Recently my hubby was away for 6 weeks, most of that in Dubai ( lucky guy I know!!) which meant that I was home alone with the kids. It actually went really well, and once we had a bit of routine down, way better than I thought. The upside of the time alone was that I got to go on my own little getaway for a few nights! I really love the Christchurch, Canterbury area, so with a grab a seat deal and an awesome package from Hanmer Springs that included a car, room, massage, and pools I was off! It was a great time to go, with the area being pretty quiet in terms of tourist. I could see how it would become a bit overrun at peak times. The weather was cold in the mornings, but perfect. Fall is probably my favourite time of year, at least when it’s not raining, and all the colours made me want to swoon. Beautiful! I swear the light is different down there, so crisp and clear.
Anyways, I did lots of nothing, read a book, sat in hot pools, enjoyed the cafe’s, ate great food and drank great wine. Very fun and just what I needed. I capped it off with one night at the beautiful Merivale Manor in Christchurch and then it was back to the airport the next morning to head home. I actually just about didn’t make my flight, I literally arrived with 2 mins to spare before check-in. oops :)
So if you haven’t been down to the area, or back to Christchurch recently, I highly recommend it. Although the heart of city is quite different, it’s still a beautiful place and I think it’s great to be supporting the local business and economy. And if you are ever in the market for camera gear make sure to check out Photo & Video international based in Chch. They are always really helpful, take some gear trade in’s, and also ship NZ wide. I just got a new 35mm from them while I was down and can’t wait to play with!
I really forgot how much I enjoy just going out and taking photos of random things, so here are some fun shots from the trip. I would have taken more towards the end, but silly me forgot my spare battery and it just about died on me a few times.
I hope this inspires someone to go out and just take photos, or to treat yourself to a little R&R :)
I can’t help but take photos from the plane, it always gets me
Coming into Christchurch
I was loving the texture and colours
At the top of Conical Hill in Hanmer. I played a lot with backlighting on this trip, and just love the flare in this photo
Look at the colours! ooohhh
I think I want to print this one and put it up somewhere
Ahhh the good life!
I thought the steam looked really neat in this one
You can’t not take a photo of NZ’s beautiful landscape and sheep!
The one lane bridge leaving Hanmer.
And end of the trip at the beautiful Merivale Manor originally built in 1880.
My landscape gallery here