Tag Archives: South Island

Christchurch: A Botanic Gardens in Pictures.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand features one of the best collections of flowers including roses, native trees and plants, greenery, colors and more that I have come across. Lots of Christchurch time has equaled lots of times hanging out in the gardens. Below are some photos that I thought I’d share here in addition to my original post from a few years back.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, Rose Garden

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

What gardens would you recommend that you have come across in your travels?

Photo of the Week: What about that Avatar?

I’m often asked where the picture of me in the blog header and my Twitter, Facebook, etc. avatar is from. It was taken from the Kia Trail near Mount Cook Village on the South Island of New Zealand. I was out on the open trail heading towards Kea Point. To this day it’s one my favorite photos and travel memories. 🙂

Mount Cook Village, South Island, New Zealand

You can read more about my time on the trail and around Mount Cook Village in A Few Hours in Mount Cook Village and Photo of the Week: The Road to Mount Cook Village.

Photo of the Week: Even a Dock in New Zealand…

Driving on the South Island of New Zealand on the West Coast, my travel companion and I stopped in the small-town of Moana and came across this pier which darts out into Lake Brunner. Scenic panoramic views of the lake, mountains and more to be had. I would have loved to see the tops of the snow-capped mountains, but the fog and dark clouds were a nice touch. Even a dock in New Zealand is beautiful! 🙂

New Zealand

Queenstown: Hanging along Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand.

Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand, is known to many as the adventure capital of the world. It’s a resort town with lots of fun to be had. Lots of times you’ll find movie crews from all over the world set up shop there.

During my brief time there, I found myself hanging out along Lake Wakatipu quite a bit. It was very quiet and peaceful. Was it the turquoise waters that attracted me?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Or was it The Remarkables mountain range opposite that caught the eye?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

What about the greenery and views of the picturesque town of 16,600 or so?

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

It was probably all those things and more. The lake is the result of a trench carved by a glacier and is 400+ meters deep in spots.

According to Maori legend though it is the “hollow of the giant.” It says that the lake was formed when an evil giant was set on fire by an adventurous youth. This heat melted the ice and snow of the surrounding mountains which then filled in the long hollow. The rise and fall of Lake Wakatipu’s waters, around 15 centimeters every five minutes or so, is said to be caused my the giant’s heartbeat.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

It was the perfect spot to hangout and chill outside at while in Queenstown. Will have to grab a boat and get on the turquoise waters next time.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Checkout my previous photo of hanging out along the water at the beach in Queenstown in Photo of the Week: Along the Queenstown Shore..

What other lakes in New Zealand would you recommend checking out and chilling at along the shore?

Photo of the Week: One Random New Zealand Shot…

Photo of the historic Royal Hotel Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand which dates back to 1876. Also, in the background is Countdown, a leading supermarket chain in the country. It’s not the beauty of the picture itself that makes me smile, but the memories.

A couple of years back my best friend and I during a South Island road trip stopped at that hotel and ate greasy food and watched the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl from the downstairs bar. We were the only ones in the bar. 🙂 Many memories as well grocery shopping at Countdown, checking out all products not readily available at home. Banana milk anyone yum!

Greymouth, New Zealand, Royal Hotel Greymouth, Countdown supermarket

Who knew that one random New Zealand shot would conquer up some great memories and make me want to get back to New Zealand stat!