Postcards From New Zealand (April 2015)

view Happy Sunday!

How was your week? I just came back from a whirlwind trip to New Zealand where I attended two wonderful weddings, ate too much Easter chocolate and tasted many fabulous New Zealand wines. I had so much fun that I even forgot to post new blog content for a week, oops. Not to worry though, everything will be back to schedule from tomorrow onwards. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few pics I took during my holiday with you!

Russell

One of the weddings we went to was in Russell, which is a gorgeous small town in the Bay of Islands. Russell was actually the first capital of New Zealand (and one of the first European settlements) so it has a lot of interesting of history associated with it. It’s retained a lot of its old world charm and features colonial style bungalows, a historic mansion and the oldest church in NZ (Christ Church)

We stayed at the Duke of Marlborough (where the wedding took place) which was ideally situated on the waterfront.

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We had such lovely weather that we decided to take a detour on our way home to see Paihia and Waitangi. Sadly, we missed the chance to get on a dolphin sightseeing boat but there’s always next time!

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Auckland & Waiheke Island

Since it’s one of my favorite places on earth, I rarely go to New Zealand without paying Waiheke Island a visit. My best friend Mel and her husband Grant moved there a couple of years ago and frankly, I couldn’t ask for better hosts. They always have exciting new places to share with me and this time around was no exception. We visited beautiful wineries (Peacock sky, Casito Miro and Frenchman’s hills) walked along the beach and gorged on oysters at the beautiful Oyster Inn. Not too shabby for a two nights stay.

Since Peacock sky is known for pairing food and wine during their tastings I interviewed the owner and got a few matching tips for you! The post will be up very soon.

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After Waiheke, I recuperated attended another wedding in Auckland before flying back to Melbourne. Can’t wait till next time!

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