Tuesday, 3 January 2012


We had a trip of 3 days and our first stop was in Picton about 4 1/2 hours drive from Christchurch. Picton is a little town that is even beautiful in the rain. From here the inter island ferry leaves for Wellington in the North Island. Picton is at the corner of the Malborough sounds which is 4000 m2 of sounds, islands, and peninsulas. An amazing area which is mainly accessible by boat. We already made plans with friends to make a boat trip at Easter time. From Picton we drove over the Queen Charlotte Drive towards Havelock were we stayed the night

Come in and have a look at the wonderful water world

Exotic palms along the waterside

A view on Picton with the Ferry terminal in the front

Lookout on the Queen Charlotte drive (a wonderful scenic road) onto the queen Charlotte Sound

A secluded bay with dramatic colours
Many New Zealanders have a bach, which is a little holiday house. If you look there is such a little treasure house in the corner and it has its own boot ramp.


  1. Especially love the bach in the bottom picture, Marja. It reminds me of my Uncle Cap's house on a lake in Northern Wisconsin right down to the boat dock.

    Happy New Year to you, once again. Can't say it enough.

  2. This looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :-) I live in Australia now & plan a trip sometime in 2012 or 2013 to NZ, and I will keep this place in mind! I hope you're doing well - It's been a while since I blogged or visited other blogs. Glad to see you're still blogging too! Ik wens je een prettig nieuwjaar!

    Greetings from - A Touch of Dutch blog

  3. It's so idyllic isn't it Annie.

    Good to see you. Tell me when you to New Zealand Would love to catch up

  4. We visited NZ a few times. It is a beautiful country. We drove along that road too it was windy but the views were stunning. Your photos are super and I love the back and its boat ®amp. How secluded.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful post and interesting images.

    A very happy New Year

    Helen xx

  6. So beautiful, Marja. Happy New Year to you and enjoy your holidays. How could you not?

  7. Hi Marja! Gelukkig nieuw jaar ! Ik heb steeds aan jullie gedacht en gehoopt dat jullie niet getroffen waren door de aardbevingen. Je foto's roepen herinneringen op van toen ik in NZ was met mijn dochter en kleinkinderen. De foto van Picton vind ik geweldig, want ik heb net zo'n foto.
    Ik wens jullie een heel goed jaar.

  8. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. Would love to own a bach in a place like that.

  9. There are so many wonderful nooks and crannies in your world … how lucky for someone to have a home nestled in the foliage. This four-hour drive was certainly worth it to get to such a beautiful place, Marja. :)

  10. What a beautiful pictures, the Charlotte Sound reminds me of Norway, it is like a fjord.

  11. Awesome pictures! I love the bach picture the most. Very peaceful and I like to imagine myself on the end of that pier.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  12. #1 I need to move to New Zealand
    #2 I love the idea of the Bach.
    Your pics are stunning as usual, WOW!

  13. Lovely photos. Looks like a gorgeous place. Must be even more stunning when the sun is shining ;-)

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    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

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    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39 Bajo C
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com, where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

  15. Marja, your pictures are so beautiful!
    Someday, I hope to visit New Zealand!
    My daughter and her husband were there on their honeymoon in 2009 and loved it!

    Happy New Year!

    Margie x

  16. Nice photos Marja; I think Picton is charming, rain or no rain.


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