Monday, 1 April 2013

A race through paradise

We have a tradition to go on a trip with our friends with Easter. When we go with them we usually have fantastic weather and it was no different this time. We drove about a 1000km in 4 days and it was great. I had a hard time deciding which pictures to show as there are too many. I will spread them over 4 posts.

 All people passing Lake Tekapo had a great time building towers on the beach. This was only one of many. William left a few behind as well.
 
The Hooker Valley track by Mount Cook was also on the agenda.
 
We spend the night in the small town Omarama famous for it's gliding as it is said to be the best mountain soaring side in the world. As a scouting leader years ago I had a go as well, as one of the leaders was a pilot. I only enjoyed the fantastic scenery after being sick. One of the kids went into a brand new plane where they hadn't put up any bags yet. The complete plane was decorated by him. Poor kid.
Love the rivers meandering through the rugged landscape 

A stop at Lake Wanaka to ponder at the beach

Next a coffee at New Zealand's oldest Hotel. A highlight for William as he could talk about motorbikes again.


Nice view on the way to Arrowtown and Queenstown

I always wanted to make a picture of these hay bales. Our friend fulfilled my wish by entering a farmers road so I could made this shot.
 
A bonus was that there were just a couple of paragliders jumping of the hill.

21 comments:

  1. What breath-taking scenery! And weren't you lucky with the weather. I always love those round hay bales too; so glad you got a picture of them.

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  2. great tour!
    how beatiful nieuwzeeland seems
    snow melted away and i don't know where your mother lives ii live near zandvoort

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  3. My mum lives in Wijchen Yvette, near Nijmegen

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  4. Spectacular photos Marja!
    So glad your tradition continues and also having perfect weather was certainly a bonus.
    Take care
    Peggy xxxxx

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  5. Thanks Peggy Yes we've been blessed. Hope you had a great Easter

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  6. You have amazing nature and landscapes in NZ. Must be so wonderful to drive around there. You can be lucky to have so much space there. We don't have that here anymore.

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  7. This is all so beautiful and breathtaking. It is on the South Island isn't it? I remember Wanaka and Queensland. Beautiful lake and city!

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  8. Great pictures - I think the hay bales make for good images.

    But the landscape as a whole in the real winner.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  9. Love the rivers meandering through the rugged landscape

    I've said it many times, New Zealand looks like heaven to me.

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  10. Hi Marja - stunning photos .. the route looks too beautiful for words .. and I'd love to visit one day - I have some friends there .. so perhaps I'll make it ..

    Gorgeous .. cheers Hilary

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  11. Lots of different scenery here. I just love the hayfield.

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  12. Fantastic pictures from NZ !
    the nature look so wild and great!

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  13. So many great pictures! Amazing scenery.

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  14. spetacular vistas. The one of the bend of the river and the round hay bales could serve on calendars.

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  15. Beautiful landscapes !! only you forgot to mention in which country you were ! I suppose it was New Zealand ?

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  16. Beautiful. I especially like the view on the way to Arrowtown and Queenstown. I was drawn in by the hay bale photo, which looks like it could have been taken here: Virginia, U.S.A. http://www.looseleafnotes.com/2013/04/the-thrill-of-daffodil-the-poetry-of-tea/

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  17. truly beautiful views! absolutely gorgeous!

    thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment! :)

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  18. what beautiful scenery. NZ is truly breathtaking.

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  19. Thanks for the great tour! I wonder what it is about hay bales because I love them, too.

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  20. Wow!Such a beautiful landscape,Marja!I wish I could be there too!Great tour!

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