Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I've said it on here before and I'll likely be saying it for the rest of my life! New Zealand is the most gorgeous place we've ever seen.

It's hard to tell from my photos but Lake Tekapo is a brilliant turquoise when the sun is shining, creating a magnificent sight with the Alps, fields of purple lupines and the Church of the Good Shepherd encircling it. It's also one of the best places in the Southern Hemisphere to see the night sky. Unfortunately for us, it rained almost the entire time we were there, but the weather didn't stop us from going on an amazing day hike {we were drenched!} through steep sheep pastures up to Mount John for a breathtaking view. There were maybe three other people on the trail, also drenched, and flocks of precious lambies and sheep grazing in the rain. We talked over Goldens and a long dinner afterwards at Mackenzies and later watched the stunning sunset from a field of lupines. That photo of Cam picking me up was taken around 10pm. I still can't get over how long their days are!


If you follow me on Instagram then you probably also saw our mouth-watering breakfasts at the Run 77 General Store, where every single option is organic and local. Whether you're a foodie, wine lover, adventurer, or just love being in the outdoors, I hope you get to travel through the stunning south island one day. It was such a dream for us!

35 comments:

  1. The colours in the pictures are so stunning! There's nothing but grey skies where I live, so your photographs really make me desperate to hop on a plane to New Zealand!

    xx
    Melanie Fontaine

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  2. This is gorgeous. You are gorgeous. And I hope you thought of me the whole time you were eating at Mackenzie's :) New Zealand is quickly making it up to the top of our travel list!

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  3. omg. i just cant handle your NZ posts! i need to go! you two are just beautiful x

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  4. these are beautiful! after this new zealand is definitely on my places to visit list.

    x's & o's
    Anacristina
    laughsandicecream.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh my word!!!! Lady this is stunning! I'm in awe of the beauty. New Zealand is now on our places to visit! Wow wow wow. And you my dear are too cute!

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  6. Seriously! You take some of the most gorgeous photographs! Did you study photography??

    Also, your entire outfit is adorable. Is it tacky to ask where your boots are from?

    I'm glad you and Cam had a lovely trip!

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  7. So beautiful! Lupines are one of my favorites. You can find them blooming all through Bar Harbor, Maine in the summer. I still can't believe how beautiful all of these photos are!

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  8. I've heard people say that New Zealand is better to visit than Iceland. It's definitely on my bucket list. Excellent photos!!

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  9. Oh my goodness, the colors in these photographs are absolutely amazing. xo, Maria

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  10. Gorgeous!! Do you all just have a personal photographer that follows you around or what? Because I know random strangers don't take that good of photos. Love them all!

    -kelly
    sweettea-lemonade.blogspot.com

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  11. wow, it looks stunnnning, manda! and that pic of cam lifting you up - please, please frame it!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like a dream. I adore every single one of these photos. You've captured His creativity beautifully.

    Oh and Cam carrying your teal butt, yeah that one definitely takes the cake! Pure awesomeness. Lots of love.

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  13. These pictures are just amazing! I love it! I've got NZ on my list of travel destinations, but it's moving up thanks to your blog!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  14. uggghhhh. is it over yet? because i seriously cannot take much more of this perfection. killing me. and you look SO stunnin in these pics. that color green is really good on you.

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  15. ...and you dressed to match the waters! Perfection ;-). Love that pic of you guys in the midst of the flowers with the snowy mountains in the background. They should totally use it in a NZ travel guide or something! So love all of the photos you've been sharing with us of your adventures down under!

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  16. Gorgeous photos, and your husband is taaaallll. I've always wanted to visit New Zealand!

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  17. Amanda, I can't even believe that your pictures are real life they are so gorgeous! Amazing photography. And you and Cam are just absolutely precious as always. And I must ask what brand those boots are? Love!

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  18. I am pretty much obsessed with every post you have written about NZ! This one is no exception...amazing! I am hoping more and more that my husband and I can visit there sometime and have as much fun as you two did!

    By the way, the pics of the two of you are so stinking adorable! I think Im gonna start making my husband pose however you two do so we can get lots of cute pictures...yours just make me happy to look at them!

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  19. one of my favorite places!

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  20. Breathtakingly beautiful! Oh my. Now I just really have a desire to go to New Zealand!

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  21. Beautiful! Love those flowers!

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  22. Haha, that picture of you thrown over Cam's shoulder is fantastic!

    And all the lupines just remind me of that book Miss Rumphias about The Lupine Lady! Did you ever read that as a kid? Such a beautiful book!

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  23. absolutely stunning photographs. just popped this place on my to visit list. one day maybe. one day.

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  24. Wow! You just have some of the most stunning pictures! Looks like a beautiful place.

    Lauren
    www.millermemoires.com

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  25. Patty,
    Thank you!! Haha, no not at all -- I got them years ago in Nashville. They're Justin cowgirl boots. (:

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  26. I lived there 10 years ago for about a year. What a magical wondeful place. Thank you for these pictures. I have the same pics of the house by the lupin field. :)

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  27. so beautiful! i seriously need to get myself over to new zealand! :)

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  28. Girlfriend, these photos are so breathtaking they almost look fake, haha!!!! WOW!! Just amazing!!!! XOXOXOXO

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  29. Haha the one of Cam and half of your body is great. Also I love your cowboy boots!

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  30. I just love the lupines - I only have a few in my garden, but now I look even more forward to summer.

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  31. 10pm!? that's crazy! That picture looks as if it's 12pm. The pictures of the two of you - do you use a tripod or ask a stranger to take your picture?

    I have serious wanderlust looking at your pictures. Makes me want to take a trip to somewhere fabulous!

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  32. Just found you through Story of My Life, and Oh. My. Goodness. What GORGEOUS photos. I've never wanted to live abroad as much as you have just made me. Excited to learn more about you!

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  33. I just... I can't even. My fiance and I have been scoping out honeymoon locations, and I'm going to make a MAJOR push for New Zealand. Absolutely gorgeous, and your photos are beautiful!

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  34. that top picture is unreal.

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  35. Your pictures make me want to fall in love and travel the world! Beautiful!

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