I remember the smell of coffee from a distant memory.
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Over the next little while, we’re going to take you on a journey back to the beginning of KJet, formerly known as Kawarau Jet Services. In the summer of 1958, Harold and Alan Melhop owned an Invercargill engineering company which was also a dealership for the radical new Hamilton Jet 30. This revolutionary jet unit, was built and designed by Bill Hamilton who required a boat that could navigate across shallow and braided rivers of New Zealand’s South Island.
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As Elizabeth Lawrence said, “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” Now is the perfect time to do just that! (We’ll do it while we walk)
West Coast Golden Sunsets 🌅
Solitude is easy is to find in this region of New Zealand. The West Coast Region forms 9% of the Land area of New Zealand but only contains 1% of the Population.
1 51 hour ago
Day 12 of #Lockdown : dozy dogs - they like a good sleep but I don't think they've ever snoozed as much as these last few weeks.
Until this madness is over, there’s lots of time to plan your future adventures.
When planning your trip around Northland make sure to put this trip on your itinerary.
Puketi Eco Walk with @adventurepuketi, an intimate guided walk through the ancient Kauri Rainforest
2 295 hours ago
Pulling some images out from my wonderful time in New Zealand a few years ago. Certainly on my bucket list of places I have to return to ASAP. Quarantine has me pulling more images out of SD cards. Maybe not diamonds in the rough, but enough to make me nostalgic. #yourshotphotographer#newzealand#nz#bealpha
I walked down to the Wanaka tree the other day for sunrise and it was pretty weird to have the place to myself. Normally this time of year there are 30-40 photographers at the tree. I am looking forward to the lockdown to be lifted so I can head out into the backcountry again but right now I am thankful that I Wanaka has some beautiful scenery walking distance from my house. #wanaka#thatwanakatree
A few satellites shooting past ‘The Pot’ (Orion’s Belt) last night.
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One of the most popular walks in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Pass through Hooker Valley and walk along the Hooker River.
This National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock. Walking one of the tracks is the best way to experience this ancient landscape. 🏞️🏔️🌿
Canterbury, New Zealand 🇳🇿
🇩🇪 Ein Ziel ganz oben auf meiner Foto-Shotlist für unseren Neuseeland-Trip waren definitiv die "Three Sisters". Doch das scheinbar unkomplizierte Motiv hatte so seine Tücken, wie wir schnell feststellen mussten... 1: Die Zeit
Unser Zeitfenster für das Foto von den drei felsigen Schwestern betrug exakt drei Tage – denn nur so lange hatten wir eine Unterkunft in der Nähe.
2: Das Wetter
In den ersten der beiden möglichen Tage schwamm am Himmel ununterbrochen eine graue Wolkensuppe, immer wieder regnete es. Erst am dritten Tag versprach der Wetterbericht im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes einige Lichtblicke.
Diese Gelegenheit ließen wir uns natürlich nicht entgehen und machten uns mit reichlich Puffer zum Sonnenuntergang auf den Weg. Der Himmel riss endlich hier und da auf und wir freuten uns schon, die Felsen im untergehenden Sonnenlicht in Szene zu setzen. Doch es sollte anders kommen... 3: Die Gezeiten
Was wir bei unserer Planung jedoch nicht auf dem Schirm hatten: Ebbe und Flut! Als Kinder des Nordens wäre uns das sicherlich nicht passiert, aber im Schwarzwald kennt man derlei Kuriositäten eben nicht. Und so kam es, wie es kommen musste – bei unserer Ankunft hatte die Flut bereits den Strand erreicht. Aus der Traum vom Spaziergang zu den Felsen!
Wir beschlossen, auf die andere Seite der Bucht zu fahren und unser Glück mit der Drohne zu versuchen. Gerade noch rechtzeitig vor Sonnenuntergang ließ ich die @mavicpro also aufsteigen, um die Flugbedingungen zu testen und dann doch noch irgendwie diesen Sonnenuntergang einzufangen.
Since we can’t go on a real road trip right now, here’s a virtual one ☔️ This drive in New Zealand’s South Island is arguably one of the prettiest in existence but even more so on a rainy day when the valley walls are transformed into 1000’s upon 1000’s of waterfalls.
Music ~ Utah, On the Mountain by the sea
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I miss waking up and walking through Middle Earth in search of adventure. I used to hesitate when people asked what my favorite country was, now I just reply “New Zealand.” Too easy. Glad I got to spend my last week there road tripping and checking off the Hooker Valley hike I’d been wanting to do since long before I touched down in NZ.
Travelling has taught me many things, that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, that Condy’s Crystals are extraordinarily useful, that Beijing doesn’t allow aerosol sprays on the train. But probably the most important lesson I have learnt, or perhaps have come to realise, is that the things that make me happiest in life are free.
And it is so important to stop and appreciate those things.
Standing under a waterfall and feeling its powerful spray on my face. Hiking up a mountain in the dark of the night, and reaching the top as the sun slowly comes up. Or parking up, pulling out the blankets, and just sitting and watching the sun go down.
Travelling has taught me to appreciate these moments, these experiences, these feelings.
Travelling has given me the time and space to reflect and acknowledge the happiness I feel.
Travelling has encouraged me to learn the true meaning of gratitude.
And funnily enough, in a time where travel is not possible, I keep finding myself coming back to this lesson. Of appreciating the water falling on my face as I stand in the shower each morning. Of going for a run around the farm paddocks as the sun sets and the dark of night arrives. Of pulling the duvet up in bed and watching the sun slowly come up through the window.
The travel may not be there right now. The sunrises may be watched from the window rather than atop a mountain. But the gratitude, the happiness, the appreciation that travel has taught me, is stronger than ever.
What has travel taught you? We would so love to hear. Maybe you have also had your (brand new) dry shampoo confiscated in Beijing and are still feeling disgruntled?
Change your perspective, try something new everyday, go for what scares you once in a while.
Life happens outside of your comfort zone.
18 2982 April, 2020
I cannot describe how much I love the Tongariro National Park! The weather can change very dramatically, this was my attempt at walking the Crossing before having to turn back around. It was -6° with a mixture of snow fall and light breeze. This was the coldest condition I’ve ever been in! I’m definitely going back here this winter coming 🙂
Where do you wish to be at right now?⛰
29 7632 April, 2020
Lockdown means going back through my New Zealand snaps to see if can find anything new to post that I missed! Found this one of a moody cathedral cove! ☁️🇳🇿
21 4483 April, 2020
With so much doom and gloom about, here’s a nice photo for you to enjoy, a ray of light in dark times (see what I did there)
Day 1 of lockdown almost done here in New Zealand! How are you coping with whatever your situation may be in your part of the world? Here’s a throwback to happier times with a shot of Purakaunui Falls from a trip to the Catlins I took last winter!