Taupo and Rotorua Travel Vlog

Chilling out at Five Mile Bay, Taupo

Chilling out at Five Mile Bay, Taupo

As we do almost every year, we decided to take our summer holidays in mid January when we knew the weather would be a bit nicer and after many people had gone back to work. Taupo is a really popular summer holiday destination, and we knew it was jam packed with visitors after our trip down for Christmas, so making the decision to wait a few weeks to return was a good one (and meant that our favourite spots weren’t full of people!). Continue reading

Relaxing in Rotorua

Relaxing things to do in Rotorua: take the Skyline Gondola up Mt Ngongotaha

Whenever people talk about Rotorua, I’m used to hearing about what an amazing place it is for adventure – you can go zorbing, rafting, mountain biking, you name it. However, when I’m on holiday relaxation is the name of the game, so when we went down to Rotorua last month I was on a mission to find some things to do that were more my speed. Continue reading

Happy Anniversary, Baby!

Last week my boyfriend and I celebrated our 4th anniversary. We marked four years of epic adventures with a roadtrip around part of the central North Island that included a swim in a thermal pool, a visit to the snow, a stay in a haunted hotel and some amazing food. I also shot some outfits while we were down there, but I’ll share those with you in another post. For now, grab a cup of tea and prepare for lots of photos…

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Future Projections [Auckland Festival of Photography]

Last week I made the last minute decision to put some work forward for an exhibition.  I wasn’t going to, because I have a whole bunch of pending uni deadlines and the project I’m working on at the moment is really personal (as in, it’s about me), but I kind of just entered it on what was literally the last day.  Long story short, both pieces I submitted are in the exhibition!

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What a wonderful week #14

Hurray, another short working week! I use the term “working” quite loosely, as it’s been study week for me and I’ve been catching up on my pampering (or as I like to call it, taking some “me time”).

Orere Point at the top of the Firth of Thames

Orere Point at the top of the Firth of Thames

1.The boything and I took a drive out to Orere Point, at the top of the Firth of Thames. It’s so beautiful out there, I suspect I will be heading back out there over Winter to enjoy the moody beach.

2. I had a back scrub and massage from Caroline Hailstone.  If you’ve never had a back scrub before, I suggest that you book yourself one immediately – they are heaven! I booked mine for a sweet $35 (they’re usually $70) through Flossie.com. Continue reading

Northland Society of Arts Members Summer Exhibition 2012

Obsidian IV by Meagan Kerr

Obsidian IV by Meagan Kerr

If you’re in Whangarei over summer, or just passing through, make sure that you drop by Reyburn House in the Town Basin – running from now until 27th January 2013 is the Northland Society of Arts Members Summer Exhibition, and it is definitely worth a look.

Reyburn House is currently alive with boats, brightly coloured flowers, beautiful landscapes and lush gardens, balanced out by some moody, quieter pieces like Obsidian IV (pictured above), which is a photographic print by yours truly!

Obsidian IV is part of a six image series (although only one is included in this exhibition) that explores avant garde style and pays homage to New Zealand fashion’s obsession with black. It is priced at $320, and like many of the pieces in the exhibition, it is available for purchase through Reyburn House.

Also included in the exhibition is Peony and butterflies, a mixed media piece (pictured below), by Northland artist Kim Kerr.  Kim teaches painting and mixed media classes to adults with a range of abilities, if you would like to know more about these, you can contact her at kimkerr@xnet.co.nz

Peony and butterflies explores the fragility of life and the soul moving on, and is priced at $55.

Peony and butterflies by Kim Kerr

Peony and butterflies by Kim Kerr

WHAT: Northland Society of Arts Member Exhibition

WHERE: Reyburn House, Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangarei. Find a map here

WHEN: 8th December 2012 – 27th January 2013 (ON NOW!)

Things that go BOOM!

Last week an awesome thing happened: Kiwi shot putter Valerie Adams was awarded the gold medal  she earned at the 2012 London Olympics.  I won’t go in to the reasons why she didn’t receive it in London, during the Olympics, you can google that yourself.  I wanted to post about Valerie’s award ceremony because I am extremely proud of her and think that this gold medal was an amazing achievement.

I didn’t get a chance to go along to the ceremony, because seats were limited.  I did, however, head over to Devonport, tripod (and boyfriend) in tow. You know why? Fireworks, that’s why.  I’ve never photographed fireworks before, and I wanted to give it a go.

Let me know which one is your favourite by leaving a comment below, and the one with the most votes will become the new cover image for my facebook page for November.  I’ll also send one of you lovelies a treat to say thanks for commenting (open to people in NZ only) – you have until 1159pm on Monday October 1st!

1. Pink fireworks and the bright lights of Auckland City

2. Olympic colours to celebrate an Olympic champion

3. This stunning red and white firework reminded me of a Pokemon ball!

4. This orange and purple firework looks a bit like a pansy, don’t you think?

5. A spectacular fireworks display to celebrate a spectacular achievement. Well done Valerie!

© Meagan Kerr Photography 2012