Travel theme: Paths

Today’s collection of images is motivated by the latest travel theme from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack. Paths can take many shapes and forms: straight and narrow, long and winding, smooth or bumpy and it is the variety that makes life interesting although I notice most of my images of paths feature gardens and trees, wonder what that says about me 🙂

Eely Point Walk, Wanaka New Zealand
Eely Point Walk, a path that takes you around part of the scenic Lake Wanaka on the South Island of New Zealand
Autumn colour in Wanaka, New Zealand
Autumn colour brightens the footpath in Wanaka, New Zealand
The rose garden in the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch
A few years before the earthquake that wreaked havoc in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, I walked through the lovely rose garden in the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch.
Sandy path over the dunes, Ruakaka Beach, New Zealand
Sandy path over the dunes at Ruakaka Beach on New Zealand’s North Island
Rainforest walk, Queensland
Rainforest walk at O’Reilly’s, Queensland
Botanic Gardens, Mt Tamborine, Queensland
Take a relaxing stroll through the Botanic Gardens at Mt Tamborine in the hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
A path to the Palace of Versaille
One of many paths between the beautiful gardens of Versaille and the elaborate palace.
Villa Monastero garden path, Varenna Lake Como
View from above, Villa Monastero garden path, Varenna Lake Como
Villa Monastero garden path, Varenna Lake Como
The path through the gardens of Villa Monastero on the edge of Lake Como, Varenna.
The Via dell'Amore, Cinque Terre
The Via dell’Amore as it winds its way between Riomaggiore and Manarola on the Cinque Terre
San Gimignano park
A walk through the park in San Gimignano, you can see two of the medieval towers in the background.
Umbrella Pines, Palatine Hill, Rome
Umbrella Pines, Palatine Hill, Rome
Albert Park, Auckland
Albert Park, Auckland

Loving New Zealand

The All Blacks have made it to the Rugby World Cup Final, congratulations and ‘about bloody time’. I hope that they don’t choke because if they lose on home soil (especially to the French – no love lost there) I daresay the Kiwis will send out a lynch mob to make them suffer. I’ve already posted several photos from my travels around the land of the long white cloud, but with so many fond memories of my second home and such a beautiful destination, I thought I’d share some more.

Wellington 2008

Memorial statue, Wellington
Memorial statue, Wellington
Wellington's Parliament House
Wellington's Parliament House
Timber interior of St Paul's Wellington
Timber interior of St Paul's, not a nail was used in the construction
St Paul's Cathedral Wellington, NZ
St Paul's Cathedral Wellington, NZ

Whangarei and surrounds, Northland

My Aunty's teapot in the garden
My Aunty's teapot in the garden
Otaika Valley at dusk, Northland
Otaika Valley at dusk, Northland
Parua Bay Tavern View
Parua Bay Tavern View
Maori carving on a park bench
Maori carving on a park bench

Palmerston North, home to Massey University

Massey University Homestead, Palmerston North, NZ
Massey University Homestead, Palmerston North, NZ
Irises in bloom, Massey University gardens
Irises in bloom, Massey University gardens
Windfarms, Palmerston North, NZ
Windfarms, Palmerston North, NZ

Wanaka, South Island

Boats on Lake Wanaka
Boats on Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World, Wanaka
Puzzling World, Wanaka
Autumn colours, Wanaka
Autumn colours, Wanaka
Lake Wanaka from the air
Lake Wanaka from the air

Images of New Zealand

With the Rugby World Cup currently underway and images of New Zealand being shown all over the world I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos taken over the last couple of years. Most of these images are from popular locations on the South Island, however I have spent much more time on the North Island because of family ties and while the scenery may not be considered as spectacular as that of the South there is much to love and the Maori culture is more evident further North.

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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions offers horse riding in the Cardrona Valley, only 20 minutes from Lake Wanaka, I signed up for the short trek because it had been a while since I rode a horse and a full day in the saddle would have left me quite sore.

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Milford Sound (technically a Fjord) is a popular spot for tourists and travellers from around the world and although you can drive there or catch a bus I took the scenic flight option in a little 6 seater plane. It was an amazing experience, even though I occasionally looked down at the jagged mountain edges poking through the snow wondering whether there would be any chance of surviving should the plane crash. Once at Milford Sound I took a cruise and the weather was perfect for spotting fur seals lazing on rocks and getting a little wet by spray from a waterfall.

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Larnach Castle in Dunedin is the only castle in NZ, the only way to get there is via a long and winding road but the beautiful garden and view from the tower is well worth the drive.

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Lake Wanaka is a ski resort in Winter but during Summer watersports are all the rage. I was there early Autumn, hoping to see the seasonal change of colours and as a bonus experienced waking up one morning to see snow on the mountains that border the lake.

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This is one of those jagged mountains that I hoped we wouldn’t crash into on the way to Milford Sound, we flew over the Southern Alps, Mt Aspiring National Park and Matukituki Valley – it was an unforgettable experience and so much better than spending hours travelling on a bus.

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Maori carving at the Kauri Museum in the village of Matakohe on the North Island. The day spent at the museum was one of the last days I got to spend with my Nanna and although looking at timber and Kauri gum (amber) doesn’t excite most people it was a special day for me.

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The native Kea is a destructive bird with dull looking feathers until they spread their wings and take flight. These cheeky parrots are inquisitive, they will happily take food from your hand and just love pulling apart rubber bits on your car or motorbike.

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Ruakaka Beach, not far from Whangarei on the North island.

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Glendhu Bay, South Island. The glass-like surface of the lake was just begging to be photographed. Later in the day it was windy and the surface choppy, I was thrilled that I’d taken the time to stop. There is a motorhome camp on the edge of the bay, it must be one of the best places to stay in this region, such a spectacular sight to wake up to each day and lots of activities close by.