Can yield to me nothing but exultation.

Stewart Town – Bannockburn, New Zealand

It’s amazing that an orchard that was planted in 1906 in Stewart Town still bear’s delicious pears and apricots. All that’s left of Stewart Town apart from the fruit trees is a earth rammed house from the gold rush days that started in 1865. The whole area to Stewart Town is filled with sluicings that have created spectacular cliffs that would look amazing in the hours of dawn or dusk.

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Be it the pass of light.

Danseys Pass Road – Danseys Pass, New Zealand

This was the result of a 4:30am alarm call. I always find that an alarm going off at such an early hour hurts a bit but once I reach the planned location, with a nice spell of weather breaking it all seems worthwhile. I took this at the top of Danseys Pass where the  valley starts to wind it’s way through to Livingstone. There’s so many great locations up there I’m definitely going to make a return trip.

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Unwilling I looked from above afraid to count the rain drops.

Paekakariki Hill – Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

The view from the Paekakariki Hill lookout is a spectacular and impressive no matter what the weather. I been up there on both a fine day and during a storm. The scenery on a fine day is amazing as you can see up the coast and out past Kapiti Island while on a bad day you get just as an amazing view of the weather fronts moving up and down the coast. It’s situated as you come over from Pauatahanui heading up Paekakariki Hill Road and head down towards Paekakariki.

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Amid the coming and going between sky and land.

Skyline – Queenstown, New Zealand

There’s all sorts of interesting, weird and wonderful things to do and see in Queenstown, both on land and in the air. A common sight amongst the mountains that surround the lake and across the skyline are people paragliding. To me paragliding looks kinda like skydiving but sitting down and without a plane ride. Either way, in a place like Queenstown the extreme views make it a very popular way to see the town.

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Beyond the point of celebration

Queens Garden – Dunedin, New Zealand

Beyond this point in time,
recalled from the past,
beyond this point of celebration.
Recalled from the hidden memories,
beyond where future generations might roam.

In Queens Garden here in Dunedin there’s this impressive six metre high Stone Celtic cross. It was put in place in 2001 to celebrate the new millennium and link back to Dunedin religious roots. My timing was a little off when I took this shot though as I picked a night that was being interrupted by light spots of rain. I also had to return in daylight to read the inscription!

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This Cross Was Given To The City By
The Christian Churches Of Dunedin
To Mark The Birth Of The
Christian Faith 2000 Years Ago
To Remind Future Generations
Of Their Christian Heritage
And to Recall The Arrival Here
Of The First Christian Settlers
Hoaturia Te Ripek A Nei Ki Otepoti
E Nga Nahi Karaitiana
Hei Tohu Timatanga Mo Te Karaitiana
Whakapono No Te Tau Rua Nano O Mua Atu
He Whakamaharatanga Tenei Mo Te
Whakatipuranga Hou Mo O Ratou
Taonga Turu Iho, Me Te Taenga
Tuatahi Mai O Nga Tangata Whai
Whakapono A Te Karaiti

The sand raised up her head.

Lawyers Head – Dunedin, New Zealand

The sand raised up her head,
covered with the glow of comfort and trust.
‘Keep believing in what stands’ the light sea breeze said,
in a moment of sense and reason.

For a  change of pace I headed down to the beach the other night to catch the last rays of light on a #dunnerstunner evening in Dunedin NZ. I arrived just in time to get the sun dropping down through the sand dunes before disappearing into tomorrow. Thanks Dunedin, New Zealand

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Pick a direction and see where it goes

Lindenow Intersection – Victoria, Australia.

Turn left and it’s the quick way back home, go straight ahead and it’s the long way  or turn right and head down the unknown road. Which direction would you take? I went right … it was a dead end!! While out walking one morning in Lindenow in Australia I came across this intersection. Not the busiest intersection in the world, I was told that two or three cars was a busy day!

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Memory come hither.

Peka Peka Beach – Kapiti Coast, New Zealand.

It’s amazing what you remember you forgot from simply staring at the ocean. Up the road from Waikanae on the North Island’s west coast is a small settlement called Peka Peka. It’s one of those lovely long west coast beaches that seem to stretch on into the distance. It’s also the place were in 2011 an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica appeared. There weren’t any Penguins the day we were there, but the surf was being enjoyed by the locals.

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The Catlins.

Nuggetpoint Lighthouse, The Catlins
Now the past will speak.
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10 Highlights no visitor should miss in the Catlins.

Welcome to The Catlins, a hidden gem.

The term hidden gem is often used in travel writing, however I sometimes wonder if so many locations are truly deserving of such a glamorous title. Yet, if there is one place that comes close, the Catlins must be near the top of the list.

Like any destination that attracts tourist and holiday makers, the Catlins has it’s share of popular spots that you are simply going to have to share with people most of the time. The great thing about the Catlins however is that even the busy locations aren’t really full of people, you’ll still be able to connect with a moment of solitude if you so desire. Locations such as the Cathedral Caves, Nugget Point Lighthouse and McLean Falls are never short of people taking in the dramatic scenes and other areas such as Slope Point, Tautuku Bay and Lake Wilkie often seem to have a steady stream of visitors too. Although it must be remembered that no matter how many people you have to share these locations with, they are truly remarkable landscapes that won’t disappoint you no matter what the weather.

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