More adventures in NZ

This trip continued to be a combination of inspiration for my work and a success in Napier! Apologies for all the photos it’s been a challenge to choose from so many. I hope it gives a flavour of the amazing country of NZ.

We travelled across country from Auckland towards the east coast, stopping at the Huka Falls nr Taupo en route. What an amazing sight, the colour of the water was a deep turquoise and the volume incredible to see. 

Moving on we arrived in Hastings and Napier for a 6 day stay. Napier is a beautiful Art Deco coastal town, with great architecture, galleries, coffee shops and long elegant seafront promenade and gardens.

Whilst there I visited the Boyd Dunlop Gallery in the town which has a strong eclectic mix of art on show. They represent some well respected NZ and international artists and I now have my work there too! They have 9 of my embroideries and will display several of them in their Christmas Show. I am thrilled to have my work there and we have plans for a show in 2019.

One of my embroideries chosen by Richard Boyd Dunlop for the gallery

We headed on from the east coast to wine country and to Martinborough for 1 night to enjoy the region for the second time.

Outside the pretty cottage we stayed in 

We then went down to Wellington to catch the ferry over to South Island. A beautiful trip with an opportunity to see the fantastic coastline into Picton.

Our time staying in Nelson was the first taste of South Island, it’s a beautiful town, a cluster of hills with views over the ocean. We especially enjoyed a trip through the vinyards out along the Golden Bay to Wharariki Beach.

On the outskirts we discovered WOW, the Wearable Art Museum and there is an amazing collection of Classic cars too. 

It was time to move on and our next destination was Franz Josef Glacier. A drive down the wild west coast, we stopped at various points, for a picnic lunch overlooking the sea and several walks into the rainforests for embroidery inspiration. Finally arrived to stay a couple of days and the highlight was a helicopter flight.  We went up to the snow capped mountains to land and then flew over Fox and Franz Josef to see the glaciers up close! Thrilling!

The next drive took us further south over the Haast pass between Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to Queenstown and then to where we stayed, Te Anau. More beautiful scenery. 


Te Anau was our stopping point on the edge of Fiordland National Park for the planned trip to Milford Sound. This was to be one of the most amazing drives through a picturesque valley and boat trip along a majestic fjord. That’s for the next blog!