Following Australia, I’ve been in NZ now for about 18 days, enjoying the sights of South and North islands in a hired campervan from Spaceships Rentals. Firstly, my health has been much better, and I’ve not been ill at all the whole time I’ve been here. I’ve been cooking for myself pretty much the whole time, avoiding alcohol (apart from one tequila shot!) and spicy stuff.
I arrived in Christchurch and headed south through Oamaru, stopping off to check out the fine Victorian precinct with it’s quirky wee craft shops and the Oamaru Steampunk HQ. These guys were brilliant, actually, since they were not scheduled to be open but having been in touch with them on Twitter (@steampunkHQ), they offered to open up especially for me! Of course, I took the offer and had the place to myself…a theme which would repeat several times on the South Island.
From Oamaru, I went on to Te Anau, and honestly for the first few days I felt rather underwhelmed with NZ. Australia was such a different country that I really felt like I was in a foreign country, but my first couple of days in NZ were very familiar in terms of countryside and accents (lots of Brits, ex-pats and tourists). But that completely changed when I explored Fiordland a bit, visited Milford Sound, flew over the Alps and Mt Cook, flew over Kaikoura (twice!)…and then North Island was magical for all its volcanic activity! Although, the weather up North has been pretty foul compared with the South!
So, a great time here, and now to move on. I’ve put together a selection of photos from NZ, again about 1 per day. I’ll admit to heavily processing them in Lightroom 4.4, but the intention was to produce a bunch of ‘artistic’ photos rather than simple tourist snaps, and so there aren’t many classic views I suppose. When I get home I’ll wade through everything and put a ton of photos (largely unedited) online, but for now I’ve been experimenting with Lightroom and here are a bunch of photos which don’t really do NZ justice, but I had fun editing them regardless. Hope that you like one or two of them!