Stoneridge Estate Winery

Stoneridge Estate Winery

I had imagined New Zealand’s vineyards to be mainly in the North Island and of course the Marlborough region of the South Island. Certainly never as far south as Queenstown. It was a surprise to find so many to choose from around Lake Hayes, just 15 minutes drive east of Queenstown. This building was the first on the Stoneridge Estate. It’s a historic resurrection built from reclaimed timbers and stone. As you can see from my photograph the building (and others such as a Chapel and Lodge) are set in amazing gardens with a small vineyard on site. An idyllic location for a wine tasting.

Ko Hoturoa

Ko Hoturoa

Ko Hoturoa is an ancient Maori carving. He was the commander of the Tainui canoe  and the ancestor of the Tainui people. They include Ngāti Maniapoto as well as  the tribes of Waikato, Hauraki and Ngāti Raukawa. This photograph was taken in  the Te Parapara Garden, part of the amazing Hamilton Gardens. It demonstrates  traditional Maori horticulture, with particular reference to Waikato.

Maori Garden Entrance

Maori Garden Entrance

New Zealand’s first Maori garden recently opened at Hamilton Gardens. I stumbled across the gardens quite by chance but thought there would be a photo opportunities here. The large carved posts provide and impressive entrance to the traditional garden. Inside there were many plants that Maori people use in a variety of different ways. There were also many more carvings and a couple of buildings.

Parnell Festival of Roses

Parnell Festival of Roses

This annual event takes place each spring in Parnell Rose garden. Having photographed a number of beautiful gardens full of flowers back in England I went early. So early in fact that these were taken last weekend and the festival doesn’t start until tomorrow (3rd November). This meant the flowers looked amazing and I almost had the whole gardens to myself. Above is a view of the Nancy Steen Garden from the road that runs through the park. Below are a few close up shots of some of the more unusual colours.