NEW ZEALAND flashback!

Hooley dooley! Has it really been six months since my last post? Actually, I can believe that, life of late has been of blur of study and home renovation with a few other adventures thrown in. Anyway, it's good to be back! Looking back over my blog I realise that I never got around to posting all of my New Zealand photos (even though that trip was almost twelve months ago!).  Being winter in Australia at the moment its seems appropriate to share the final leg of this journey now. The last part of our trip took in the stunning blue waters of Lake Ruataniwha and Lake Tekapo (the water really is this colour!); a relaxing dip in the warm waters of Tekapo Springs while enjoying the spectacular view over Lake Tekapo; a visit to Mt John Observatory, which felt like being on another planet! And finally, a couple of nights at Terrace Downs Resort, not to play golf but for a day trip to the snow at Mt Hutt.

We visited in between seasons and were lucky that the snow season had been extended so the roads, accommodation and snow fields weren't too busy, but New Zealand seems to be beautiful at any time of year.

Needless to say, by the end of this holiday I was ready to move to New Zealand's South Island!

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NEW ZEALAND continued

So the Christmas holidays are over and I am back in Sydney trying to get back into a routine, which is proving difficult when sorting through last year's holiday snaps. Continuing on the tour around New Zealand's South Island, today's post takes in Blue Pool (which actually looks more green in my images!), Cardrona, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Lindis Pass. A severe storm hit the island during our visit but the mister and I were lucky to avoid most of it, we had to skip Milford and Doubtful Sound due to the bad weather but this meant more time in the snow so it all worked out. So if you are sweltering in Oz right now and are struggling to keep your cool in the heatwave, just imagine yourself floating in the pool below, I know that's where I'd rather be. :) NZ_Holiday_2013-132

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FOX GLACIER

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The adventure continues! I knew before I visited New Zealand's south island that it would be beautiful. What I didn't know was just how diverse the lanscape would be. Into the lush rainforest that I posted images of last week, advances Fox Glacier. The glacier is one of the most accessible in the world, with walking tracks leading up to the glacier terminus. However, feeling a bit more adventurous, a helicopter flight and glacier hike was decided upon. The weather had been a bit unpredictable during the first few days of the trip and we weren't sure if our heli-hike would go ahead but luckily for the mister and I the sun came out and along with our guide, we ended up being the only people on the glacier! Amazing! This was one of the highlights of the entire holiday.

I still have a few more photos from New Zealand to share with you but they may have to wait until after Christmas, I have some baking to do! So until then, have a happy Sunday and enjoy the rest of your weekend :)