Showing posts with label new zealand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new zealand. Show all posts

Monday, 6 February 2017

New Plymouth, New Zealand - Just Like Oregon, USA

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyAs I approach my upcoming New Zealand trip, I find myself reminiscing about our last little adventure.

Our travels led us from Cambridge on the North Island, South West to New Plymouth by way of Lake Taupo.

The imposing Mount Taranaki volcano and the quaintness of the seaside buildings, reminded us immediately of Oregon, USA

It was like having Mt Hood and Cannon Beach all in one place. Of course, just add the super friendly New Zealander's and you have the perfect little get away.

The State Hotel, an absolutely gorgeous quaint boutique hotel on Devon Street right in the heart of New Plymouth was our home for the next two nights.
New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
The Common Sitting room in The State Hotel, Devon Street, New Plymouth


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Hallway to our room, State Hotel

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
The entrance to The State Hotel and our bedroom.

 We found the perfect little Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant for dinner, Loving Hut, just down the street from the hotel. The food was not only fabulous but extremely reasonably priced which is my favourite kind!

New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby

Breakfast at Elixir Cafe was good but expensive. Yes, eating and drinking was somewhat a theme this trip!


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyWalking off our breakfast, we headed up the hill towards the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre for some artistic inspiration. The perfect morning for a writer, an artist and a photographer!


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Old Meets New The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and The Snug Lounge
New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Always something to admire when you walk the streets of New Plymouth, many of the buildings have fantastic art on them.



New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina Beilby
Just a little east on Devon Street, we enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at The Federal StoreOne of our favourite spots. If I were a local, I think this would be a regular fave.





Our lovely friend took us for a coast drive. We climbed a giant rock (well I got half way), slid down a giant sand dune, walked along the beach with black sand, walked through a forest with giant trees and ended at a winery with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the ocean.


New Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyNew Plymouth, New Zealand by Sydney Photographer, Nina BeilbyCan't wait to get back...

Related Posts...
You may be interested in other related posts such as a visit to Hobbiton which is very close to Sakura and a must do on your visit; Cambridge, the closest town; Sakura's yoga retreat; the glorious Blue Springs which are also close to Sakura. 

Sakura - Yoga Retreat and Health Spa

Cambridge - Not What We Expected!
Hobbiton Movie Set - A Definite New Zealand Must Do
Blue Spring - Te Waihou Walkway


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You can purchase prints and canvas prints on the website.


About the author/photographer...

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au



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Monday, 16 May 2016

Blue Spring Te Waihou Walkway - No Longer A Secret

A must do in New Zealand
Well, this glorious Spring used to be a well kept local secret. Not any more. A walkway has been built, a viewing deck and bathrooms installed.  Even the roads to the Spring are being upgraded as we speak to cope with the influx of tourist traffic heading here. I hope people are respectful so that it will remain a sacred and beautiful place for a long time to come.


A must do in New Zealand
The water is so clear my feet look as though they are floating in mid air!


A must do in new Zealand
The walkway makes it an easy hike
A Must do in New Zealand


Such a peaceful place. I could sit here and meditate for hours. There is something wonderfully spiritual about it.

A must do in New Zealand

After a very short walk, you are rewarded with a lovely waterfall. This little section is no longer on the walkway and gets muddy and slippery so bring appropriate shoes. Especially if you want to climb rocks and hang from trees to take photos like I did!

A must do in New Zealand

Top 10 thing to do in New Zealand

Look for Rose Milligan's poem engraved on plaques placed on 4 large boulders on your way out from the trail. It is so appropriate and meaningful for this amazing and peaceful place.

Dust If You Must

by Rose Milligan

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.



There are lots of fun facts, directions and more on the www.HamiltonWaikato.com website.

You are welcome to look at other posts from our NZ trip. 
Sakura - Yoga Retreat and Health Spa
Cambridge - Not What We Expected!
Hobbiton Movie Set - A Definite New Zealand Must Do


Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au


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Cambridge, New Zealand - Not What I'd Expected!

A traditional telephone booth is now a Book Exchange

After miles and miles of rolling deep green hills dotted with sheep and cattle, we arrive in Cambridge. Much to our surprise and delight, it was not at all what we expected to find 135 kilometres (83.9 miles) from Auckland.  


Cambridge is a quaint mix of colonial traditional and hipster all set amongst well maintained lush gardens and flagstone pavements. 

And as we were to discover, Cambridge is not only home to dairy farmers and horse breeders but also elite athletes. National sport organisations like cycling, rowing, and triathlon are based here. 


Enjoying the Autumn Sunshine at Cafe Rouge



paddock cafe grow their own herbs..








Town Clock



St Andrews Anglican Church

Maungatautari Road
Heading out of downtown Cambridge toward Sakura (Health Spa & Retreat), the tree lined streets surround Lake Karapiro. There is the purpose built Te Awa 8km walk/cycle way, (we walked) and enjoyed the most lovely fresh air and several visits from Tieke, a very inquisitive local bird.





Whilst my friend and I enjoyed our brisk walk, our teen decided to sit and read.

Cambridge was just stunning and one of my new favourite places on earth. Stay tuned for more of our trip including Hobbiton, Sakura and New Plymouth.


Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au


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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sakura Yoga Retreat and Health Spa - Lifestyle Photography

Zen...
Blankets will keep you warm during meditation


Sensitive Instruction
Nestled in hills of Cambridge, New Zealand, Gwen and Lloyd have created a quiet haven perfect for reflection, relaxation, recovery or meditation.

Whilst in the final stages of preparation for the official launch of their retreat and bed & breakfast website, you can keep up to date on their Facebook page, here.

These images are from the Yoga room, stay tuned for further posts which will include the rest of the property and local attractions such as Hobbiton and Blue Springs.

Namaste...



Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Portrait of a Triathlete



We didn't have long for this shoot. 

Jo was to fly out the next morning for Auckland where she was to represent Australia in the ITU World Championship Triathlon.  In addition to being a world class athlete, Jo is also the mother of four young children. So as well as packing up her bike, gear and suits, we had to juggle swim practice, squads and dinner preparations. 

No remote beach or mountainous location for us. We shot by by the pool during swim practice with my daughter on the Speedlite and softbox modifier and Jo's daughter on the reflector.




My challenges included shooting into the full sun. I was worried the Speedlite and reflector couldn't handle the blazing Australian sun but they were perfect and I ended up using it as a lovely back and rim light. I had to drop out the background because cars and buses kept passing or parking behind Jo but this also served to highlight her so I was happy. And lastly, we were shooting mid squad training so I had to try for a clear shot with eight lanes of  swimmers pounding through their sets. This just meant we had to get the shot right and quickly. So my challenges became my greatest assets.

The swimming leg saw Jo running 25th, she dropped back a little on the bike and run finishing 55th fastest in the world...pretty amazing achievement. Very pleased for Jo.