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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: 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!

 
Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Kaikoura coast sunrise, South Island, New Zealand /photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home Kaikoura, 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 Home

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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Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeInterislander 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
 

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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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 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 Home Interislander Ferry, Picton to Wellington, New Zealand / photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

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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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 – Wellington
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