Well, not my garden—which currently consists of more mud than plants—but the Auckland Domain Wintergardens.
Don’t worry! This hasn’t suddenly become a gardening blog, I just wanted to share this amazing oasis with you. While winter in Auckland hasn’t been as bitter as I suspected it might, it is still a relief to escape the chilly air and rain. And this is the perfect place to do just that. Consisting of two glasshouses—one temperate and one tropical—a fountained courtyard and a quarried fernery, the Wintergardens are a world away from the concrete and chaos of city life. I found the tropical garden especially tranquil… and warm! So warm, compared to the cold air outside, that I had to wait for my camera to ‘acclimatise’ before I could take any photos! The Wintergardens have definitely made my list of favourite places in Auckland and I will certainly be visiting again.
P.S. Who else thinks purple and green were made for each other?
I have been a bit quiet on Instagram this past year, so I’m trying to get back in the habit. This is what I have been up to lately: makin’ maps, frolicking on the Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath), taking in the view at the top Mt Victoria, looking for fairies at the bottom of these Falls, printing scarves and trying to ignore the cold weather in the Wintergardens.
Hooley dooley! Has it really been six months since my last post? Actually, I can believe that, life of late has been of blur of study and home renovation with a few other adventures thrown in. Anyway, it’s good to be back!
Looking back over my blog I realise that I never got around to posting all of my New Zealand photos (even though that trip was almost twelve months ago!). Being winter in Australia at the moment its seems appropriate to share the final leg of this journey now. The last part of our trip took in the stunning blue waters of Lake Ruataniwha and Lake Tekapo (the water really is this colour!); a relaxing dip in the warm waters of Tekapo Springs while enjoying the spectacular view over Lake Tekapo; a visit to Mt John Observatory, which felt like being on another planet! And finally, a couple of nights at Terrace Downs Resort, not to play golf but for a day trip to the snow at Mt Hutt.
We visited in between seasons and were lucky that the snow season had been extended so the roads, accommodation and snow fields weren’t too busy, but New Zealand seems to be beautiful at any time of year.
Needless to say, by the end of this holiday I was ready to move to New Zealand’s South Island!
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