A final snapshot of New Zealand…….
In a patchwork of weather patterns which saw me peeling off layers often down to a t-shirt and other days of cold and fog, New Zealand, with its history, stretches of coast-line and spectacular mountain ranges, is a lovely part of the world to find yourself in.
One is continually stunned by a beauty which seems is made for large expensive lenses and slow shutter speeds. It is those photographers who can capture the scale and beauty of the landscape. They catch the perfect light, the lift of the land, the panorama of the sounds and an incredibleness of a country which somehow seems too captivating for words.
Now it is no secret I love a city. I really am a city girl at heart and sometimes, I just like the feel of concrete beneath my feet. And of course, cities are made to be walked.
Even when the streets (like some folk) show their very disagreeable side, even when overcrowded with tourists, even when the weather is miserably inclement and even when I get hopelessly lost I am still smitten by a city.
I walked a lot through the bigger cities of New Zealand. Some days I was driven with a purpose to see something in particular and other times my wanderings led me to a cocktail bar or bakery……… which I swear was coincidence! Sometimes its nice to walk without purpose or a plan. Just filling my skin with that moment of solitude. If tired, I occasionally hopped on public transport but for the most part, I saw everything on foot.
I liked Wellington a lot. It reminded me so very much of San Francisco with its steep winding streets, its fog covered bay, the hill set houses and its lovely architecture.
Located right in the westerly belt known as the Roaring Forties, the city did indeed live up to its name The Windy City. Howling winds can whip through at up to 160kmh with average daily gusts of 30kmh so its probably not the best place to hang out if you want to practice your skill as a sabre juggler!
The wind in Wellington became difficult toward the end of one day. It was that sort of icy wind that will always find that tiny gap between your coat and the bare nape of your neck and as most know, I am not a fan of windy weather. Gusty winds tend to make me irritable yet although I was having possibly the worst bad-hair day ever, it just didn’t seem to matter.
The harbour-side city Auckland hit the mark too with its ferries, super-yachts, galleries, restaurants, bars, cafes and the very iconic sky-tower.
And then, there were all of the little towns and places in between. Those places where my heart felt so glad for just being there.
And as quickly as the New Zealand trip began, it ended. I guess that’s just how travel goes sometimes…….x