe it's just the wine in this region but all of them taste so much better than any I've had in London. If I could ship this Rosé home I would! We had the Rosé and Pinot Gris that went with our platter. It was good, but I still prefer Ransom, it's set the benchmark now.

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One thing Brick Bay has on Ransom - baby ducks!

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Brick Bay also have a sculpture trail which explains these random sheep in sweaters.

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[Matakana]

Matakana is the little town I'm staying in on the North East coast. It is the epitome of quaint. Just cute with organic stores, independent boutiques, NZ's official best indie cinema (one of the screens has flowers all over the ceiling!) and a Saturday market that brings in massive crowds in the summer.

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It actually reminds me of Bluebell, if you don't watch Hart of Dixie and have no idea what I'm on about you NEED to check out that show. I have no shame in declaring my love for it. I keep expecting to bump into Mayor Lavon Hayes in a seersucker suit and we can talk about ourselves in the third person while eating pastries in his kitchen.

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The weather here in New Zealand is so changeable. It's worse than Ireland! Trying to predict an outfit that can transition between cold gusty winds, beaming sun rays and utter downpours is, well… challenging, especially for someone who feels the cold like I do. This maxi skirt does that quite nicely. Easy, breezy, beautiful, emm... not cover girl.


Tee: Allsaints
Maxi Skirt: River Island
Sandals: Sonia Rykiel
Belt: Anthropologie
Sunglasses: Rayban
Bag: Marc Jacobs

Jewellery by Anarchy Street, Dogeared, Michael Kors and Laura Lee.