Home Again or Completely Gratuitous Shots of New Zealand Countryside

Okay, 4055kms later, I am finally back home! And already feeling the post holiday blues… πŸ™‚ Stupid eh? But had a lovely time. Travelling the country has given me a new appreciation for how beautiful New Zealand is. If any of you are down this end of the globe, make it your mission to see the South Island, especially Fiordland. And most especially, Doubtful Sound. A more beautiful place on earth I have yet to visit… (Picture on right is Lake Te Anau. Picture on left is taken from the Cardrona ski field in Otago, looking towards Queenstown)

Yes, it rains in Fiordland. A lot. And apparently people have been known to complain to the local tourist information bureau about the fact that it rains. As if the tourist bureau has anything to do with the weather. Reminds me of the time we were Morocco, on the edge of the Sahara and how a couple of our tour party complained to the tour guide because clouds meant they couldn’t get their desert sunset photo… These waterfalls at the right are in Doubtful Sound and only appear when it rains.

Here’s me being blown about on the front of the boat in Doubtful Sound. Well, I suppose there has to be one shot of me but no one took one of me in front of anything scenic so this will have to do. πŸ™‚

And here’s my eldest daughter taking a wander along the shores of Lake Whakitipu near Queenstown.

Now the holiday is over, it’s back to the wait – 13 weeks! Not to mention thinking about the next writerly blog post… Hope everyone else has had a good couple of weeks!
P.S. Please excuse the big lines of nothingness in between the photos. Blogger sucks when it comes to formatting posts with images.

14 thoughts on “Home Again or Completely Gratuitous Shots of New Zealand Countryside”

  1. Oh how beautiful, thanks for posting the photos. Would love to visit one day but the flight is just so long! Maybe I’ll get there one day.

    Go on, send a follow up email to Richmond. You know you want to πŸ™‚

  2. jackie – your photos are amazing and soo beautiful. Its easy to forget how gems can be found in your own backyard…

    13? How patient you are I’m yet to hit 4 and getting pretty cranky!

  3. Yes uploading photos onto blogger and getting them lined up does suck!!

    Welcome home and thanks for the beautiful pictures. For someone who would have emigrated to NZ had life been a touch different, they are a delight πŸ™‚

    You’re very lucky to live in such a gorgeous and diverse country.

  4. Great photo’s Jackie! NZ has always been on my places to visit – if I can get over my fear of long distance flying!

    13 weeks is a long time to wait. I’m up to number 5 and itching! Being +ve maybe it’s on the commissioning editors desk! Wouldn’t that be great. Take care. Caroline x

  5. Hey Jackie! Welcome back! Pics look absolutely gorgeous πŸ™‚ I’d LOVE to go to NZ, maybe one day!

    13 weeks…I feel your pain, LOL. I hate waiting! I’m past the 5 month mark on Special Editon. Just have to keep busy writing!

  6. It’s a hideous flight admittedly, Lorraine. But worth it in the end?
    As to a follow up…hmm….tempted…

    Thanks Janette. Yep, it is easy to forget about the beauty of one’s own country.
    I don’t think it’s got anything to do with patience! More like silent suffering. πŸ™‚

    Ah Joanne, see what you’re missing? Glad you like them. Yep, we are pretty lucky down this end of the world. On the whole…

    I hope it’s not too much longer either Rach!

    Come visit, Caroline! I hate flying myself but I managed to get to the UK twice. Valium helped. πŸ˜‰
    Sadly as it’s only a partial, it won’t be on the commissioning editors desk yet. But I hope they want the rest of it.

    Laura, yep, you should visit. It’s beautiful down here.
    Five months for SSE?? I can’t really complain can I?! AT least you have something to go on with though eh?

  7. Lol, Suzanne! Thank you for that comment, that’s made my day. πŸ™‚ With any luck you’ll get to read it one day – or at least something that I’ve written. Hoping!

  8. Thanks Marcy. But I’m definitely feeling like I need a post holiday holiday. πŸ™‚

    Cheers, Lacey! The beauty of having a digital camera. If you take enough shots, there’s bound to be at least one that’s decent.

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