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Tag Archives: South Island
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.See! The super pod of dolphins above??
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!
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 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.
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!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home …….. 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 – Christchurch – 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.
I was just finishing up sorting out some holiday pics to send to my family and thought that I’d share my Christmas Day with you. With my sister in Tasmania for an in-laws Christmas, I joined Mum and Dad, my Aunt, Uncle and cousins for a hot day on the Waiau River. One awesome part of my childhood was growing up on a farm bordering the river and jetboating was something we did a lot. We headed downstream for about 20 minutes or so and found a grassy bank with appropriate willow coverage. It was a BAKING hot dry Canterbury day so shade was vital. There was a lot of gorging on scallops and crayfish thanks to the diving skills of Cousin Sal and the culinary skills of Cousin Pen. Bliss. The river was amazingly warm in the shallows and perfect for wallowing with a bottle of bubbles. Everyone was totally wiped out at the end of the day, and I was able to reflect while dozing in the back of the car that the experience was so reminiscent of my childhood……and how extraordinarily lucky I was to think that.