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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
Owner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile …….
Vudu Cafe + Larder.
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!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home ……
Vudu Cafe + Larder.
16 Rees Street.
Open from 7.30am daily.
Store owner and designer Natalie Newlands, 31, can rock a seriously snappy red lip and looks right at home surrounded by some of the regions best offerings in fashion at Queenstown store; Angel Divine.
In February 2012 she purchased the business from great friend Emma Taylor – who had steered the popular shop for the 6 years previous but had to focus on her battle with leukemia which very sadly claimed her life.
Natalie has continued the store’s legacy of supporting NZ emerging and established fashion talent and has now grown the offering to include fresh new brands not previously available in the area. The online arm of the business opened last year followed by Natalie launching a capsule collection of her own called New Lands.
Angel Divine is a must visit for anyone passing through the mountain resort or looking for an awesome, curated selection of brands in one location online. Also keep your eyes peeled around these parts for an exciting collaboration coming up between Studio Home and New Lands! It’s LOVE!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.
Queenstown artist; Laura Shallcrass has just wrapped up a beautiful exhibition at Toi o Tahuna. This tine she extended past her intricicate signature line work to include paintings on ply and paper cut pieces. You can check it all out including what it available to purchase at her website and Aucklanders keep an eye out for some of it showing at The Poi Room.
I have admired the beautiful Lonely lingerie from a safe distance for a while now. Its not that I don’t think its amazing – because I absolutely do….its just that those fine little garments were never really going to be “supportive” enough for me if you get my drift… Until NOW!
They have just released a new range that includes underwire! Hallelujah!
I’ve just been busy browsing some of them on the brand new online store of Queenstown based, Angel Divine. Treat time maybe!
Annika Dawkins is one sparky soul. And a damn creative one at that! Having initially met her years ago in Queenstown, I have recently been working with her closely on a number of projects following the set up of her one stop shop creative agency; Ha Ha Media. Despite our many skype meetings, with me peering over her shoulder trying snoop at her space I got more than I bargained for when she finally let me check out the images here. Shantanu Starick of The Pixel Trade passed through her neighbourhood earlier in the year and in return for some hosting he shot some snaps of her awesome creative home. It’s hard to explain the drama of the Queenstown landscape, but lets just say this home was designed to allow it to creep through every window.All photography by Shantanu Starick as part of his project The Pixel Trade.
WHO: Annika Dawkins. I’m a maker of things. Designer, artist, jeweller. One half of Ha Ha Media, Creative Agency based in Queenstown. I trained as a jeweller at Dunedin School of Art. I could never focus on one specific medium or practice so I put my fingers into as many creative pies as possible. Furniture, lighting, painting, drawing and graphic design. I could’ve got a degree in talking if there was one! Is there one?
Paul Lambert works for Techno Alpin snowmaking systems. HQ is based in Bolzano, Italy and Paul travels the planet extensively working at different ski fields on their snow making systems. Lots of time in the snow, lots of driving and lots of hotels. He’s an amazing photographer and makes the most of being on the road and visiting some pretty crazy spots. You can check out his wicked street photography pics here and here!
Frankie our ginger puppycat is the boss. She’s a rescue cat, someone abandoned her (grrr). She’s possibly the most loving caring and cuddly creature I’ve ever meet. Bless
WHAT: Our black box apartment is situated half way down Queenstowns main industrial street, Glenda Drive in Frankton. It’s a pretty tiny, one bedroom open plan space – with a fire, sliding doors as windows and a wet room bathroom. We have an office/workshop and storage area down stairs where Paul’s snow making equipment lives. Luckily enough there are two garden areas, front and back, we’d both go bonkers if we didn’t have a garden!
WHERE: It’s a gorgeously sunny spot with incredible views over the Shotover River, Crown Range and also the Remarkables. We love living in the industrial area. We’re both pretty fond of the somewhat overlooked down and dirty parts of cities, so this spot suits us to perfectly. It’s slightly ironic to be living in such an breathtaking town and feel at home beside shipping containers and forklifts! We’re surrounded by electricians, lawn mower shops, car groomers etc…pretty handy neighbours!
DESCRIPTION: We’ve lived in various suburbs around town, in pretty old and big houses, which equates to bone chilling winters and enormous power bills. Our mission was to find something new, small, double garage space for a workshop, it had to have a garden and allow us to have pets. Boom – we found it and it ticked all our boxes! People often feel sorry for us when they find out the where we live ” Oh you poor things, it must be horrible, why don’t you shift into town” ha ha! We feel sorry for people stuck in middle suburbia! Most of our visitors are pretty blown away that a space like this exists in Queenstown, let alone the “Dark Side” of town. I adore the light in the space & you feel very involved with the weather with the enormous windows. Lying in bed watching the fire while a snow storm is coming through is pretty incredible. Compact living has its challenges, storage and space for all our stuff, so I found a reason to collect old suitcases for storing our linen and towels in. I’ll pretty much collect anything if I can find more than 3 of them.
I’ve been collecting vintage objects since I was 13, maybe 60% of them are in our house – the rest live with my mother! It’s brilliant having a house that showcases our stuff instead of battling with other peoples hideous interior design choices. When I met the owners (who live in Greece on an olive grove), I hugged them long and hard and thanked them for making the bestest house in all the land!