Our photography adventure

Sorry no garden blog this week. But instead we went away with our good buddy Aussie photographer Dallas and his lovely wife Kathy driving from Auckland to Central Otago in the South Island. Why? Photos and footage for Toi Toi Wines of course!

Well there is something to be said about campervans. Not that they aren’t great modes of transport mind you .. but when there are four adults, loads of photography equipment, props, boxes and boxes of wine (for photos of course) and a pooch named Dan, then things can get a tad cramped. And me, well I might live on a farm and wear gumboots, but there is something to be said for the comforts of home – I guess I’m not into sleeping on garage floors at vineyards nor waking up in the middle of the night and wondering where the ‘toot’ might be.

Was it an adventure? Absolutely – all in a week!

Some pics to tell the story.

Brookdale Vineyard Marlborough-1040215

Brookdale Vineyard in Marlborough – Sauvignon Blanc country

Loddon Lane Marlborough-1040244

Loddon Lane Vineyard, Marlborough – gorgeous sunny day

Fairlie - Tekapo Rd-1040258

Fairlie – Tekapo Rd, heading to Central Otago

Lake Tekapo-1040309

Just stunning – Lake Tekapo, Central Otago. Perfect spot for photos ..

Clutha Vineyard - Cromwell-1040350

Clutha Vineyard, Central Otago

Dan at Lake Wakatipu-1040364

Proof, the pooch came on the sojourn with us. Here he is at Lake Wakatipu. A truly beautiful spot in Queenstown

Lolly shop Arrowtown-1040367

Wonderful lolly shop in Arrowtown, Central Otago ..

Fudge Arrowtown-1040369

Same shop – Fudge …..

Provisions cafe-1040376

Now that’s what I call a sign! Arrowtown …

Fush and Chips-1040373



Lovely Lupins … everywhere

Clutha Toi Toi-1040401

Ok, we did have the odd glass or two!

11 thoughts

  1. Brilliant photo’s!!!! Love them all – but of course I love the one with the bike in it, and the one with the peanut butter chocolate!!! Dan looks like he enjoyed the break!!

  2. oh Julie! We spent 4 weeks on our honeymoon driving around the South Island and your photos brought back so many beautiful memories. I have travelled the world extensively and our NZ driving adventure is still by far our favourite trip of all time.

  3. Great shots. Looks like you had a fab time away! How are the vines looking?? Toi toi is still on the up??
    The wine over here is a disaster really, any good wine you pay heaps for as it’s 300% taxed!!
    I’m away on the north side of Bali at the mo having a great time. Had a 4 hour bike ride to get here, loads of fun on this little 150 dirt bike. Will take a long way home tomorrow!!
    I met 2 ladies that have built a coral garden here, I snorkeled some of it today. The sculptures are made from metal that have a v v small electric current flow that attracts the coral. Amazing!!! Saw loads of nemos.
    Big squeeze to you both xxx

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