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Casual drive on a Saturday

August 22, 2015

It was pretty nice out in Wellington today, so Jeremy and I decided to go for a bit of a drive after lunch. I had another burger for lunch by the way, haha. I will blog about that tomorrow.

Jeremy suggested that we drive to Lake Wairarapa seeing as we haven’t been there before, and it’s not too far away from Wellington. So off we went. On the way there we stopped a few times at some lookouts. The light wasn’t great where we took the first photos, but here they are.

Jeremy was a bit nervous about me driving up there because the road is really windy and narrow, but I’ve driven on roads like that before, which he seems to have forgotten, haha! So it wasn’t an issue at all.

Once we got over the hill, we arrived in a little town called Featherston. There wasn’t much there, just a few shops an a cute little church that I took a photo of.Β It was so quiet there too, hardly any traffic or people walking around.

From there, we headed off towards the lake. We learned pretty soon that the lake wasn’t very exciting! We drove around it for a while, but decided that there was no point stopping, because photos of the lake wouldn’t have looked very nice anyway. But we just continued on down the road we were on.

We knew the road would eventually come to a dead end, because we were driving to the very south of the North Island. Along the way there were loads of sheep and cows. At one point we had to stop because of cows crossing.


We continued on and there were lots of photo opportunities along the way. The road took us to a beach called Ocean Beach. There Β were a few people camped out there, and there were also some summer houses around there. All I could think was ‘who would spend an hour and a half driving out here, just to camp up next to the ocean?” Jeremy on the other hand seemed to understand fully.

I’ve never really enjoyed beaches much, which is strange, I know. But I still love taking photos of them because they look beautiful. I just have no interest going swimming or sticking around there for ages, haha.

After that, we were on our way home again. It was nice to just go for a drive. New Zealand is such a beautiful country that you’ll be sure to see something picturesque wherever you go. I tried to get some close-up shots of lambs, but they ran away every time I tried. They’re so cute though!

We’re just about to head of to the LUX light festival to have a look. I might post about that tomorrow or the day after.

Do these photos make you want to visit New Zealand? πŸ™‚


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  • Eva

    Beautiful photos! And I share your feeling for beaches, I best enjoy them as photo subjects πŸ˜€

    August 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • avenscent


    August 22, 2015 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Vibrant

    Yes yes yes πŸ™‚
    I love these pictures Sophie <3 <3 <3
    They make me want visit NZ.

    Too bad Jeremy didn't let you drive despite your full licence πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Beautiful pictures. May I borrow some?

    Have a nice weekend dear πŸ™‚


    August 23, 2015 at 12:22 am Reply
  • lethally

    They’d make me want to visit New Zealand – except I’m already here! πŸ™‚

    Cheers from Mosgiel (just outside Dunedin) XX

    August 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Never been to Mosgiel (or Dunedin for that matter), would love to visit sometime! πŸ™‚

      August 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm Reply
      • lethally

        It’s nice down here πŸ™‚ Especially today. About time we got some spring weather!

        August 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          It’s the same up here in Wellington. Sunny and clear skies! I agree, about time!

          August 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Vasun

    Hi Sophie! Like you, I’m not that much of a beach person but Piha and especially Bethells Beach in West Auckland have made me change my mind πŸ™‚ They’re quiet and peaceful places. Anyways, I thought I’d ask you for suggestions on places to visit around Wellington as we’re headed there this October. We’ve been to Wellington before and seen the city. We’ve gone to Martinborough as well. Are there other nice places around Wellington? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

    August 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      It depends what sort of stuff you like really πŸ™‚ Are you an adventurous person, someone who prefers relaxation, a foodie, an art fanatic? If you tell me what sort of stuff you usually like, I’ll probably be able to recommend some places in Wellington! πŸ™‚

      August 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm Reply
      • Vasun

        Some adventure, food & relaxation? Many thanks Sophie!

        August 25, 2015 at 1:43 am Reply
  • colonialist

    Interesting, indeed. I do like beaches, but then that one doesn’t look too friendly by comparison with our local ones which give pleasant swimming even in midwinter – we have this handy little warm current. Seems the sheep learn to be sheepish at a young age in that part! πŸ™‚

    August 24, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah I definitely wouldn’t recommend swimming there in winter, it would be freezing cold! Haha.

      August 24, 2015 at 9:35 am Reply
  • anwyn84

    Wow it looks great down in Wellington, I’m hoping to move down there in the next 6 months.

    August 24, 2015 at 7:44 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Oh cool! Where do you live now? πŸ™‚ The photos I took weren’t really in Wellington though, it was about 1,5 hours away from Wellington I’d say πŸ™‚

      August 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm Reply
      • anwyn84

        I’m in Auckland, been here for about 6 months. I really want to travel more around new Zealand.

        August 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          You really should, Auckland is alright, but I have to say I like Wellington better! πŸ™‚ Auckland is too big.

          August 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • StephJ

    Love your pictures! New Zealand is so beautiful!

    August 25, 2015 at 10:02 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thank you! It really is. It never seizes to amaze me how picturesque it is!

      August 25, 2015 at 10:28 pm Reply

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