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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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Jucy - car and van rentals in New ZealandThis 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
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One Percent Collective “Superhero”

One Percent Collective - join the giving revolutionThis vid is absolutely awesome!!
Not only is it a super duper creative production out of our own Wellywood, but also a masthead for what modern charities can do and how they can communicate their missions!
You will have all noticed that I support the efforts of local project; the One Percent Collective and if you ever wondered why, then check out the almighty effort they have gone to to communicate to YOU how you can be effective. At the very least take a look at the vid (totally worth your time…love it)  and do your social concience a favour and read all about them here.

Directed by:  Mark Albiston

If you can’t see the vid on your phone – click here!

 

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Kowtow – “Support Surface”

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I simply love Kowtow for their unwavering, crazy originality, beautiful fabric, dedication to sustainable business practice, acessible pricing AND the offering of clothing with attitude that is, by gad, SO COMFORTABLE!
Their most recent collection; Support Surface is dropping into their online store and I am battling to keep my credit card away from these pants… (and this hoody and these leggings and…)

I visited Gosia and her team in their Wellington studio last year.

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Nodi rugs

Nodi Rugs - New Zealand
It’s seriously a great pleasure to be the first to introduce NODI Rugs to all of you !
I got a legitimate prickle of excitement when I first opened the lookbook from designer Olivia Smith… sooooo refreshing to see plush rugs that are innovative, unique and attractive!!

Olivia has travelled extensively to induge her passion for design including studying Textile Design at The European Institute and working for several fabric houses based in Italy.
But India and that soft but persistant idea of creating something on her own crept up on her and off she went after it. She spent 6 months researching hand weaving and tufting techniques, meeting artisans and creating the production base to bring NODI to life.
And now she is back to her homebase of Wellington and ready to share her exciting collection.
Seriously…you’d have to agree NODI is a beautiful addition to the NZ owned design scene!

Wellingtonians, Olivia will have her collection on show at August, 13 Garret Street from the 14th to 18th of Feb. She would love to see any of you there and it would be a great opportunity to check the rugs out in person as she is still at the beginnings of her hunt to connect with like minded stockists.

I just want to say good luck Olivia! And it is my total aim to one day own one of these lush creations!

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Jane Denton

Jane DentonImage by Kirsty Gibson at the new Tea Pea store in Wellington.
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Jane Denton has been verrry busy with needle and thread again! Continuing on from where we last caught up with her – she has further developed her unique and beautiful pattern making and even taken a departure from her normal rainbow palette! Love it all.

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Use the code XMAS at the checkout.

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