Wonderland ~01

When we arrived in Oamaru and wandered through the public gardens I spotted a moon gate off to the side and was drawn to it. "This part of the gardens known as Wonderland was officially opened by Sir Leonard Wright on October 31st 1959" ~inscription at the top of the gate. I was pretty taken... Continue Reading →

Oamaru, Views

Oamaru's a town on the east coast of the South Island with a very distinct character, proudly on display in the commercial whitestone buildings of the old 'Victorian Precinct' CBD area, originating from the 1860s to 1880s and mainly comprised of large old grain and seed warehouses along with ludicrously grandiose bank buildings with imposing... Continue Reading →

View from Braids Hill

On 25 March we were heading home from Dunedin and I asked Nigel to pull in to an easily missed carpark at the bottom of this hill, then we walked up a way to a Beach Access walkway that I've seen many times before when we drove up the hill. It looks very inviting because... Continue Reading →

Granny Stringer’s Cottage

For my birthday we rented a cottage at East Roxburgh for two nights. A spacious property with an old apricot orchard at the top of the drive and further down, the cottage set within a lawn and garden setting. The owner's home is across the lawn, and also a separate stand-alone building with deck for... Continue Reading →

Train Trip Goodbyes

Dunedin Railway Station after our Taieri Gorge Railway trip on 29 Dec 2019. People saying goodbye, Nigel lining up to take a platform photo. New Zealand.

Valuing Visitors

Before midday today we arrived at our favourite motel in Dunedin which is right by the Botanic Gardens. I'd booked yesterday but they were quite booked up due to it being graduation weekend at the university so we were allocated a room that's new to us, in the older part of the motel. Well hooray!... Continue Reading →

Creepy Challenge

Very chilled out skeleton above the bar at Casafuego Eatery & Bar, Balclutha, South Otago, New Zealand -- Liz, 11 Oct 2019. For "creepy" photo challenge.

Queenstown Gardens

The first photo is taken by me from in front of the Bath House Cafe on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. The mountain is Cecil Peak. The peninsula covered in trees is Queenstown Gardens. Between the Bath House Cafe and the gardens are playgrounds for children of various ages from tiny tots to older children.... Continue Reading →

Bath House Cafe, Queenstown

When we were in Queenstown on Saturday 27 October we re-visited a cafe that we haven't been to for many years and it was so wonderful we returned again before leaving town. It was bright and comfortable, the food and coffees were delicious and it feels very special being right on the shore by Lake... Continue Reading →

To Labour or not to Labour

In New Zealand this is a holiday weekend with today, Monday, termed Labour Day. Unusually for Labour Weekend the weather has been fabulous and we've got out and enjoyed each day. Nigel's been so busy growing his business as a landscape architect that he rarely takes time off, its been great to see him relaxing!... Continue Reading →

Best Ice-Creams

Saturday 20 October, after stopping at Mandeville and watching the steam train, we drove to one of our favourite little country villages. Its way off the highway in the middle of nowhere and boasts a large bottle-shaped building made of 20,000 wine bottles (previous post). We had pizza and drinks at the pub and then... Continue Reading →

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