postcards from new zealand

hello friends,

this is our last day in new zealand on what has been a magnificent adventure. we have spent time laughing with friends and family, revisiting treasured places and discovering some new favourites. i have so many photographs that i want to share with you that it’s been a bit of a challenge to pick out just a few. so i might have to share more with you over the coming weeks when i am back in the uk and missing my homeland.

i am grateful to my friends (new and old) for welcoming us into their homes, giving us places to stay, wine to drink, delicious food to eat, shared experiences. my heart is full to bursting with love for them all and thank-you (even said a trillion times) would never convey my gratitude.

hoping you are having some wild adventures of your own.


i am in love with the sun and we’ve seen some magnificent sunsets since being here.
this picture is for my new friend shawn cooper, who loves sunsets as much as i do (maybe more).

hawk hill cottage, poraiti. bliss

the view from hawk hill cottage (above) is quite spectacular

these two friends of ours never cease to delight me

fly my pretties played at the black barn vineyard in havelock north. we timed our visit to that party of the country specifically to see them (it was totally worth it)

despite the incessant rain the whole way through the fly my pretties concert, the crowd was completely enthusiastic all the way to the end of the night

waimarama beach

lunch under the vines at black barn a couple of days later

dressed for a party, waiheke island

whangaumu beach, northland

boathouses, oriental bay, wellington

oriental terrace, wellington

high tea at martha’s pantry with my friend pip, wellington

don’t let it get you…

the fern ball in civic square catches the light

this is what really happened to darth vader!

12 thoughts on “postcards from new zealand

  • wish i couldve met you at whangaumu beach – i could have made you a cuppa at my brother’s bach – next time ok?

  • These make me want to jump out of bed and go travelling again! What’s up with the little white house with green windows? Did you live there? It’s adorable.

  • hey leonie, it was lovely to meet you. i hope you have safe travels back to england. i love your photos, especially the ones of hawke’s bay. see you again soon [i hope]! anne-marie xx

  • … and the friend who took these photo’s never ceases to inspire me! I especially love that plastic gnome

  • Leonie, these photos are amazing, as only your eye can catch them. What lens(es) are you using? The image from Whangaumu Beach is so deeply peaceful and feels like *home*

  • What a fantastic selection of photos. They remind me that there are still parts of New Zealand that I haven’t seen, enough to keep me busy for a few years yet (or is it just that you have such an amazing eye..). I love the photo of the Oriental Bay boathouses, so blue.

  • Your photos are so beautiful! It was such a treat to have you here, even briefly. I know England needs you for now, but I look forward to having you back here before too long. xx

  • i’ll second Jo – so happy you’re coming back!!! but be warned – the weather is a crap as always, so brace yourself for the first few days as you transition. lots of cosy coffee and cake and blankets, okay? xxxxxx

  • Thank you for showing me the beautiful contry that made you but fuck YEAH – you’re coming back :))))xxx

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