Here it is… Honeymoon in Pictures! After finally arriving into beautiful Queenstown
en route from Christchurch …long story…due to poor visibility we had to be redirected into Christchurch mid flight, which then entailed an eight hour coach ride from Christchurch to Queenstown… yes eight hours on a coach with literally a whole plane load of people… apparently this happens a lot …and here we were thinking that we would just ‘pop’ over to NZ for our honeymoon and not worry about losing time on a long haul flight… let’s just say we could of gone to New York…..we were greeted with the most incredible view. Everything looked like glass. The mountains, the air, the lake… couldn’t believe the beauty and perfection of it all. We picked up our hire car Corolla and hit the icy tracks to Glenorchy to our first destination Blanket Bay.
So much beauty everywhere; even the wild grasses captivated me.
The lodge at Blanket Bay encompasses the most breathtaking views of the area.
If only it was summertime to indulge in a swim on the lake and jump off the pier into the depths.
Timothy O caught a cold so he tuckered in to the lemon and honey with hot water… which meant I did too…. I didn’t want to miss out on the delicious looking concoction.
After staying at Blanket Bay for three days we drove to Moeraki, with the single purpose…. to dine at Fleur’s Place.
Tile detail out the front of Fleur’s,
The perfect front door at Fleur’s Place. Loved it all.
As the day turned overcast and the sea winds bellowed, our table upstairs felt very low fi and comforting; Timothy O and I arrived early and left late. After reading Fleur’s book it was so special to be able to share her special restaurant and be in her space.
If you look carefully you can see Timothy O waving… silliness.
The tree houses at Hapuku would have to be the most considered environment we have ever stayed. On one side of the tree house there was the sprawling deer farm with snow capped mountains and on the other was an olive grove with views of the South Pacific Ocean. The level of comfort was extraordinary. The pillows, the mattress, the mattress topper, the sheets, the duvet… I could keep going… I pulled that bed apart after the first nights sleep to find out who could make such delicious bedding!
Whenever I am staying for an extended length of time anywhere I like to personalise the room. Timothy O and I foraged around the area and came back with lots of foliage on a morning walk.
Picnics by the sea.
Picnics in the olive grove.
And then there was Annie the deer…. the most heart melting animal you could ever cross. She greeted us with her long batting eyelashes and lots of licks…. and in return we gave her little apples, pats and cuddles.
Some of the local mobile industries… Frankie would fit right in!
By the time we arrived at The Bay of Many Coves the weather had taken a bit of a turn which set in for our entire stay. We tried bush walking… it got dangerously slippery… we kayaked…. until it rained… we read…. we looked at the sea…. then we discovered Hannes…. Hannes Bareiter, the German chef at The Bay of Many Coves. For the whole duration of our stay we literally counted down the minutes until we could experience Hannes’ cuisine. Each night we would just let him decide what we would have, complete free reign! Timothy O and I have wined and dined ourselves all over the world and with out doubt Hannes’ sensibility and approach to food was so refreshing and striking.
Then we said goodbye to New Zealand….
And arrived home just in time to celebrate Timothy O’s birthday.
That was it.. that was our Honeymoon in Pictures!
Go to New Zealand!