WELLINGTON | Eating my way around the windy city

Mum was in Wellington for a girls trip so I decided to tag along and see a new city and get a glimpse at what life would be like with four mums. We wandered around the city, ate at Crabshack, browsed the shops and then got the cable car up the mountain and walked back through the botanic gardens. We ate some more food, watched Bridesmaids after dinner and slept soundly.

The next day it was just mum and I so we had breakfast at Sweet Mothers Kitchen, visited Te Papa museum and saw the most beautiful Gallipoli exhibition. We had dinner at the Matterhorn to celebrate my birthday early. We then had the most delicious cocktail at this cute bar called the Library. Our last day together was spent being sad that we would have to be separated again, eating more food and having a beer. 

A short, but very sweet escape to a new city with my mum as an early birthday present. It hit the spot <3.

QUEENSTOWN 2016

Each year Ferg's family goes on a holiday together to Queenstown to Ski. Last year was my first time joining them and I tagged along again this year. 

When checking in for my flight I realised that I had been placed in the emergency row, which means extra leg room. When I asked to change seats, the desk clerk was pretty puzzled as to why I would give up a seat that some people pay extra money for. I explained that I wanted to see the view but she still didn't seem to get it, completing my request regardless. Flying into Queenstown is a somewhat terrifying experience if you are a semi-nervous flyer. As the captain announces that it's time to prepare for the descent, you put up your tray table and fasten your seatbelt, putting up the window shade only to reveal a giant mountain right there in the window. The captain skillfully navigates the plane right through mountain ranges, so close you can see the details in the snow covered rocks and lands in a tiny town. Last time I flew in, I had booked the 7am flight so I could see the mountains in a beautiful sunrise, the cloud lit up in pink, but the weather wasn't as clear this time. The skies were moody, dark and brooding, but quickly cleared later that day. 

We hastily made our way up the mountain and I managed to squeeze in 4 days of skiing in my short break between shoots back in Auckland. We stayed at Millbrook in Arrowtown which is such a pretty place to be! Little ducks greeted us each morning and evening and we could see the mountains from our window. They also have an amazing spa open to guests which is heaven after a long day of skiing. 

We took one day off to rest our legs and explore the area a little more. Ferg and I hired a car and had my favourite breakfast at Joes garage; the Joker roll. We then drove out to Paradise, which is a little further than Glenorchy. It was pretty beautiful in the plains between the ice capped mountains, but my favourite part was the beautiful forest. We wanted to take photos during a pretty sunset but weren't as lucky as the previous year. We were hoping for something each day we were there but mother nature didn't treat us until the final evening before we were meant to get our flight. We quickly made a dash up the Remarkables before boarding our plane back to Auckland. 

Bushwalk in Karekare

We went for a walk on the long weekend. It was lovely and so was the sunset. #NewZealandLandscape photos in this post. Have a look see. 

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First few months in Auckland

I've just moved to Auckland, New Zealand. This is my first post after moving and has some pretty pictures taken with my new camera. 

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Auckland University Wander - Auckland Lifestyle and Architectural Photographer

Upon arriving in Auckland I went for a few long walks around the city. This is how I orient myself when I go somewhere new. Aside from insisting I drive when Ferg and I went out so I could learn how all the suburbs connect, walking round has been the best for me. I love seeing new cities and shooting new places with fresh eyes. You find beauty in the mundane things like bike wheels perfectly lined up, clouds reflecting on glass surfaces or interesting lines. These images were taken one day wandering round Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology. 

PLANE - Auckland Photographer

Back when I lived in Sydney, I would make frequent trips to Auckland to visit Ferg and spend time getting to know the city I would make a home in. The lights on planes and through the window always feel nostalgic and special to me. 

NEW ZEALAND WINTER | Queenstown and Auckland

My Boyfriend moved to New Zealand in April and it's pretty hard living in different countries.
I flew to New Zealand to visit him and go skiing. I completely fell in love with skiing and him even more. 

We hung out in Auckland for two days then headed down to Queenstown to spend some time together before his family arrived. It was kind of weird being around someone again after time apart but after about 5 minutes I couldn't remember being without him.

We flew into Queenstown as the sun was rising which is both beautiful and terrifying as you fly in through the mountains. I would totally recommend anyone booking a flight to arrive as the sun is rising and getting a window seat!


We spent about 6 days on the slopes which I totally loved. He had to go back to Auckland for work when I went skiing for the first time. His mum walked up and down the kiddy track teaching me to do snow ploughs and turns. His Dad then took me on some starter slopes, showing me where the good bits of snow are, how to avoid other people and how to put my weight over my toes, propelling myself down the mountain. His sister and her friends took me on some slopes and we made a pretty cute bunch of snow bunnies all together. When it was finally time for my boyfriend to teach me, his family already had! It was pretty lovely for everyone to spend so much time and patience helping a noob like me!

Once Ferg came back, we went skiing some more and visited Milford Sounds which is the most beautiful place ever! Huge mountains spring out of the water and a delicate cool mist covered the horizon creating this really beautiful, eerie feeling.

The drive there is pretty dangerous as you have to go THROUGH A MOUNTAIN, but luckily Ferg is a good driver!

Most of these Images are from our travels in the car, where we stayed (Milbrook Resort; SO BEAUTIFUL) or Auckland. 

Every time I visit New Zealand I fall in love with it in a new way. 

 

NEW ZEALAND | Green Volcanoes

While I was in Auckland over the easter break I went up some amazing volcanoes. They are grown over with lush green grass, you can drive up some of them (what I did). Growing up in Sydney, I have never seen anything like this!