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LOCATIONS: Bali under the radar!

This is quite a meaty post but I hope to offer you all an insight into the Bali that I saw over my three weeks AND the one that skirts the sparkly resorts and packed shopping streets! While I was SO lucky to find myself absorbed in the daily life of those clever NZ/AUS creative brands that I was visiting, I found that I was having a totally different experience to friends that had been before.
I was asked if I had been to “this” beach club or “that” bar…and for a second had a panic! Was I missing out???

Nope.
Instead I relished the peek I had into everyday life and with the help of the group of Bali based brands below I have pulled together some places and experiences that you might want to plug into your trip!

Most are predominately around the Canggu area or easily accessed from there!

ROSIE SHELTON – LA LUNA ROSE

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: La Luna Rose - sunset walks on the beach in Canggu, BaliWHO: Rosie Shelton – originally from Christchurch and now flitting between Bali, Australia and New Zealand
BRAND: La Luna Rose – Bright, beautiful and precious jewellery! (interview to come)
WHERE: Canggu Beach, Bali. One base for the roving La Luna Rose headquarters!
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: There is nothing more calming to put the worries of the day at bay than a walk along my local beach to watch the beautiful Bali sunsets. Often accompanied by various friends popping into the island to say hello – each and every walk brings a different mood and delightful experience!
From watching the local fishermen haul in their boats for the night, to the local guys playing soccer like they are in the world cup to the little ones chasing their kites to rescuing puppies from the relentless waves…consistent in its beauty but ever changing with its adventures, this is by far my most favourite part of my day!

JILLIAN BEED – RUE STIIC

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: Rue Stiic - fabric shopping in Denpasar, BaliWHO: Jillian Beed – originally from San Diego, California, but my Australian roots took me back to Australia where I have since lived in Perth and based my label.
BRAND: Rue Stiic
WHERE: This photo was taken on a fabric sourcing day in one of the many fabric stores in Denpasar. The fabrics in Bali are all so beautiful and it’s so amazing to walk into shops of endless swatches and push my creativity to see what I can create!
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Bali is a magical place with endless opportunities. I come here almost every month to work on Rue Stiic, source new fabrics, and practice a healthy lifestyle. My favorite is waking up, having a fresh cup of Bali Kopi, hopping on my scooter and driving off through the rice paddies to see where the day may take me – whether it will be a day of production and fabric sourcing or a beautiful beach day swimming in the Bhukit with a coconut in hand.

DANI CLAYTON – SALT GYPSY

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: Salt Gypsy at Warung Bumi, Canggu, Bali
WHO: Danielle Clayton, hailing from Auckland’s North Shore in New Zealand.
BRAND: Salt Gypsy – a women’s alternative/indie surf lifestyle brand (interview to come)
WHERE: Warung Bumi in Canggu, Bali.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: It’s cheap, delicious and crowded with locals and expats alike. The best campur in town!
My favourites? Corn fritters and the crispy tempe.
FAVE LOCAL CANGGU BREAK:  The river mouth at Echo Beach in Canggu – a few less people in the water than further down the beach and some pumping long waves to pick off. And afterwards, crisp cold beers at one of the warungs on the beach. Perfect!

CHRISTINA LAFIAN – SUKU

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: Suku Home visiting Gaya Ceramic - Ubud, BaliWHO: Christine Lafian – splits time between Indonesia and Melbourne.
BRAND: SUKU Home (interview to come)
WHERE: GAYA Ceramic– Ubud, Bali Indonesia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Italian sophistication meets Balinese craftsmanship!
We were lucky enough to be given private tour into the workshop and gallery. They’ve worked with clients such as Armani Home, Ritz Carlton, Aman Group resort, Bulgari etc. It’s really is a ceramic HEAVEN! Don’t forget to try their gelato at their other business a little further down the road!

STU MUSGRAVE – BNVVT

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track:  Bon Vivant - Canteen Cafe, Canggu, BaliWHO: Stuart Musgrave, orginally from Brisbane
BRAND: BNVVT – Bon Vivant (interview to come)
WHERE: Canteen Cafe, Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Located near the beach and not far from my house makes this a perfect breakfast spot. The fact that they do Aussie breakfast faves with a twist is a bonus! Filled to the brim with surfing history and nostalgia it is a great place to start your day and also get some work done.

LUCY BAKER – BY ASL

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: By ASL - People watching at Double 66 beach, Seminyak, Bali

WHO: Lucy Baker, St-Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
BRAND: BY ASL – for girls with crooked smiles & full hearts
WHERE: At the end of Double 66 Road on the border of Seminyak & Legian, where the rusty umbrellas and salty sun lounges reside, where beach boys sell water & Bintang, where expat locals and tourists mix; chasing that Bali sun, I sit every Sunday!
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Sometimes alone, sometimes with friends – but it is my escape place! I sit back and relax, dream about my latest collections, my hopes and aspirations, people watch some of the most interesting characters, I read a book and angle my chair to maximise sun exposure (with a hat & sunscreen – of course).
The fruit lady comes along with her store on her head, splits open a coconut and machetes a pineapple or mango or 2 – and I have one of those ‘I’m so lucky to be here’ moments!
And before I go home, I will dive in to the sea for a swim or 10 and I am ready for Monday!

AND NOW TWO SPECIAL MENTIONS!

I have broken my staunch “NZ/AUS content only” rules for these two as both designers/business owners not only have exceptional brands they were also super memorable and inspiring people!

SUKI – SUKI WOODEN SUNGLASSES

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: Suku Wooden Sunglasses at Think Pink Nails on Batu Belig, BaliWHO: Sukma Suki – originally from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.
BRAND: Suki Wooden Sunglasses
WHERE: Think Pink Nails at on Batu Belig.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The best nails polish collections ever, amazing service and full of smiles!!!

KAI PAUL – INDOSOLE

Bali based brands and their favourite spots off the beaten track: Indosole - Echo Beach, Canggu, BaliWHO: Kai Paul – grew up in Jakarta Indonesia
BRAND: Indosole
WHERE: Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: It is a 500 metre walk from my house to Echo Beach where there are good waves and great sunsets! Its very chilled out and I love taking my dog, Shayde, down to the beach to play.
There is also a temple at the edge of the beach looking over us and when I look at it from the water it gives me good vibes!

NOW MY TURN!

Some sights, places and experiences which stick in my mind as highlights of my debut trip to the tropics!

THE GANGS

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A “gang” is an alley or little skinny street. I would love trying to catch a snap of life when shooting past them on my scooter. Think roosters, dogs (so many dogs) cats, children playing, children learning to drive scooters, burning, washing and a great deal of just hanging out. They acted like extended living areas and I loved feeling a little more connected to the local way of life then most visitors in the resorts would feel!

This is a snap of the gang I stayed down for much of my visit and our neighbour Made with his youngest little girl. Every day I wound my way up or down there (on the scooter I had hired from him!) I would be acknowledged with the most brilliant smile! Sometimes there were even little “offerings” left tucked into my number plate…guess they thought I might have needed some spiritual protection!

SUNSET DRINKS AT BATU BELIG BEACH BAR

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It’s a humble little tin bar parked right on the beach and it was one of my favourite spots. No ritz and glitz of the Seminyak sparkly resorts – just a crew of smiling local’s behind the bar, a DJ grinning through his sets, bean bags on a bamboo deck and without fail a crowd of visitors and those that call Canggu home lapping up their environment.

THE LIGHT

Beautiful Bali by Studio Home - sunrise up Mt Batur and the unbeatable Bali light
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The hours around sunrise and sunset offered up a light that to me was noticeably different from at home in New Zealand.  More gold, more pink and more ritual around both those times for locals and visitors alike.

SCOOTER LIFE

Scooter life in Bali - Studio Home //Photography by Julia AtkinsonStu of Bon Vivant – living the good life!
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The freedom of scootering – wow!

When I first arrived, straight off the plane and travelled in the back of a taxi to where I was staying I was utterly GOBSMACKED at what I was seeing on the roads. There were double lanes but no one took any notice of the lines, helmetless children, a sea of scooters darting around cars and a crazy amount of tooting on horns!
BUT – then I got my own scooter life going and it was a fascinating discovery to find the order within the chaos. There is a kind of “flow” that occurs, cars give way to scooters, the honks are a polite way to say “hey! I’m just popping past you or I’m approaching an intersection everyone!”
It kind of reminded me of the mountain rule of “give way to the downhill skier” – if I concentrated on the chaos in front of me hopefully those behind me would be doing the same !
The helmetless children thing…well yeah, not ideal at all but overall the scooter is the workhorse and wheels that this entire country operates on.
As a visitor the humble scoot gave me the ability to not only explore with freedom but to reallllllly see face to face the country and communities in them.

Just amazing, eye opening stuff!

BENING DAY SPA

Bening Spa - best massages in Bali - /// Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Best massages of my life and verrrry cheap at Bening Spa on Batu Belig. Don’t worry about going anywhere else! This was IT for me!
PS – Watch out of the full body massage ladies…it includes the entire top half unless stated! haha

MT BATUR SUNRISE MISSION

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Climbing the “softly steaming” volcano Mt Batur in the pitch black at 4am to witness sunrise from its chilly top ridge was a massive highlight!!

PADDY FIELDS + FARMING

Beautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Beautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Beautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBeautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Beautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeI found it so interesting stopping to watch the farmers tend their paddy fields and plots. The terracing is immaculate and did you know that every single plant in those rows are carefully placed by hand… take the time to watch and learn.

WEEKEND TRIP TO BINGIN BEACH

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I found Bingin Beach fascinating and almost like an amazing movie set!
A ramshackle collection of guest houses cling to a step cliff, wedged tightly against a white sandy beach and aqua ocean sporting some amazing surf breaks!
We stayed in very simple and cheap ($10 NZ ) accommodation with incredible views!
Couldn’t recommend this place more to explore but be warned….it seems to be FULL of outrageously good looking travellors!

A LAST FEW MENTIONS
Beautiful Bali // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

– There are kites and streamers hovering over rice paddies everywhere to keep the birds away. I found that almost magical!

– Mahi Mahi burrito’s (or simply ANYTHING else!) at Betelnut Cafe in Canggu

– Western food in general was WAY better then anything I could get on Ponsonby Rd in Auckland….and less than quarter of the price. Actually 90% of my eating experience was exceptional…of all cuisines…did fit in a few extra meals!!

– Frogs enmasse in paddy fields at night sound like a flock of sheep. True story.

– The hour between sunset and full darkness requires closed mouth when on scooter! Bugs galore!

 

All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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LOCATIONS: The Edges of Wellington

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeThis is the final installment from the 2 week road trip I did in late Autumn. Starting in Queenstown I dashed to Dunedin and Wanaka then on up to Christchurch. Zapped sideways to Hanmer Springs, fish for breaky in Kaikoura, a colourful nights stay with Alex Fulton then dawn on the ferry through to Wellington. Gasp. You can check out the the legs of this roady both here and here.

So I had quite strong intentions with my day spent in Wellington and was lucky that my tour guides were long standing locals with a willingness to explore!
I wanted to cruise the rocky, windy “edges” ….. and that we sure did!

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLocations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLocations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLyall Bay was chilly as anything, with a biting Autumn breeze but these Welly folk are tough as nails and the surfers were out in DROVES!
I marvelled at the fact we could sit and watch them with planes landing on one side and the southern sea facing suburbs looming over them from the other.

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLocations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeWe then cruised around the twisty edges of the peninsula, along Breaky Bay Road and on through Seatoun where houses had been wedged between the steep bushy hills and the rocky exposed coast, leaving a slither for some tarseal and white paint. I loved this area and could only imagine the complete drama of a storm passing through!

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLunch at Scorch-o-rama all rugged up watching the ferry’s cruise by.

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeOnce we had finished with the cool adventure of suburbs-meet-harbour,  we then shot back through town and headed up and over to the west coast and the tiny seaside-end-of-road called Makara.

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeMakara was a super windy country drive from Wellington, a tiny place where old dilapidated bach’s mingled with freshly renovated ones. The day was deliciously clear over here and it was obvious to me that Wellingtonians relished a Sunday drive us much as us! There were groups and families wandering the coastal track and divers and fisherman doing their best to hunt some dinner.

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Cafe Makara was a welcome coffee and hot chips stop before wee toodled back into town. 

Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Locations: day lurking on the outskirts of Wellingon, New Zealand. / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeI think the coolest thing about Wellington and most of our larger cities in NZ is the ease at which was can exit the urban and enjoy our special countryside and coast. Closely followed by this is the absolute willingness and compulsion of kiwi’s to do so!

I’m ready to join some dots for a North Island trip soon and as always can’t wait to share the resulting interviews of those I find on my way x

Seaweed mo's at Makara - Wellington, NZ / Photography by Julia Atkinson from Studio HomeSeaweed….not chorizo…

Me ( Julia Atkinson) and my awesome Jucy Rentals Styla that treated me like a queen from Queenstown to Wellington. / Mons Royale merino hat and vest

Thats me – preparing to say goodbye to my Jucy Styla which I would hire again and again. I loved her…
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This post was made in partnership with Jucy.
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 – WellingtonYou can check the roady in it’s entirety here.

 

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Locations: Curio Bay – The Catlins

The Catlins, South Island, New Zealand - photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

In early March I was in The Catlins with a gaggle of 19 girls on one of the more exciting “Hen’s Parties” I’ve been to but totally appropriate for adventuring females arriving from all corners of the world!

Its mystical name suits its remote and wild location, right at the verrrrrrry bottom South Eeast corner of the South Island.
We had decided to book 3 houses in Curio Bay, something I had done before, however, in contrast to the last visit, the weather was amazing. The area is so exposed its not uncommon to be party to huge seas, dark skies and stormy squalls…which is why we couldn’t quite believe our luck! We enjoyed a pristine few days with glowy evenings, dancing under the stars and a full moon on the beach, surf lessons, rambles, whiskey and BBQ’s.

Curio Bay kind of drags you back to what coastal getaway’s used to be. There is no cell phone coverage or shops. Just a row of old (and some new!) houses crouched low on the sand dunes looking out to sea where dolphins regularly play the fool. There are penguins on the point, blowholes, a camping ground, a jurassic era pertrified forest, kilometres of curving beach and home to our favourites; Catlins Surf  (we also booked our accommodation through these guys and were VERY well looked after!)

If you are are looking for somewhere isolated, plugged straight into its environment and lacking the distractions of anything but the beauty of what is in front of you – then The Catlins should be at the top of the list!

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Of course you will just have to visualise the “rest” of the party!

To see more you can also check out the beautiful posts captured by our friend; Verbier based photographer Melody Sky.
Here and here.

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LOCATIONS: Kaikoura to Wellington

Jucy Car Rentals - New ZealandKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore.

Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeSee! The super pod of dolphins above??
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Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeKaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
 

I then headed on to The Cave restaurant where my family has stopped without fail for a piece of fresh fish ever since I was a little girl. Armed with my breaky I shot up to the look out on the Kaikoura peninsula and lapped up the truly unique spot that this place is….snowy mountains annnnnnd rich coastline, not a common site for the Southern Hemisphere!

 
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I then cruised on, a quick few shots of the iconic fresh crayfish vendor; Nins Bin and continued winding up the coast then on through the dry hills of Marlborough. Here I actually stayed the night with the terrific Alex Fulton and family but have a WHOLE post saved to share their amazing home with you!

The following morning it was a half hour drive from Blenheim to Picton where me and my wee car lined up for the Interislander Ferry.

Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBeautiful little Picton – gatekeeper of the South Island
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The Marlborough Sounds will forever be one of my most treasured spots but to cruise through it on the ferry and not on a little boat with my family felt foreign and allowed me to admire its magic from a whole new point of view.

This trip HAS to be on everyone’s kiwi bucket list.
If you like this landscape you might enjoy the story of my sister’s recent wedding in the Sounds.

 
Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Moi! Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeObligatory selfie …bi-product of solo road tripping I’m afraid!
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After a few hours we approached the dock in Wellington Harbour after crossing the Cook Strait with no problem. As always I watched in respectful wonder how the hell someone could maneuver a boat that big to such an exact level….I challenge you to getting a small power boat near a jetty with ease…

Wellington is amazing from the harbour. It’s all white house nestled in green hills and just has a lightness about it that I don’t see in other NZ cities. In fact it always reminds me a little of San Francisco.

Next post is on my adventures in the capital!

Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeWellington from the Interislander Ferry, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Wellington from the Interislander Ferry, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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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 – Christchurch – Blenheim – Wellington
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LOCATIONS: Autumn Roady in the South

Jucy - car and van rentals in New ZealandQueenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLast 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.

Queenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeQueenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeQueenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeQueenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeQueenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home050214_4 copy Queenstown, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeAfter 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.

Alexandra to Dunedin, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Alexandra to Dunedin, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Alexandra to Dunedin, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeCromwell , New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeAfter 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!

Wanaka, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Wanaka, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeThe 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!

Wanaka, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeWith 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.

050414_33 copy Wanaka, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Wanaka, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeFun 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!

Lindis Pass, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Lindis Pass, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Road to Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeLake Pukaki and the base of  Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeOn 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.

Lake Pukaki and the base of  Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Road to Tekapo through the Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand / Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeAll photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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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!

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Vudu Cafe + Larder

Vudu Cafe and Larder,  Queenstown, New Zealand - Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeOwner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile
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Vudu Cafe + Larder has rapidly become one of Queenstown’s most popular coffee and food spots… for good reason. The locals are loyal followers of the fresh and delicious daily offerings while it doesn’t take long for visitors to be drawn in the doors by the cool industrial vintage interior and general great buzz!

The morning I snuck in a visit, I had to dodge the steady stream of coffee and breakfast fiends and endless trays of totally delectable food arriving from the upstairs kitchen to the main counter and cabinets. It was 8am but this place was humming!

With a  wide sunny front entrance opening onto Rees Street and a back door revealing outside seating just a stones throw from the lake AND mega mountain views, Vudu Cafe + Larder have, without exception, all bases covered!

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Vudu Cafe + Larder.
16 Rees Street.
Queenstown
Open from 7.30am daily.

Find them on Facebook.

Plane coming into land in Queenstown, New Zealand. Photo by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

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