One year ago today • After two long flights and a relatively short one, I finally touched down in Auckland to begin the New Zealand adventure • Fast forward one day and I was holed up in the hostel with a very sunburnt nose and forehead 🦐 ☀️
🇨🇵 Notre deuxième Great Walk en Nouvelle-Zélande au parc national d'Abel Tasman où nous avons fait du kayak le premier jour et marché ensuite 3 jours dans ce parc magnifique 🇬🇧 Our second Great Walk in New Zealand in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. One day kayaking and 3 days walking #abeltasmannationalpark#newzealandvacations#newzealandguide
Nave of Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington, New Zealand.
The Heritage New Zealand website (http://www.heritage.org.nz) offers the following description of this breathtakingly beautiful church. “One of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places, Old St Paul’s was built by the Anglican Church between 1865 and 1866 on what was originally the site of Pipitea Pā, a Māori settlement on Wellington’s waterfront. Constructed from fine native timbers, the church is a handsome sight from the outside. Inside, it is simply breathtaking. Soaring arches lend the appearance of an upturned galleon, a shapely form enhanced by transepts and other additions which were seamlessly incorporated as the congregation grew. Spectacular lighting gives the interior a rosy glow, enriching the appearance of brass fittings, stained glass windows and exquisitely embroidered furnishings. It is a glorious riot of colour and light, with splendid acoustics a memorable accompaniment.
As well as being one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world, the former cathedral is a repository of many interesting stories, including that of its own survival. Having served the Anglican community up to the 1960s, it was threatened with demolition after the new St Paul’s was built one block away. Saved, restored and reopened to the public, today Old St Paul’s stands not only as a place of spiritual significance and a venue for special events (including weddings and concerts) but also as a reminder of one of New Zealand's great heritage battles.” #earth_shotz#special_shots#ig_myshots#travelphoto#earthpix#instatravel#travel#travelgram#travelog#travelphotography#traveltheworld#ig_newzealand#newzealandvacations#newzealandguide#wellington#wellingtonnz#architecturephotography#architecture#cathedral#oldstpauls#oldstpaulschurch#oldstpaulscathedral
The local low-down this week comes from Oamaru, a funky town in New Zealand’s South Island, which happens to be the Steampunk Capital of the World.
In the late 19th Century Oamaru was also the most leveraged town in the world. When industry boomed, spectacular limestone buildings went up, and today they are regarded as some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. Anyone travelling down to Moeraki Boulders should definitely stop here on the way.
22DEC17 - One day before the Summer Solstice, so it’s a heck’ve a late sunset. A tripod, a 30-second exposure irons out the water ripples, a high f-stop (like 18) brings everything fore and background into focus. Go give it a nudge 📷
The Western shores of New Zealand South Island are pretty much like this. Dashed limestone walls washed and eroded by the power of the Tasman Sea, combined with rainforests and beautiful sand beaches. In the distance, you will find the Southern Alps. Some view I have never seen before.
This was as ice cave on the Tasman glacier. The frightening thing is that the more popular fox glacier on the west coast will be so far inland in two years that it will no longer be economic to run trips there. Seeing the effects of global warming up so close makes you really stop and think.