Picton (upper South Island)

Picton is the ferry terminal for ships traveling between the two islands.  On my last day in the South Island, I drove up to Karaka Point – it was pretty overcast and there was clearly not going to be a decent sunset.  But I just caught the tail end of a yacht race as the sailors headed for home in front of the rain.  There is also a photo of Endeavour Inlet, which is the the passage channel for the ferries.

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Lake Rotoiti area (upper South Island)

A few days based at lake Rotoiti reminded me just how beautiful our bush and lakes are.  The walks around the lake, and along the nearby rivers are alive with birdsong.  The black robins and fan tails (piwakawaka) follow the walkers about, hoping they’ll dislodge a few insects as they brush past branches and twigs.  It was a rainy period, so the skies were lovely and the autumn colours were just at their peak.

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Tata Beach, Golden Bay

So, Easter and another trip with the caravan and the camera.  This time, I saw a bit more of Golden Bay, spending time at Tata Beach before heading down to Nelson Lakes and then up to Picton and back to Wellington.

Tata Beach is a little half moon bay, with golden sand and rocky outposts at either end.  At dawn, each morning, the local cormorants (shags) gather for a bit of a clean up, chatter and organise themselves for a day’s fishing.  They line up almost like soldiers as they get ready to head out.

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Wellington farmers market

For someone who lives in what has been called ‘The coolest little capital in the world” I don’t very often post photos from Wellington.  I certainly take them though.  Here’s a look at our fantastic farmer’s market which is held every Sunday down on the waterfront.  There’s everything from fresh fish to fresh cucumber.  Pickles, jams, coffee and croissants. And of course, lots of just-picked veges and fruit.

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Marahau

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Marahau has about 30 houses and baches,  two or three cafes and a very long beach.  It’s also the start of the Abel Tasman walking track.  So it’s a very popular launch spot for tourists keen to see more of … Continue reading

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Obsessed by a boat

First, I have to say I’m not really a boat person.  So I’m not able to explain why I got a little bit obsessed by this old wooden boat in the estuary at Marahau (Tasman District top of the South Island).  It had a lovely lines – isn’t that what they say about pretty boats?  So I spent some time playing in the water around it one evening and went back the next day for another look, this time in full sunlight.

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Kaiteriteri

Lucky me.  Managed to combine work and a four day holiday weekend so got to spend some more time taking photos in the Tasman district at the top of the South Island.  I fell in love with the golden sand and evening light of Kaiteriteri.

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