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Sunday walk along Eastern Walkway loop to Breaker Bay

It was beautiful weather on Sunday and really hot considering we are now officially in Autumn, so we decided that a long walk and a picnic was the best way to spend the day. I was really in the mood to go to the coast and get some sea air. I really love the coastline that runs down from Miramar looking out to Fitzroy Bay, it is full of amazing black and grey rock formations and some lovely beaches. You cannot just walk the coastline along the seafront as the beaches are broken up by rocks and cliffs so we decided to walk over the top and look out onto the views from the Eastern Walkway and then drop back down to the sea and walk back along Breaker Bay cutting into the shore when possible.

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This walk was a perfect one to get back into doing longer walks. It was about 2 hours 20 mins door to door with breaks for lunch and water stops. The walk was mainly flat with a few sections of ups and downs but all manageable.

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We found the perfect spot to break for lunch with amazing views and in the shade. It was the best way to enjoy our packed lunch of peanut butter and banana sandwiches for me and a more conventional ham sandwich for J.

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As the view bends round as you continue the walk, you then get great views inland to Miramar and the airport.

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Below you can see the tiny strip that is Wellington Airport with water on either side. You can see why on a typical windy day it’s a bit hairy landing here.

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J went to check out a rather large fish on the shore that had caught the attention of all the resident seagulls.

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A Saturday in the Wairarapa & Cape Palliser

After coming back from Christmas holiday we decided that we wanted to explore more of the surrounding area of Wellington. So our first day trip was to take advantage of the Martinborough Fair in the Wairarapa, supposedly the biggest fair in NZ, which after seeing it I think is true. We spent a few hours walking round and checking it out, it was a good spot for people watching and there was s a lovely bonsai stand with a mini juniper tree that took my fancy.

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When we were done there (and hungry) we went to The Vineyard Cafe for lunch, I picked it because the food looked good without being to expensive or fancy and there was plenty of outside seating in a pretty setting. The location was great to enjoy eating outside looking onto the vines, but it was very very hot, so a more flexible umbrella policy would have been appreciated (we were told they couldn’t put them up because the wind was unpredictable, but there was not a whisper of wind, which the windmill in the distance confirmed, and it was like that for the time that we were there). The food was nice, just fine, not great, but it was a lovely spot. J had the BLT with chips and I had the halloumi salad, which was so good that I asked what halloumi they used and it was the Zany Zeus variety that you can get from Commonsense Organics or Moore Wilson’s in town.

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After lunch we drove from Martinborough to Cape Palliser along Palliser Bay. The drive was stunning and it is such a beautiful stretch of coast line. We made our way first to the Cape’s Lighthouse which you have to climb about a million steep stairs to get to, up was fine but down was a bit scary if you don’t like heights.

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When we were done taking in the views we headed back down the steps and drove to a really pretty beach we had spotted on the way and just spent some time people watching and enjoying the surroundings. J went to hang out on a big rock and I watched the guy fishing make a catch, cut it and clean it in the stream water.

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It was great to explore more of the surrounding area of Wellington and I had no idea how beautiful that stretch of coast line would be, it even rivalled a lot of the South Island!

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Birthday in Wellington – Camping on Matiu/Somes Island and 7 Days Live!

J had planned to take me to Somes Island, an island in the centre of Wellington Harbour that is home to Tuatara, skinks, penguins and giant weta. No one lives on the island and it was one a quarantine centre and an internment camp. I was a little nervous about getting the 20 minute ferry over as the weather in Wellington can change drastically in the blink of an eye. But once I was on the boat it was actually really fun and great to see a different view of Wellington. It was the last ferry on a Saturday at 3pm, so we were the only ones going to the island, as as it turned out we had it to ourselves for the night.

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The ferry arrives…

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By Wellington… see you tomorrow!

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Never been on the Wellington harbour before

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Looking back to our home on Mount Vic

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Noticed that the shipping containers are still knocked over after the quake

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Fun!

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Approaching Somes Island

Windy!

Windy!

Once we arrived on the island we had to go through very strict quarantine to make sure we had nothing we were not meant to and to make sure we hadn’t picked up any hitchhikers. The island is pest free and they are working very hard to keep it that way. Once we were cleared by the very nice warden of the island we set off up the hill to drop off our bags and went off to explore the island….

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Stunning coloured water

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We soon found the perfect spot for our pastry and coffee

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Weta Hotel

Weta Hotel

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Weta orgy!

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Walking around the island

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NZ parakeet that are all over the island

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Views back to Wellington

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The islands guest book lives in here

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Very peaceful!

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The sun starts to set

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Tent is up and ready! I’ve even got my pillow for a birthday treat

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Family of geese

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The old battlements being closely guarded

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The view out over where the inter islander comes into Wellington harbour from the South Island

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Manuka flowers

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A few things from the visitors centre

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Love this coastline!

After touring the island and successfully putting up the tent is was dinner time! So we headed back to that beautiful spot we found earlier to settled down to enjoy our tuna baguette and coffee with the sun setting.

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Back to the same spot for dinner looking onto Wellington city

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Beautiful rays of light over the city

After dinner we walked around the island some more until dusk and then we went to camp out by the shore where the penguins would come in when they were ready to return to land after a day at sea. We waited a good hour and a bit but eventually they arrived.

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Little blue penguins arriving back home from their day in the sea

After sighting the fury little creatures we got our torches out and did a circuit of the island in the dark on the hunt for giant weta, tuatara and skinks….

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Our first sighting of a giant Weta, you have to be carful not to stand on them in the dark

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The Wellington Tree Weta

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For some reason he wanted to hold it

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New Friend

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They are a bit gross!

After a successful night hunting giant weta we went to ‘bed’ in the tent and on my birthday morning I was woken up to all manner of creatures making sounds, but especially the parakeet! J got up and made me bacon sandwiches and tea which we had outside next to the tent looking out over the native bush of the island.

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Birthday breakfast on the island

Birthday Breakfast!

Birthday Breakfast!

Bye Bye Somes Island

Bye Bye Somes Island

A year older and back on the ferry back to Wellington

A year older and back on the ferry back to Wellington

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Back home, washed and ready for cake!

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J made me a lemon drizzle cake with poppy seeds.

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Birthday wish!

After cake and tea…. and a pretty strong birthquake (5.5) we headed into town as J had got us tickets to 7 days live, which is like the Kiwi version of Have I got News For You, except funnier with comedians instead of politicians. We watch it every Friday so it was awesome to be in the audience at the Opera House.

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Waiting for 7 Days Live @ The Opera House (the kiwi version of ‘Have I Got News For You’

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7 days live!

7 days live!

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Waiting for our giant pizza from Tommy Millions after the show in Courtney Place

It was a fantastic birthday and I so enjoyed being in Wellington to celebrate it!

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A Welly Weekend

Wellington is our favourite city to live in out of all the places we have been. Every weekend it presents us with new things to do and on a sunny day it turns your weekend into a mini holiday. So we wanted to share the sunshine, food, amazing views, relaxed vibes and beautiful scenery of one our Wellington weekends with you!

On Saturday we started the day in quite a lazy fashion and then headed down Mount Victoria to the beach which is just over 5 mins from our house. On a day like today it was full of Wellingtonians and tourists eating ice-creams, working-out, relaxing and when the water gets a bit warmer swimming. Also, one day if J can do something about it, playing water polo!

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The view of the city from our road in Mount Victoria

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The city

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Coming down to Oriental Parade

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Lovely Oriental Parade Beach, only 5 mins from the city centre

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The beautiful houses or Oriental Parade

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Walking the promenade

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Walking around Oriental Parade to the harbour front

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Looking back to Mount Victoria

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Look out over the boats down to the Rimutakas

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A full marina ready for Wellington’s famous wind

Wellington living up to its reputation!

Wellington living up to its reputation!

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Max Patte’s harbour statue – Solace of the Wind – leaning north into those gales!

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The walk into the city on the sea front

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The seafront helipad where helicopters land or take off next to the blue bridge ferry

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A spot of lunch from the harbour food huts

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Walking further into the city via the bars and restaurants

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After walking through the city, we jumped on the cable car up to the botanical gardens

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Up we go!

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A view over the bay watching the cable car go back down

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A coffee stop at the botanical gardens cafe looking over the city

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A great view!

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Coffee time!

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It gives you a great sense of the geography of the city

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The city and home on Mount Victoria

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A walk through the botanical gardens

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Beautiful rolling gardens

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A view down to the Rose Garden

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A view from the other side of the rose garden

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A fern serpent

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Beautiful native forest

We finished the day with a walk home and a quiet night in making dinner. We woke up on Sunday to the most beautiful day which was a treat after the week of storms and floods. There was only one thing to do with such a beautiful day and that was to head down to Coenes Eatery on the waterfront and have fresh juice and brunch. A treat on the short walk down was to find all the navy warships in the harbour having returned from rescuing the tourists and locals from Kaikoura who needed to be evacuated after the 7.8 earthquake a week ago.

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Warships in the harbour from Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand

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The flotilla had been rerouted to help in Kaikoura from their scheduled naval review in Auckland for the New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary.

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The city looking stunning!

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When you live on a hill you get used to LOTS of steps!

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I love the fresh juices @ Coenes Eatery – Mine was a carrot and apple and J’s was an orange

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This is the view out of my open window

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Scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and bacon! Yum!

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A full Kiwi

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Perfect coffee to hang out a bit more and take in the view

After brunch we walked back up to the house, grabbed the car and drove to do a hike in the Otari Wilton Bush about 15 mins drive away.

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Native bush

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Making sure we head off on the right route

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J powering ahead

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We arrive at the top and enjoy the view

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Suburban Wellington

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The path laid out in front of us

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Some earthquake debris

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The quake changed the face of this walk

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Hoping more doesn’t suddenly fall down

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The burbs

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The walk quite ‘country’ towards the end

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Moo….

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J spotted two parrots kissing but I only managed to get a shot of one

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Kereru (New Zealand Wood Pigeon)

And so a relaxing and delicious weekend in Wellington was over!

 

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Labour Day Weekend in Tongariro National Park

After working through the previous weekend at a conference in New Plymouth, we were keen to make the most of the three day weekend and decided on a trip to Tongariro National Park and to stay in the legendary Chateau Tongariro, commonly described as a cross between the Grand Budapest Hotel and the hotel from The Shining. J wanted to go to this area as it’s littered with volcanoes literally everywhere you turn.

The drive was about 4 and a bit hours from Wellington and we had a stunning day for it getting amazing views of Kapiti Island as we left Wellington. Apart from a brief stop to buy supplies and a giant bag of sweet and salty popcorn (which didn’t even last a few hours) we were soon in Tongariro in the central North Island. As we had been sitting all day we took to opportunity to take a short walk to one of the waterfalls a few minutes drive from the hotel. Only a 20 minute stroll it is worth it to see the beautiful New Zealand bush and the calm waterfall and river.

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The drive up to the Chateau is quite spectacular as it comes into view, with a freshly snowy volcano on one side and ‘Mount Doom’ on the other. It was a great place to stay, nice rooms, great views and lots of amenities such as cafes, cinema, bars etc. right on your doorstep.

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On Sunday we got up early to do the Tama lakes walk, which starts off in beautiful forest and past amazing waterfalls. It then climbs up to quite open country and then on two twin craters which are now lakes. The lower lake is a stunning colour, especially with the snow in the background and after a bit of a hike up the ridge you reach the upper lake which looks quite epic framed by Mount Doom. After reaching the top we rested for lunch, taking in the wonderful views before making our way back down and to the hotel. The walk was about 5 hours in all and was all quite manageable apart from the last section from the lower lake to the upper lake which was much trickier.

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On our way…

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Mount Doom

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Love the trees in NZ

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Beautiful bush

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Happy Trampers!

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What a view from the top!

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Mount Taranaki in the distance 220 km away

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Mount Doom LOTR

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Me and a volcano

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First sight..

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Lower Lake

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Taking in the view

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A rest before hiking up the ridge to the top lake

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Lunch Time!

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What a spot

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Last look before the decent

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Lower lake on the way down.

The next day, a bit sore from the walk, we decided to do a more gentle walk for day two and walk the Ohakune old coach road where the coaches used to travel south from Auckland. It was a more overcast day, but a lovely walk to do via the old tunnel and the viaduct.

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You can see all the old cobbles on the track

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J taking the lead into the tunnel.

J taking the lead into the tunnel.

Starting to get scary!

Starting to get scary!

The Viaduct

The Viaduct

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I was to scared to walk it alone and made J come back to hold my hand.

I was too scared to walk it alone and made J come back to hold my hand.

Lunch time

Lunch time

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To check out the hotel we stayed at, Chateau Tongariro, CLICK HERE

Our Chocolate Lovers Sharing Platter

A gentle walk to Gibraltar Rock and and afternoon eating chocolate in Governors Bay

With a small opportunity to take some relaxation days in the weekdays we decided to enjoy the amazing winter weather and take off to the Port Hills on Friday to go on a gentle walk through some beautiful New Zealand bush and up onto Gibraltar Rock. Just an 45 minute walk but with some big rewards in terms of views and one of the best places in ChCh just to sit on a big rock and look at the landscape.

Just of summit road on the way to Governors Bay

Just of summit road on the way to Governors Bay

Beautifully maintained by local volunteers.

Beautifully maintained by local volunteers.

The broom is adding some gorgeous colour to the landscape.

The broom is adding some gorgeous colour to the landscape.

Views of the Southern Alps from the top.

Views of the Southern Alps from the top.

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Awesome views

Views back over the port hills.

Views back over the port hills.

My perch

My perch

Back in the car and on our way over to Governors Bay

Back in the car and on our way over to Governors Bay

J taking some broom for us to take home

J taking some broom for us to take home

He was victorious over this very spiky but beautiful plant.

He was victorious over this very spiky but beautiful plant.

What a view for tea time at She Cafe

What a view for tea time at She Cafe

The She Cafe is in an awesome spot on Governors Bay and is known for its chocolate but it also does delicious looking lunches and breakfasts. We had the The Chocolate Journey a “Chocolate Lover’s Sharing Platter” for $27.9 promising  a journey through the evolution of chocolate with tastings from the cacao bean to the finest truffles. Including: Cacao beans, cacao butter, single origin chocolate, chocolate fondue, chocolate thins, chocolate moments, seasonal truffles and tasting notes for a true chocolate appreciation. J paired it with Chocolate Bean Husk tea and I had a pomegranate and manuka honey white tea.

Our Chocolate Lovers Sharing Platter

Our Chocolate Lovers Sharing Platter

Always good to try new things…. Brie and chocolate

Always good to try new things…. Brie and chocolate

The best bits were the fondue, which was really yummy and the chocolate thins with pumpkin seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds toasted in tamari. The 100% chocolate was too strong for me and I think its a bit of an acquired taste. I highly recommend going there on a sunny day and enjoying something new or just a bowl of chips (as they also looked amazing!).

She Universe

79 Main Rd. Governors Bay
Christchurch 8971

Open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 5pm Weekends.

http://sheuniverse.com

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Camping in Hakatere Conservation Park – New Zealand in the winter.

Now we are all set-up with our camping gear we decided to brave the cold and go camping in the winter.  We chose an area we know well and made this trip more about finding a nice spot to camp than doing a really long tramp. We walked the Mystery Lake track for about 4 hours and then found an awesome spot to camp looking out over Mount Sunday.

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Off into the wild…

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Frozen streams

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Beautiful colours even in the Winter

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Looking back over Mesopotamia

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Awesome views after a fairly easy climb

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Super cool topography

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It got surprisingly hot and J thought he would audition for the new Pocari Sweat advert

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Another great Canterbury skyline

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Another gently climb

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Great views into the valley

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The weight is not really evenly distributed with me just carrying my little backpack

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Our little tent put up in no time

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Lake views off in the distance

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Afternoon coffee time

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Sunset has started

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Taking in the view before the sun goes down 

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Dinner Time!

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Testing this out for the first time

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With the temperature dropping fast J got straight onto making a small fire

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Warming our pie by the fire

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The best part of camping is what you see in the morning when you open the tent!

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It was about -7degrees last night and we were a bit cold but it was worth it for the sunrise

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Wearing 6 layers and looking a little worse for wear but feeling happy!

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Hot coffee in the morning thanks to our CampII

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About an hour from the car and the weather is stunning again

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Just us and the cows

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It was a fun trip but a very cold night. The highlight was using our new Camp II and making a hot dinner and a fire to warm us. A very relaxing trip!!!

 

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Brexit or Eunited Kingdom?

I’m posting this because there have been moments during the lead up to the Brexit referendum when I genuinely did not know which way I would vote. Plugging into the mainstream debate has been of great help and I wanted to share why.

This may seem a little unusual given that the debate has been less about the political, social and economic issues and more like being asked to pick between end of days cults. Both camps have their scare story: your choice is between a Hitler run Europe or a world war. Since the referendum vote involves no third option or middle ground, from the point of view of the two campaigns, whichever way you vote some nightmare scenario looms in the post 23/06/16 world.

When I vote, I knew that I would be wanting to vote to make something inspiring happen, not to appease my fears. This here is where the debate has so far fallen short. UKIP’s success over the last years has been in conjuring up a self-confident Albion ready to engage with the world on British terms. “Leave”, on the other hand promises just exit and isolation, while “Remain” is such an insipid term that its passivity can squeeze any passion from those arguing we should be attempting to achieve great communal things in Europe.

This begs the question, why the focus, in both camps on the other side’s doomsday scenario. Well, it seems that very occasionally the underwhelming reality of success is let slip. For Leave, Lord Lawson admits that the “the choice is to be isolated inside Europe or to be isolated outside”. Meanwhile, David Cameron says the EU is “immensely frustrating” and leaves him feeling “annoyed” and “crazy”. It’s also a way to avoid talking about your sides biggest hurdles. Leave doesn’t want to talk about the fact it can’t point to maintaining our current economic position and Remain will not address the current closed-door decision-making that determines EU policy.

On top of this, we can’t trust either campaign. Not because of what they are saying about the current status quo but more because of what they are saying about what happens next; their elephants in the 24/06 room. This is a single-issue referendum. As such Leave don’t represent a single political party and anything one of their ‘leaders’ promises about how the post-EU Britain would look, trade or police its borders has no actual way of becoming national policy. Likewise for Remain, if the Eurozone decides to forge an ever-closer fiscal union, this would be a decision that an EU Britain would not be able to prevent.

Then there is the problem that the standout issue of this debate, immigration, is not being talked about honestly. Leave leaders know that immigration from outside the EU to the UK is higher than that from within the EU. Believe Leave and the UK would use its new control of our borders to bring down immigration, but the government has the power to reduce immigration from outside the EU now and it is not doing so. Also Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, non-EU members, must allow free-movement of EU workers into their countries to have access to the European single market. Clearly though, the mass movement of people (refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants) from outside the EU is a logistical and ethical challenge for the EU. However, it is not a problem made by EU law: outside of the EU, the UK like the EU would still have to deal with this logistical and ethical reality.

And it’s not just Leave telling porkies about immigration. For years, Remain leaders have not listened to people’s worries about immigration. As our national politicians, they have portrayed people fears about the impact of immigration as racist. However, the reality is that being worried about the impact 300,000 people moving to our country is not racist: it’s about school places, access to the NHS, job security and wages, house prices, benefits and changes to the community. In short, immigration touches on all the areas of public government that we believe the 21st century nation state is responsible for. These areas are still within our national control but it’s been easier to blame immigrants rather than fix taxes so that a fair share of the profits made by business, because of free movement, is spent on improving public services.

So this is how the debate has helped me know how to vote. I know that the EU can be democratically unaccountable and that ultimately there is something un-European about the UK’s ‘one foot in, one foot out’ relationship with the EU, when the rest of the continent is going ahead with a monetary union (that will require a fiscal union if it is to survive).

Stronger than this though is that I do buy into the blame game that our problems and inequities are made in Brussels. Look at the list of concerns over immigration: this is a list of government policy areas, worries about these stem from Westminster – unfairness in UK is our responsibility. On Friday, the nation will be seriously divided, so in or out, the emphasis will have to be on what unites us and makes us better together. That’s OK though because we have a history of just such unity. Political union is what makes this Kingdom exist; focusing on how we can face problems together is our legacy and today we all face global problems. So I’m voting in because I think working out how we can make the EU fit for our 21st Century futures is a moonshot made for Britain.

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P.S. If you feel compelled to vote to regain our sovereignty, it may be worth remembering that at this very moment, a 3rd generation German immigrant is the head of our armed forces, puts people in jail, can summon and dismiss Parliament and the Prime Minister, and veto any legislation made in the Palace of Westminster. Before her, the power belonged to the Dutch and the Normans. In fact, through inter-marriage, we’ve been pooling sovereignty with Europe ever since the birth our democracy.

P.P.S. In researching for my vote I read articles across the spectrum online. One thing these all had in common is that the ‘below the line’ comments of Leavers actually sent shivers down my spine. In case you read this post, please Boarderguard54 don’t let this be your rationale when you cast your vote: “I may often be wrong, but never in doubt”.

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Brunch in Lyttelton and The Crater Rim Walkway

Last Saturday we were a bit stuck for ideas and both quite in the mood for bruch, so the perfect solution was to drive over to Lyttleton Harbour, have brunch in the famous Lyttleton Coffee Company and then walk up to and over the Crater Rim Walkway.

Brunch at Lyttleton Coffee Company did not disappoint and it was the best we have had in Christchurch. Service, view, food, coffee all get a 10/10.

J had the Full Kiwi and I had poached eggs with bacon

J had the Full Kiwi and I had poached eggs with bacon

Our view over the harbour as we ate brunch

Our view over the harbour as we ate brunch

We grabbed a white chocolate, passion fruit muffin for later and headed up the hill to the start of the Urumau Reserve track ( No.5 on pic below), which takes about 45mins – hour to get to the top of the crater. It is quite steep and you have to climb in places but very manageable. Then we walked along the crater rim (Track 3) until reaching the Pioneering Womens Memorial and then returned down to Lyttleton via The Bridal Path (Track 1) which took about an hour or just over. It was the best walk so far on the port hills and I would highly recommend it.

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Mid way through the climb to the top

Mid way through the climb to the top

View back over Lyttleton

View back over Lyttleton

3/4 of the way up, having to climb in places now

3/4 of the way up, having to climb in places now

The track levels out and the last section of the track is easy

The track levels out and the last section of the track is easy

Awesome rock formations when walking along the rim

Awesome rock formations when walking along the rim

Bit more uphill section

Bit more uphill section

Walking over the top of the crater

Walking over the top of the crater

Lovely views

Lovely views

Top of the rim

Top of the rim

Cool red rocks

Cool red rocks

Back around to the other side and down we go via an easy track

Back around to the other side and down we go via an easy track

For more information about walking in the Banks Peninsular CLICK HERE!

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Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Wanaka

One of the cool things about working in New Zealand is they have lots of Public Holidays. To take advantage of the last one of the winter, before 3 whole months until the next, we went off to Wanaka, our favourite place in the South Island. On route we also stopped off in Tekapo because you cannot drive the 5.5 hours to Wanaka and not stop in Tekapo for bagels on top of the Mount St John and take in that amazing view.

In Wanaka we spent the weekend walking, eating delicious food and finally watching the very funny kiwi move ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ in our favourite, cinema Paradiso. I highly recommend you watch it for a good laugh and some insights into kiwi culture. It was a brilliantly relaxing weekend and I was so happy to see both Tekapo and Wanaka in the snow!

Apologies for the amount of pics but it was impossible to narrow the selection as there are so many stunning places….

From the top of Mount St John

From the top of Mount St John

Such an awesome view!

Such an awesome view!

Cristal blue water

Cristal blue water

Observatory

Observatory

Amazing!

Amazing!

Ready for breakfast after a 3 hour early morning drive.

Ready for breakfast after a 3 hour early morning drive.

Yummy!!!!!!!!!

Yummy!!!!!!!!!

I am in heaven!

I am in heaven!

What a view for breakfast

What a view for breakfast

Nearly time to go

Nearly time to go

Freezing!

I like to add some colour to the surroundings

The entrance to the Astro Cafe

The entrance to the Astro Cafe

Making our way down to the car park

Making our way down to the car park

The view from the carpark

The view from the carpark

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The direction we are going to drive in

One more last look...

One more last look…

Lake Wanaka from the centre of town

Lake Wanaka from the centre of town

Beautiful view

Beautiful view

Little walk up to the top of the hill behind the town

Little walk up to the top of the hill behind the town

Lake shore

Lake shore

Early morning walk up Mount Roy

Early morning walk up Mount Roy

Views over Wanaka in the early morning frost

Views over Wanaka in the early morning frost

Very cool cloud formations

Very cool cloud formations

Such stunning colours

Such stunning colours

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View around to the Dublin Bay side of the lake

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Beautiful

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Still a thin whisper of cloud

Going back down

Going back down

Very happy to sit out in the sunshine at Relish Cafe and eat chips and a delicious lamb chargrilled ciabatta

Very happy to sit out in the sunshine at Relish Cafe and eat chips and a delicious lamb chargrilled ciabatta

Wanaka in the afternoon

Wanaka in the afternoon

Stunning light

Stunning light

Sunset by the lake

Sunset by the lake

Skimming stones

Skimming stones

Sitting by the lake listening to Harry Potter audio books

Sitting by the lake listening to Harry Potter audio books and skimming stones

Sunset

Sunset

Last fisherman on the lake

Last fisherman on the lake

After skimming stones

After skimming stones

Happiness

Happiness

Wanaka at dusk

Wanaka at dusk

Catching a glimpse of the giant eels and trout in the lake

Catching a glimpse of the giant eels and trout in the lake

Stroll before dinner at Thai Siam and then on to the cinema

Stroll before dinner at Thai Siam and then on to the cinema

Warming up by the fire

Warming up by the fire

Walk around the lake to Beacon Point before we head back to Christchurch

Walk around the lake to Beacon Point before we head back to Christchurch

Hard to leave this place

Hard to leave this place

So peaceful

Bye Wanaka!!!!!