Thursday, August 23, 2012

{ new zealand: part one }

Hello! I know it's been a long while since my last post but I'm now back & raring to go after returning from the most wonderful few weeks away in the crisp, cold and beautiful New Zealand. I've literally over a thousand photos - so this is very much just a snapshot - but thought I would share a few of this beautiful place and time. There are many stories to go with it all but as they say, a picture tells a thousand words so I will let these do the talking. 

My favourite way to discover a new place is with an early morning run... we started off in Queenstown so imagine how great it was to wake to days like this. So much beauty and inspiration.

We day-tripped to quaint little towns, snowcapped mountains and beautiful wineries. There's just no better way to re-enegise and rejuvenate than with fresh air, beautiful surrounds and great coffee, food and wine. In my opinion, New Zealand takes the cake on all of this.

After a few days easing into holiday mode, we then headed up to Taupo on the north island for five absolutely magical days at the most amazing lodge nestled on Huka Falls. 

Words cannot describe this place. The natural beauty was just awe-inspiring; 
the lodge itself was immaculately appointed, the gardens perfectly manicured, 
the food world-class, and the staff and service were all just perfection. 
It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far and I dare say for a long time to come.

Perfect in every way.

From there, we headed south to Martinborough to make our way back up again via the beautiful wine and agricultural country. The gardens, flowers and lush landscape were a horticulturalist's dream!

Then finally we arrived at another magical place to mark the halfway point of this wonderful trip
at the amazing River Lodge, nestled on the Tuki Tuki River in Hawkes Bay.

Well I hope you've enjoyed these snaps so far - there's heaps more to come! So pop back soon as I can't wait to show you the rest.

Until then! Pip xx 

PS. All photos taken by me on my iPhone. They're pretty great these days.


Kate said...

Pip! What gorgeous photos! Did you take them on your phone or camera? I have been to Queenstown and Taupo on previous NZ trips and am hitting up Hawkes Bay this December when I head over for a friend's wedding. Gorgeous country in Summer or Winter. Loved your woolly and warm outfits xxx

Pip Boydell said...

Thanks Kate! Yep all on my phone... it's credit to Mr. Jobs, those things are amazing - the photos just take themselves. Wow a wedding in Hawkes Bay would be divine... very hjealous as I would love to do a summer trip too. I'll watch keenly for your photos in a few months time! In the meantime I am going to re-live my trip via slideshow - what a beautiful place it is. xx

Spots & Stripes said...

Wow, it makes me want to go on holiday now too. Also, I have nominated you Pip for a Liebster Award. See the details here:

stephiy88 said...

What a gorgeous post Pip! Did you go skiing? You don't realise how much there is see and do in and around Quuenstown. 1000photos!?! So easy to do on your phone, I had to stop taking them because how many photos of snowed capped mountains do you really need?

stephiy88 said...

Check out this amazing blog. Amazing photos from their trip to NZ

Pip Boydell said...

Thansk Spots & Stripes for the nomination I will keep it going! xx

Pip Boydell said...

Steph - it's WONDERFUL isn't it I was loving your Instagram photos. I know - so many mountains, so many green fields and with my flower obsession so many of them too! Also - so funny you mentioned Brooke's blog - I used to work with her back in my advertising days she is a beautiful girl and SUPER SUPER talented so thanks for the heads up! PS Steph - I was only just informed the other day of the Young family connection I never knew! What a small world. This means we're practically family :) xx

jane. said...

Beautiful Pip.
I've so enjoyed following your intagrams! Jx

Lauren said...

Looks like you had an amazing time away!!! I bet you have lots of new ideas for you beautiful paintings!!! x

Kimberlee @ Brown Button said...

LOTS of envy going on right now pip- and how gorgeous do you look in all the pics! What a stunning holiday. I must get over to NZ, I love a winter holiday. xxx

Kimberlee @ Brown Button said...

oh and PS - loved that my darling friend (and photographer for my shop!), Grace bought one of your paintings! Was showing her your divine work and next thing you know she is telling me she has 'snapped a piece up' - love it xxx

Pip Boydell said...

Hi Kimberlee! Yes NZ is such a must In Winter, a few people thought it silly to go in the heart of the chill (particularly as I am useless in the cold!)- but so glad we went then and embraced it. And Grace - isn't she gorgeous?! Such a great girl shes been lovely and Im thrilled for her to have the one she picked, it's one of my faves! I love how small the world becomes online! Xx

Pip Boydell said...

Thanks Jane - and I yours! x

Pip Boydell said...

Hi Lauren - that's right so many ideas it's almost crippling as now I don't know where to begin! A great problem to have though. Thanks for stopping by, Pip xx

Gild and Grace said...

Love your nz snaps Pip! It is such a beautiful place. My mum is from a small town at the bottom of the south island so have spent some time down there. Queenstown and Arrowtown are my favourites :)

Abbey x