Kia Ora (be well/be healthy) for 2010.
Happy New Year !! I am back from a great trip in NZ and saw the most amazing landscape on the South Island.
I literally felt like I was at the end of the earth. Knowing the next stop was Antarctica I didn’t see any penguins but I did see some Sea lions hiding in the rocks which was pretty awesome.
Christmas was very exciting as I experienced my first Maori Hangi and Felix enjoyed playing with his cousins and met Mr and Mrs Santa.
We manage to pack in a crazy week of driving around the South Island made as far as Queenstown.
Even that far south of the globe I manage to scout a few lovely stores. Decode which is located Cnr Shotover & Athol Sts,Queenstown is a store selling all contemporary New Zealand designers and a mixture of fashion and homes ware. I fell in love with some shoes made of recycled tapestry fabric. They don’t have a website yet but they should they have as they sell lovely things a mini Collette of NZ. Another store I loved was Andrea Moore http://www.andreamoore.co.nz/index.shtml not really for my life style now but I loved the way everything was put together in the store and the colours especially red. I have recently become a fan of red which is very different for me I usually love cool tone colours like turquoise.
We spent some time in Wellington and mange to find some great boutiques one that really caught my eye was “Swonderful “ they have a great blog so you can have an idea what the store is all about http://www.swonderfulshop.blogspot.com/
Another great place we had fun was at The New Dowse http://www.dowse.org.nz/ they some great exhibitions and I was glad to see Craft camp still going strong we saw their products on sale in 2003 in the Dowse store. You can check out their blog here http://craftcamp-nz.blogspot.com/
Basically Craftcamp is a collective of crafters that package everything in small plastic bags it is all low tech but affordable handmade goodies it like instant Esty to go. You can spend hours on which thing you want to buy they are all fun.
Finally my last find in NZ a lovely magazine called world sweet world it is going on my favourite magazine list this year visit their website here http://worldsweetworld.com/ and blog here http://worldsweetworld.wordpress.com/
There is so much more to mention the beautiful scenery of Mount Cook, the Glaciers and the west coast beaches but the post has grown quite long but basically I loved my holiday in NZ.
A great start to a new decade..