When we first pulled up in front of Lake Wanaka, I was a little disappointed at first at the fact that I couldn’t see “That Wanaka Tree”; I always thought it was much bigger than it actually is but once we made our way around the lake, it’s safe to say that my disappointment soon faded 🌿
While the tree itself is pretty small and rather nondescript, when you combine it with the magical enigma of the snowy mountainous backdrop, it really is quite a sight to behold 🏔
I hope you’ve all had a fabulous start to your week; let me know in the comments what you’ve got planned! 🥰 (I have to make sure @mattcrosbytravel gets credit for the first picture, but all the rest are mine) 😜
Friday’s definitely have me feeling as sleepy as this seal, how about you? 😴
You’ve gotta envy these fellas spending their days chilling by the sea and lazing about... that’s the life! 🏖
We came across so many on our walk along the peninsula walkway of Kaikoura to say hello to the colony, despite their expert camouflage! 🕵🏻♂️ If you were a sea animal what would you be? 🐡
The discovery of gold on the Arrow River in 1862 heralded one of #NewZealand ‘s richest gold rushes. Two parties of miners, one led by Thomas Low & John MacGregor and one led by William Fox & John O’Callaghan, found gold after a tip off from a local shepherd, Jack Tewa. Fox is generally given the credit for the discovery. These parties managed to keep the find secret, loading their saddle bags with fabulous quantities of gold. Fox assumed the role of ‘commissioner’ (threatening to fight anyone who disobeyed his rules) and each man was allocated 60 feet of river frontage. The secret find was uncovered when some of the miners went to restock their supplies.
Other miners further east had their suspicions aroused and began what was known as “Hunting the Fox.” Eventually the location was discovered and miners from all parts of the world flocked to the banks of Arrow River. Within a year, 1100 miners were in the Arrow Gorge with another 500 working the upper reaches near Macetown. A chaotic canvas town sprang up. Originally called Fox’s it was later officially named “Arrow”. Two explanations exist to explain how the town came to be called this name:
1. The river flows swiftly like an arrow.
2. Where the Arrow River meets the Kawarau River an arrow shaped delta is formed.
Widespread flooding and storms in 1863 resulted in many deaths and the town began to be constructed of more permanent materials, away from the river. In 1865 a new Goldrush on the #WestCoastNZ depleted the local population. Chinese miners were invited to replace them and they established a small community on the outskirts of #Arrowtown , partially restored and worth a visit. By the 1870s the rush was largely over, the easily won gold had gone. More expensive methods of gold extraction were employed and pastoralism once again became the lifeblood of the area.
TIP: Plan your trip carefully so that it coincides with the yearly Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival (2019 is their 35th year organising such event!) when the spectacular colours of the🌲🌲🌲are at their best. And whilst you are here, do spend some time to learn about the gold rush era of this historic town.
Money is a sensitive issue, salah sebut you’ll be accused of showing off (people and their judgment 🙄) but since #budgeting is important for most people, let’s simply talk about it.
What type of accommodations do you look for when you #travel ? Cheap hostels, middle range or 4-5 ⭐️ hotels only? As for me, I NEED my own private bathroom. I stayed in a boarding school for 5 years hence I am so done with sharing bathroom unless of course, it can’t be avoided. Since I did the bookings for all accommodations for this trip, I can safely tell you that on average, a double en suite room (at 3-4 ⭐️ motels with good reviews) in #southislandNZ is around RM 400. You can get cheaper accommodations in Christchurch because hotels like Breakfree on Cashel and Jucy Snooze offer pod style room: ie a REALLY small room (like the ones you normally find in Japan) but with all the basic amenities and of course, your own bathroom. If you are going to stay for a night or even just a few hours because you’ll be arriving late/leaving early, then I’ll say go for it. Lake Tekapo is the most expensive among all most probably due to the fact that there aren’t many choices available but we could see that a number of constructions 🚧 🏗 are going on in the area so in a couple of years, you might be able to get cheaper options.
If you are planning to visit #MilfordSound , the nearest town that you can base yourself at would be #TeAnau because there’s only one property in Milford Sound and it isn’t that wallet friendly especially if you are earning in Ringgit 😓
It's about the process.
Instagram, Facebook, and other photosharing or social media are amazing for inspiration; but sometimes they can also drain you. Comparing your work to others, seeing amazing places where people have visited, and wondering why you aren’t there or have the means to be there when others do.
Sometimes I forget that what is shown is just the final piece of the puzzle. Sometimes I forget about the hard work and sacrifices that go into amazing photos that you see on platforms like this. I also lose sight of why I joined too - not for the likes, comments, followers; but to see what amazing artists are out there, be inspired by amazing talent, and to have a place to see how far I have developed when looking back.
I follow some amazing adventure, landscape, and wedding photographers, bloggers, and time lapse videographers; some who I have had the pleasure of meeting, others admiring and being inspired by their work. From time to time I go on platforms like these and compare myself to them, and let negative thoughts come into my mind.I see their stuff and wonder why I can't take better photos in cool locations like them.
I didn't join social media for the 'likes' or 'followers' and to me the process of climbing the mountain, the struggle of waking up in the dark and travelling to experience the sunrise is much more fascinating than just the end photo.
I would love to know if you have ever fallen into this trap.
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Using @manfrottoimaginemore compact advance tripod
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