Snapshots from New Zealand

Revelations in the Antipodes

In the 3 months that I’ve moved to Auckland, there’s been a scene that has played out many, many times on the streets that I have never quite made sense of – until today. The scene goes something like this: a homeless person in crummy clothes is huddled up on a street corner. Some of them have a dog with them, and those who do tend to also have a ... Read More »

Where To Eat in Auckland

Since moving to New Zealand, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends about what to do and where to eat in Auckland, which are inadvertently tricky questions to answer; what do you like and dislike? What’s your budget? Are you willing to travel far? These are just some of the many variables – especially if we’re talking about food in a sprawling city like Auckland, where we’re absolutely spoilt for choice. But ... Read More »

Piha Sunset

Long exposure shot of Lion Rock at Piha to capture the mist on the rocks at sunset. Auckland has so many stunning nooks and crannies! Wanted to put myself in the shot for a change to capture the scale of Lion Rock. Gear: Canon 7D Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS L B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Manfrotto Quick Release Tripod Ball Head 496RC2 Canon TC-80N3 Intervalometer   Read More »

Tasman Blue

High vantage view of Piha Beach, taken en route to Anawhata Beach in Auckland, New Zealand Gear: Canon 7D Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS L B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Read More »

Home Galaxy

How I Got the Shot: Canon 7D 24-105mm f/4 IS L Manfrotto 190CX3 Camera Settings: 30 secs f/4 ISO 3200 Read More »

New Zealand Time Lapse + Video (HD)

If you’ve never been to New Zealand, you should. And if you’re wondering why you should, hopefully this video can offer a glimpse at what this country has to offer. Read More »

New Zealand Day 14: Devonport

For our last day in New Zealand we hopped onto a ferry to Devonport, a navy base near Auckland. Along the way, we saw a double rainbow and even a pair of dolphins which swam right up to our ferry. With the perfect weather and all these little lucky encounters, we really couldn’t have asked for a better holiday. Devonport is filled with charming cafes and bookshops – just the ... Read More »

New Zealand Day 13: Matamata/Hobbiton

Today I died and went to Tolkien heaven. And if you’re also a fan of the Tolkien books or the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit movies, make sure the Hobbiton tour is included in your New Zealand trip. The set is stunningly real. Every last bit of detail was taken care of – moss (actually a concoction of dye, sawdust, and yoghurt) was painted onto well-worn fences to create a ... Read More »

New Zealand Day 12: Queenstown

For our final day in South Island, we took a stroll through Queenstown Gardens, a botanical garden which has, curiously, something called Frisbee golf. (You’ve gotta see it to believe it). Swimming right through the autumn colours 皇后鎮植物園中的鴨子   Read More »

New Zealand Day 11 (Part 2): Queenstown

Well, with 2 nights in Te Anau I dare say we overstayed a little. If we could do it again 1 night would’ve be enough – just enough to catch a sunrise and explore the nearby trails. (Who are we kidding? We just want to stay long enough for at least two meals at Mostly Seafood). Today we were back in Queenstown, and found ourselves almost overwhelmed by the change ... Read More »

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