Auckland to Wellington October 15

Day three of my trip was a transit day, flying from Auckland to Wellington. Not having to be at the airport until about 11, and check out of the hotel until 10, I went for a walk down Queens St to buy some breakfast, bagels with jam and cream cheese, from the Melba Cafe on Vulcan St, off Queen St. Highly, highly recommended. I took my breakfast down to the Quay to eat it down there.

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On the way back up the hill to the hotel, it began to rain, and, as I was without raincoat, I ended up quite wet. Then it was time to gather my things, and head out to catch the airport bus to Auckland Airport, where I was to spend the next four hours, due to strong cross winds at the airport meaning that planes couldn’t safely land or depart. Most annoying, but these things happen, and, as I had no real plans for that afternoon, it was a bit of a bummer, but not the end of the world. It’s interesting to see the comardery that developes between passengers in such situations, I had a good whinge with some middle-aged ladies about different delayed-flight experiences, was given a newspaper by a RNZAF pilot named Bill (it was on his name badge), met a Chinese girl around my age who had just flown in from China and was trying to get down to Wellington and was worried that she’d miss the connecting flight – but due to the delays made it with hours to spare, and had a good natter with the bloke sitting next to me on the plane while we waited to take off (that classic case that will hold up any plane – they have someone’s luggage on board, but not that someone). Because of the delays, a lot of people had changed/given up on their flights, so I ended up having the window seat in stead of the seat in the middle of the row.

After a very quick 40 minute flight, I arrived in wonderful, windy Wellington. I caught the airport bus to the hotel, then set out for a walk along the harbourfront and then to find some dinner, ending up at Heavenly Pizza in Cuba St, a woodfire oven pizza place that is fantastic.

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It didn’t take me long to remember how much I love Wellington and how easily I could live there.

And I strongly recommend watching the Air New Zealand inflight safety video. It made me laugh every time.

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Hobbiton and Auckland October 14

Time to post some pictures from my trip to New Zealand, starting with my first full day there, which included my trip out to Hobbiton (Matamata), about 2 1/2 hours south of Auckland.

I have visited Auckland before, but didn’t think an awful lot of the city. I’m glad to say, however, that this time I quite enjoyed my time in Auckland, and found it to be quite a nice place (if you ignore the fact it’s built on one heck of a steep hill!).

 

Banana slice

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I thought it was about time to try out my new camera on some food pics, and, with the weather being so unseasonally cold, this spiced banana slice were a perfect choice (plus we had one over-ripe banana – perfect!).

The recipe and orginal post can be found here.

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Profile on Pippa

Pippa has been a very good model for me to try out my new camera. After years of using my little point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix (which has been very good) and my iPhone to take my pictures, I’ve finally bought a Canon EOS M Compact System Camera, partly for my New Zealand trip (so it better take good scenery shots!), parlty because I just wanted a proper, good camera. I used a DSLR at uni for one of my subjects, so I know a bit about ISO, shutter speeds and the like, but realise that I still have a lot to learn! These photos were taken while playing around with different settings and have not been edited.

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Weekly photo challenge – Saturated

This week’s  weekly photo challenge is photos that are ‘saturated’. Perhaps it’s the fact that there isn’t much ozone layer about New Zealand, but the colours there are very true. Neither of these photos have been edited – the first was the view from my hotel room, the sunset looks like the lights over Mordor! The second is from somewhere in the north of the North Island near the Bay of Islands.

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Melbourne, Friday 27/9, 6:15pm

Melbourne in a beautiful city, and the best views of the CBD are arguably from Southbank – specifically from out the front of Hamer Hall. The bells of St Paul’s Cathedral were tolling (the bell-ringers practice Friday nights), the city was a-buzz with people for today’s AFL Grand Final (the AFL’s equivalent to the Super Bowl or EPL final), as well as the usual Friday night crowds (and traffic!). A beautiful spring evening (until the weather packed it in and it poured with rain).

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The Arts Centre

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Looking north up Princes Brigde, up Swanston St

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Princes Bridge, Federation Square and the east end of Melbourne CBD

 

Core Colour Challenge – Red: London

Dan at Redstuffdan has started a bi-weekly photo challenge, featuring a core colour, starting with red. I quite enjoyed doing this, and featuring a specific colour this way, as usually I edit my photos to make them look as true-to-life as possible, so it was quite fun really fiddling with them in Lightroom in this way.

PS: the reason I post so many photos of the UK is because I just about took as many photos while I was there for two and a half weeks than I have in the rest of my life!! (or it feels that way, anyway).