The sheer beauty of New Zealand is staggering. This New Zealand Video Short project presents two areas of that country: the Waimangu Volcanic Valley on the North Island, and Milford Sound, from Glenorchy to the Tasman Sea, on the South Island.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
On July 2, 2017, we hiked down the Volcanic Valley shooting photos and video with our… Continue reading
Flight Home: Air New Zealand
Date During Trip: July 12, 2017
I awoke this morning and Steve had already left to go workout. He left the fireplace on. It was fabulous! It was snowing and had obviously snowed a good bit in the night! Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.
I began organizing my suitcases for the trip home. It was a big… Continue reading
Lodging: Matakauri Lodge
Date During Trip: July 10, 2017
This morning we got up early to be ready for our helicopter ride. Our waiter, Wyatt, the same young man that we had as our server for breakfast yesterday, greeted us and asked, “Are y’all ready for breakfast?” “Y’all?” I questioned.
He seemed embarrassed, and corrected himself, saying he was from… Continue reading
Lodging: Matakauri Lodge
Date During Trip: July 8, 2017
We had a leisurely morning. I figured out how to use that weird, new-fangled coffee/espresso maker—after several horrific failures. The silly little single serving coffee container goes in sideways of all things! Anyway, Steve had 3 tiny cups of coffee.
We drove to the tiny little Nelson Airport, which, especially for… Continue reading
The road dead ends at Milford Sound, New Zealand, which opens out to the Tasman Sea. The rough mountains drop straight down into the depths of Milford Sound. As a result, our small ship could go right up to the rock’s edge. Everything about this place feeds the soul.… Continue reading
As with every place we have stayed, this morning’s breakfast at the lodge featured unexpected views. These mountain views were not obstructed by any clouds. Today was a sunny day.
I absolutely love the bar soap this lodge uses. It’s called Palmarosa, Patchouli & Poppy Seed Soap and is made by Jaymar Soap and Body. The poppy seeds… Continue reading
Among the things that are very popular here in New Zealand that I truly love:
Heated floors. The tiled floors in every bathroom have been heated. Oooooh! This is so nice! In Akaroa, even the carpeted floors were heated. I had never encountered that before!
The shower heads in the bathrooms produce a generous amount of water, evenly spread out.… Continue reading
After breakfast, I returned to the room and downloaded and backed up my photos. This process took a good bit of time because I had at least a couple thousand time lapse shots in addition to my normal photography for the trip. Digital work completed, we left The Matakauri Lodge around 10:30. It was difficult to say good bye to… Continue reading