Last Monday I flew back to Auckland after two weeks on the road interviewing, exploring, consulting and driving from Queenstown through to Wellington. This of course didn’t happen in a straight line and today I wanted to share some snaps I caught on the first part of my solo roady.
After chatting with the team at Jucy about my plans, I was excited to pick up a new addition to their fleet of cars and vans in Queenstown – the Styla (or as I like to call it; “the grunty diesel station wagon that barely required ANY fuel”… I was honestly a little gobsmacked!)
I spent a few days in Queenstown attempting to do some work, but instead was reminded at every single moment spent with my eyes open, that this area of New Zealand is really the place that pings my heart strings. That pinky image above was taken at dusk, hanging over the back fence at my friends house…life there IS set to a background of soaring peaks and four very distinct seasons which makes you feel VERY connected to where you are on a daily basis.
The pictures speak for themselves – it was mid Autumn, the first bitter Southerlies were beginning to roll through and everyone relished the chill by layering up and getting excited about the coming snow.
After a few days in Queenstown I then booked myself a mission to drive the 3 hours through to Dunedin to interview an artist and, with limited time, then retrace my steps back to end up in Wanaka.
The drive through the Kawarau Gorge (above) then on through the amazing rocky, almost “Mars” like landscape around Clyde, Alexandra and Roxburgh is one of my total favourite’s. I was reminded that road tripping in the South Island is never boring as the scenery is CONSTANTLY changing.
After attempting to capture the immaculate stillness of a hazy Cromwell at dusk (above) I then cruised on through to take up residence for a couple of nights in my favourite place, Lake Wanaka.
You will no doubt remember me going on and on about this place more than once!
The afternoon before leaving I then went for a walk with my friend Mickey who is one mean man with a camera. My pics are marginal compared to his and if you want to see more of this area then his instagram is up there as one of the best!
With the lake being so low, Bremner Bay provided some beautiful still, reflective pools for some photo fun. It felt strange and nice to look across at Black Peak hiding the last of the sun and to it’s right, my old workplace of Treble Cone Ski Area.…preparing for another winter.
Fun was had with the Wanaka crew then it was back on the road. This time north through the dry rolling hills of the Lindis Pass, a cup of tea at Dalrachney Station and on into the MacKenzie Basin. I LOVE this part of the South Island where its all dry stony plains (now with large dots of irrigated circles!), tooth paste blue canals and lakes and the jagged border of the Southern Alps and Aoraki/Mt Cook which often shoulders a broody shrug of weather battling to flood over from the West Coast.
It’s all sky and land and nature here!
On previous trips (and more often than not!) driving past Lake Pukaki the water is so insanely blue it looks dyed!
This time it was definitely toned down and icy.
I always half expect to see a herd of woolly mammoth bowling down the middle of a view like that!
Sometime soon I’ll share the views from the car driving from Kaikoura, through Marlborough and from the ferry to Wellington.
Hope you like!
All opinions are my own and I am SO happy to work with a company who relishes exploring as much as I do!
I drove an incredibly cost effective Styla from Queenstown – Dunedin – Wanaka – Christhurch – Blenheim – Wellington