Hello everyone!!! 😀
On Sunday my dad and I went on an awesome photography trip! It was honestly one of the most enjoyable and interesting trip ever!! (and the photos weren’t half bad either!!).
We didn’t really have a plan about where we were going – we had a general idea that we were headed towards the mountains, and the famous Castle Hill and Arthurs Pass. If you’re not from New Zealand (most of you!!) you might recognise it from Lord Of The Rings – they filmed a lot of it at our own Castle Hill.
Once we had got up into the mountains – which took maybe an hour from home – we headed towards Arthurs pass. We didn’t stop on the way as we decided to take photos on the way back. There were so many lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges – it was truly breath-taking! Plus, there was so much history to be learnt! haha
Once in Arthurs pass we had to conquer the engineering triumph of the viaduct – possibly one of the scariest bridges ever! But thank god they built it – it honestly is stunning to look at.
We decided that since we had got this far we would keep going – it was only about an hour to the West Coast.
The West Coast is famous for its weather – they have rain like you would not believe. I hadn’t been to the West Coast before so I was extremely excited.
We drove to Hokitika, which exceeded all my expectations of the West Coast. It was such a propsperous, optimistic, and upbeat little town, enjoying the fruits of tourism. Everyone was so friendly and interesting! We stopped by this little glass-blowing studio – FYI I think glass-blowing is just so amazing! It is so beautiful and incredible how they make it! There were loads of places to stop and eat – even on a Sunday!
One of the awesome things about the West Coast is that it is mountains, mountains, mountains – SEA. Haha you suddenly find yourself at the coast. And it is such a beautiful coast!! The West Coast is a lot less populous than the East Coast so the towns are a lot smaller. But that doesn’t stop them from being so lovely. I was immensely impressed by Hokitika, and will be returning soon!! 😀
On the way back we stopped at the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls (hilarious name right? 😉 ) and my gosh it was quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. we climbed right to the top where the pool at the base of the waterfall was. We took lots of photos, but mostly I was just so engrossed by it’s beauty!!
We stopped again to take photos of the sunset against the mountains.
I can’t wait to go back and see it all again! There is so much more to see and do – and now I know what I want to see!
If you are planning on coming to New Zealand on your OE, or you’re just coming to New Zealand I would really encourage you to come to this part of New Zealand – a lot of people just go to Queenstown (which I personally haven’t actually been to!!) but there is a lot more to New Zealand 🙂 It is honestly such a beautiful place and I can guarantee you won’t regret it 🙂
If you have any questions about NZ or about this trip do ask me – I love rabbiting on about New Zealand!! 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful day and have learnt a little something about my corner of the world 🙂 I would love to hear about your countries too!! 🙂
Best wishes <3 <3