There were various reasons for lots of local NZ travel in 2019, and fortunately I had the time often to not rush trips across the likes of Central Otago, e.g. Wanaka to Dunedin and return.
The images below are very roughly in chronological order, but being lots of them I’ve uploaded with speed in mind – life in 2020 is nice and full, and sitting at a keyboard is best kept to a minimum. Enjoy!
Silver Peaks range behind Dunedin on a day tramp in the damp, which helps engender a sense of mystery
On various days I’d help an old friend Wayne survey road upgrades in Southland, and so I got to see lots more of rural NZ than I knew existed, as usually the surfaces that needed to be marked out for upgrades were on anything but main roads. These were long days with lots of water needed to keep hydrated.
An evening on Cook Strait heading to Wellington on a roadie with an old and dear friend. This is looking back at the South Island
A relocated railway station in Central Otago now serving as a musterer’s farming hut. Bordering the Oteake Conservation Area
Lan Yuan, Dunedin , in Dunedin. The garden commemorates the contribution of Chinese people to the history and culture of the city. Chinese Garden I met my cousin and husband down there so it was a delightful family outing looking at some strong history, with them both and my son
A side trip and camp out in my Land Cruiser camper, to altitude on the Rock and Pillar Range – the last of the block mountains between the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka and Dunedin. A very windy area.
Luxury with a cold beer out of the vehicle fridge, on the Rock and Pillar Range watching the sunset. It got very windy in the wee hours though, and despite turning the truck around so it faced into the wind, to get a good sleep I drove a few km and parked up in a gully out of it, and woke to heavy rain.
And when needing a bathroom
Another evening camp out – this time at old gold diggings on the Hawkdun Range, Oteake Conservation Area. I’d climbed up to here in very cold winds to get some photos, and then descended in the dark back to my welcome little mountain hut on wheels, aka Cafe Toyota. Mt Aspiring in the background
Lower Rock and Pillar Range – Butterfly country once experienced and now imagined
My new awning on the camper – should have made one years ago for the simple reason that in rain the end of the bed would get wet. Note no poles and my 100 year old industrial sewing machine got an airing
Sunset from the Hawkduns. Just myself, my three legged tripod and some nearby cattle to enjoy a perfect evening while on my way to Dunedin
The now empty Cadburys chocolate factory in Dunedin. Site of a new hospital coming up.
During the year I finished off a new tire related web site in Wanaka, and so was delighted one day to spot this beauty outside the new building
Best image from a sunset photoshoot at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka
University of Otago where my son has studied for several years. A truly beautiful campus
I had to visit Christchurch a few times during the year and since I’d never seen the city post earthquake I predictably ended up visiting the Cathedral ruins in the Square
Christchurch public toilets near the Square at night
Christchurch Public Art Gallery
Historic gold reserve at Macraes Otago
Luna Light Festival fairies – midwinter, Queenstown
The smog of winter in the Manuherikia River Valley, Central Otago
Mt Tutoko, Fiordland National Park – photo from the jet service into Queenstown from CHC
Wintery tarn and Hawkdun Mountains, Oteake Conservation Park, on the edge of the Maniototo
The front runners at the annual World Loppet Merino Muster race, the Snow Farm, Cardrona Valley, Wanaka. These world class athletes on cross country skis are well into their 42 km race, and typically average speeds of up to 22kph over that distance
During the year I was appointed onto the Otago Conservation Board where we represent the public and advise the Dept of Conservation on select matters and strategic decision making. As such I get to do field trips, and here is a native kaka at Orokonui Sanctuary near Dunedin.
My son and girlfriend near the mouth of the Catlins River, Coastal Otago. I had a large print done for him of this image as a Christmas present, and it was well received.
Yet another visit to a certain tree in the Nevis Valley – it’s my photo nemesis I think: satisfaction eludes me capturing the cold emotion of this old historic gold dredging pond, but I’m getting closer. This visit represented the coldest I’d been in 2019.
Nevis Valley gold miners cottage
Lake Hawea from a day trip up Isthmus Peak
Otago Conservation Board field trip Matukituki Valley – me on the right
Proposed conservation land on Glenaray Station Otago/Southland. An inspection visit by helicopter pre submission. One huge area – one hour flying only covered a fifth of the farm.
Lake Wanaka flood Dec 2019. Last event 1999, and thankfully this one stopped short of the shops, just!
My favourite capture for the year – there I was all set up at Glendhu Bay for a more sedate shot and a jet ski came by causing some ripples I did not think I’d benefit from, however they made for something much better.
Wishing you all the very best for you and yours for 2020 – may you always have time to smell the roses
I often go to Dunedin for many varied reasons, and one of the delights of every trip is a visit or two to the oldest botanical garden in New Zealand, which was established in 1863.
There are two parts of the Dunedin Botanic Garden, linked indiscernibly, known as the upper gardens and the lower gardens which merge nicely with the University of Otago campus.
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The initial garden was established on a site now occupied by the University but due to extensive flooding in 1868, the gardens were moved to their current site in 1869.
A rhododendron typical of the more naturalistic upper garden, where there is an arboretum, rhododendron dell, native plant and geographic collections.
There are over 6,800 plant species
It covers 28 hectares of hillside and flat land to the north of the city
The Garden is a preferred location for serious botanical studies as it is home to a significant number of plant collections
In July 2010, the Dunedin Botanic Garden was awarded a rank of “Garden of International Significance” by the New Zealand Gardens Trust thus becoming one of only five gardens nationwide to be bestowed with this honour.
The resources dedicated to the Gardens are significant, yet unlike many similar gardens in large cities overseas such as in Vancouver, entry to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens is free
The roof of the Winter Garden Glasshouse – open 10am to 4pm, with nearby alpine house and toilets 9am to 4pm, and the cafe 9.30am to 4.30pm
Each University year Dunedin city hosts 40,000 plus students and with the Gardens in close proximity scenes like this are common place. In short they offer an immense and peaceful place for relaxation and study, while also providing pathways to North Dunedin where there are lots of student accomodation flats
Peter Pan and is that Wendy whispering in his ear?
A feature of the flat lower Garden
Fantails often frequent the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
South African section of the upper Gardens
The formal rose garden and camellia collection in the lower Gardens
Magnolia in the upper Gardens