The Land of the Long White Cloud: Te Anu

 

Rainforest walk:

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Glow worm cave entry (no images are allowed to be taken inside due to perilous cliffs and darkness which can cause injury):

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A view from and of Te Anu:

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All photos taken by my iphone at the end of 2015 beginning of 2016 (C) T. Georgitsis.

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The Land of the Long White Cloud: Botanical Gardens Queenstown

 

Hiking around the Queenstown Botanical Gardens I managed to take a few images of the lush greenery…

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All photos taken by my a canon powershot at the end of 2015 beginning of 2016 (C) T. Georgitsis.

The Land Of The Long White Cloud: Doubtful Sound Highlights

 

 

The landscape of the Doubtful Sound is that of the Jurassic Era:

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Some interesting waterfalls carve themselves through the mountains:

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Some of the small islands found within the sound are quite isolated yet full of natural beauty:

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Amazing rock formations jutting out of the Doubtful Sound looks spectacular:

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Then you have the amazing ecosystem created when the freshwater lakes meet the Tasman Sea – this is a pod of wild seals:

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All photos taken by a canon powershot-  end of 2015 beginning of 2016 (C) T. Georgitsis.

The Land of the Long White Cloud: Paua Shell

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Paua (pronounced Pah-Wah) is a univalve shellfish found only in New Zealand coastal waters.  Its unique for its wonderful lustre of irdescent blues, purples, pinks and greens.  The shell grows to over eight incheslong and can live well over fourty years.  Its flesh is edible and greatly valued by the Maori who use the shells as inlays in the eyes of their carvings.  Skin divers harvest the shell which has a heavy encrustations of marine growth and lime deposits.  This outer crust is removed to expose the shell’s full beauty in colour and lustre.  The finest shells are found off the coasts of Fiodland and Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand.

Spiritually the paua resonate with beauty, healing, fortune, happiness, honesty, tranquility, intuition, psychic sight as well as inspiring the higher self and imagination. Connects to the crown, third eye and throat chakras and vibrationally can assist with immunity, GIT issues, heart, joint and muscle problems along with allergies and sensitivities.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Land of the Long White Cloud: Harbour to St Omer Park

Queenstown and its beauty. I absolutely adored the area and want to share a few of the highlights I experienced.

Queenstown Harbour:

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The top of the harbour situated in Earnslaw Park contains a sculpture (far left) showing the flood levels during the two times it flooded the town:

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The TSS Earnslaw steamship on its way out of the harbour:

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St Omer Park where I took many a walk:

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Lake Wakatipu has the purest water in the world outside Antarctica:

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On an overcast day showing some of the remnants of old piers which are still used by swimmers:

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All these trees were brought in and planted during the late 1800’s:

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All photos taken by my iphone end of 2015 beginning of 2016 (C) T. Georgitsis.

The Land of the Long White Cloud: Stores with Spirit, South Island

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Recently got back from a vacation in New Zealand which was quite breathtaking and full of adventure.  Whilst I am still going through the 1,000 photos taken to share some of my adventures, I thought I’d post about some retail places of personal interest I came across in the South (where I spent most of my time):

The Outpost

We actually came across this place when heading to a crystal shop and I was pulled to have a look.  One of the best retail suppliers of quality semi-precious stone jewellery I have ever seen.  All pieces are sourced by the owner and then cut and set by a local jeweller which keeps the prices down and the quality superb.

Hetties

New Zealand’s oldest crystal shop and this was the only new age kind of store I could find in the area (they have a store in Queenstown). They get good quality Jade (Nephrite) and Paua (Shell) in tumbles/pieces as well as traditional and more modern set jewellery but I also found the quality of the other crystals they had were high grade.

Art and Craft Market

Only on saturdays and an absolute must for those who like hand made items direct from the artist themselves.

The jade carvers were especially of interest and I am a fan of Roger Cleghorn’s work as he sources the jade, argillite, bone and paua himself.

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I came across an this great potter John Kalb who digs and processes the clay locally himself when then moulds it and fires it.  It was so nice to see hand thrown pottery in more colours than the standard brown or blue.

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Lastly I love art especially modern style spray paint art and I came across Gwen Ash who does the most chic and contemporary paintings – the two I purchased resonated a modern Hekate and Sekhmet for me and I just loved the artists enthusiasm about her work.

Sprays and Threads