Monday, 28 March 2016

Nelson lakes


We went to the Nelson Lakes for a few days over Easter and had a stop at St Arnaud a little community at Lake Rotoiti which is part of Nelson lakes


A classic little steam boat dropped off some tourists


Another end of Lake Rotoiti. The Lakes are beautiful. The only problem is you get eaten by the sand- flies. We were supposed to be armed with bug spray but the bottle was hidden in the suitcase on the first day so we did develop some bumps on arms and legs


We stayed for 3 nights at the Rotoroa lake which is part of Nelson lakes national Park as well. Lake Rotoroa is completely surrounded by Beech forest. Rotoroa is Maori for "Long lake" It is popular for trout fishing and there is a big hunting, fishing and adventure lodge at the start with this view.


If you don't like fishing you can go for a canoe trip of course (bring your own)


We were hiding in the chalet on the left. No TV, Internet or cellphone coverage here, but being in a piece of paradise we didn't miss it at all.


The view from our little house for 3 days. This view  continuously changed by the light and the fog. Gorgeous

We went for a walk in the bush with many ferns and a mossy beech forest floor. The men went up further to a waterfall but my friend had knee problems so we  stuck to the flat forest floor.


A quick walk to the Lake at night for some evening shots


and another and ..................


On the last day we drove  to the West Coast before heading home. You see many Easter island head like carvings on the West coast. They must have come from this shop.


In Greymouth there was plenty of driftwood. They even build a fort from it.


After picking up some nice pieces of driftwood, one more view from the window in the fort. Then fill up the car with Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin and Air from Bach and drive back home through paradise

23 comments:

  1. Hi Marja - wonderful shots ... NZ at its best - except for the sand-flies ... but I'm sure you all had a wonderful time - just being with nature ... cheers Hilary

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  2. New Zealand nature is really a paradise on earth. Your photos are wonderful and they do remember me to the time we were there, also collecting beautiful pieces of driftwood on the beach, but I had to choose because there was not enough room in our suitcases to take them all with us to Holland.

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  3. I can see you had a wonderful weekend in paradise, so nice to watch your beautiful nature.

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  4. It looks indeed like Paradise on earth. What a good idea to spend 3-nights at the Lake area without tv, internet, cellphone - and enjoy only what Nature has to offer and the recreational activities such as fishing and canoe trips!
    Your photos are astounding.

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  5. The lake is a pool of serenity and the lookout from the fort window frames the wonder of the region very beautifully, indeed!

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  6. Hi Marja, been missing your posts. Thanks for sharing that beautiful spot with us. I think I would have loved it there although I wonder if I would miss not having the internet!

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  7. Zo indrukwekkend mooi,op welke planeet woon jij?

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  8. what a nice ramble through your vacation world. can't help but count people lucky who live there. No internet? No Problem. At all.

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  9. What fabulous photos and scenery. You sure do live in paradise. Now I want to go there next time.

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    1. It is a bit of a wilderniss there but stunning so if you ever go then we show you the way and we know a nice holiday house

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  10. Oh Marja you and William go on wonderful adventures! Your photography definitely makes this trip seem like heaven on earth. That driftwood you collected I am sure you will make into something interesting.
    Namaste my dear friend.
    Peggy xxxx

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  11. No TV, Internet or cellphone coverage here...

    Given what is going on here in the States right now, that would be quite a nice situation.

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  12. Another beautiful part of this country to add to my bucket list!
    Great photos Marja and I won't forget the mozzie spray!

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  13. What wonderful scenery! I hope we can get down that way again soon!

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  14. Dear Marja.. What beautiful countryside.. Such a lovely place to spend Easter Holidays and I would imagine it was 3 days of bliss.. except for those sand flies :-)
    A belated Happy Easter my friend.. and Hope you are all well.. Lots of love Sue xxx

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  15. I've enjoyed this post a lot as I'm thinking of going back to Nelson Lakes at the end of the year. Your chalet looks beautifully located. I'm glad to be reminded of the sandflies, so I'll be sure to bring plenty of protection.

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  16. Your photographs are spectacular! What a wonderful place to visit. Today my husband asked me “where would you like to go on vacation if you could go anywhere?” my answer was “New Zealand.” With my husband’s illness though it is wishful thinking, so I love to look at your beautiful pictures.

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  17. What beautiful photos and the carvings that remind of Easter Island are quite something. Thank you so much for sharing as you do.

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  18. Looking forward to hearing about your latest adventure Marja.
    Keep well my friend.
    Peggy xxxx

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  19. These photos are beautiful such a Peaceful looking place, I can see why you love it. And I agree yes a real piece of paradise.. xxx Hugs Sue xx

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