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Out of Christchurch

I’m currently out of Christchurch (down south), and today I took the opportunity to visit Maple Glen – a wonderful private garden that is open to the public. It’s located near the small town of Wyndham – not far from Mataura. It’s an amazing garden, and I’m so pleased that anyone can visit, as it’s a truly special place. If you find yourself in Southland, I encourage you to visit, you won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure! And if you are a bird lover, you are in for a treat!

Weekend in Winter Wonderland of Tekapo

August 2, 2017
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These photos are from this past weekend in Tekapo. We timed our visit there perfectly – the roads had been well graded and just a little bit of ice in places. When we started seeing the snow at around Burkes Pass area I started getting excited. I really don’t know what it is about snow that thrills me so much, I just have to walk in it, stand and stare at it, and of course take countless photos of landscapes and objects covered by it. I took so many photos, I could probably do a month’s worth of blog posts, but this blog is not called Tekapo Daily Photo – so I can’t. But here are some of my favourite images from the weekend. 

The view at the top of the Pass just before coming into Fairlie

I saw quite a few rabbits trying to get some feed in the snow.
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The local supermarket must have the best view in the country of any supermarket – as you can see it’s stunning. 

Butterflies at the Discovery World Tropical Forest at Dunedin Museum

January 12, 2015
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On my way back to Christchurch today, I decided to finally stop at the Dunedin Museum and check out their butterfly exhibit. It was wonderful seeing so many butterflies in such a lovely tropical setting – though it was very hot and my camera lens kept misting up which made getting decent photos something of a challenge.

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There were some beautiful large blue butterflies that I couldn’t get a shot of at all – but one flew straight at me, landing very briefly on my nose!

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Located just south of Oamaru on State Highway One, Totara Estate is the birthplace of New Zealand’s frozen meat export industry. I’ve driven past the entrance to the Estate many times, but today I decided to finally drive in and have a look. I discovered a series of historic buildings and a fascinating story about a problem two countries had and an innovative solution. The year was 1882 and New Zealand couldn’t consume all of it’s sheep meat, meanwhile England couldn’t easily feed a growing population. The estate tells the story of these early agricultural entrepreneurs with a number of displays. There’s even some extremely friendly sheep (they can be hand fed). Well worth the visit and I think there’s something there for everyone.

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