How's It Going, Mate?

Hello from New Zealand people! I made it! What a long 3 days. It is 9 pm on Saturday here in New Zealand, crazy huh? So while you all are probably sleeping, here I am blogging :) Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring my entire craft room with me so there will be very limited craft-related posts on my blog for the next 9 weeks. I hope my pictures and adventures in New Zealand will be okay for a while as my explorations will take over my blog for a while. I am taking pictures like crazy. I don't want to bombard you, so I'll just do a small sampling for now. I did break out my Holga camera tonight so I hope to get those processed in the next few days.

I really don't have jet lag too bad. We got in yesterday afternoon, and I immediately tackled the grocery store. A few things to point out: NEVER take the price of groceries in the States for granted! For example, one regular package of "streaky" (not really even sure what that means) bacon is $13 here!  Meat is not common - seafood is king! So insane. Produce is huge here. There are fruit farms everywhere and you can just drive in and pick your own fruit, pay and go. There is no Dr. Pepper here. Also, here's another MAJOR problem for me: no coffee makers! They do instant coffee here (and NO Coffeemate creamer). However, since I'm in wine country, this shouldn't be a problem. HAHA!

The scenery here is to die for. Here are a few pictures of our adventures today. We went to Te Mata Peak, the highest point in North New Zealand. It was absolutely breathtaking. People seem to have it right here: they walk, bike, explore, relax. They are polite. Everything seems so easy going, stress free.

View from our apartment on the ocean in Hawke's Bay

Best road name EVER! 

Te Mata Peak

More Te Mata Peak


Pretty flowers in Hastings square

Pacific Ocean in Clive


Sandra 365 Days Of Cricut said...

Very beautiful pics! Have fun! That water looks amazing!

Abby said...

What a wonderful adventure!!!!! I bet this will be sooo fun to scrap!!!!

Jessica said...

Oh wow Erin! Glad you all made it safe. Keep the posts coming, I'd love to see more of New Zealand!

Addicted Scrapper said...

Looking amazing!!

aka Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Glad you made it safe Girlie. These are breath taking photos. I would love to see as many as you're willing to share. If I may ask, What took you all to New Zealand? I may just need to add this to my bucket list. Have lots of fun, what a super, wondeful experience for your daughter. Smooches... frankleecrafts@gmail.com

felkatz said...

OMGosh!!! enjoy enjoy.. post lots and lots of pics!! my dream was always to go to new zealand or australia..


be safe!!

Crafting Katie said...

Looks like Heaven! Enjoy your fabulous trip!

Justine said...

Hi Erin! I'm from NZ originally and I have family in Hawkes Bay/Napier!! Make sure you visit Mission Estate Winery!! It's really an exquisite country and yes, the people are fabulous ;) Enjoy yourself!

Heather said...

Gorgeous pictures! Have a great time! TFS!

Debbie said...

Glad to see you had a safe trip, your pictures are beautiful, wow so pretty enjoy your vacation and have a safe trip home Hugs Debbie

Donna and Sara said...

Those pictures are wonderful! Do you need us to send some coffee?
I think wine is a good substitute!
Looking forward to more posts about your adventures.

liz at liz's paper loft said...

super cool! I want to see all the pictures!
liz :o)

Mindy said...

Wow what an adventure you are on. Ill keep checking back at your amazing photos.

Tanya said...

Love them!! You have an awesome view from your apartment!! So funny you found a road with your name. LOL


Jessica said...

Photography is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your visit for those who don't have an opportunity to travel.

Jess B.

Snowmanlover said...

Simply Gorgeous!!