What a lovely drive through the gold trails of Otago and Southern Lakes. We stopped at Alexandra, had a nice walk through town. Overnight it had snowed, and as a result the temperatures had plummeted to almost Winter temperatures again. It was 6 degrees in Cromwell when we arrived, but oh my was it a very pretty and old historic town. It’s so heart-warming to see old heritage buildings being saved and transformed into viable tourist ventures. img_2269 img_2272 Finally, we arrived in Wanaka, it seems to have grown since I was last here! It is pumping and extremely prosperous, and I do believe it has a better cool vibe than Queenstown. img_2283 We did a great walk along the country lane and down past Rippon vineyards and back into town before heading back up the hill to the holiday park. img_2289 I specifically came here to visit one antique importer, she specialises in Chinese antiques which I have a penchant for, and the store has not disappointed. I have a choice of pieces and need to be aware that I will not get a chance like this for another year to go and shop.

About The Author


My name is Sue-Ellen, I love creating things.
I started this blog thinking I would share some recipes and craft which I make when the opportunity arises.
Then my situation changed, and I decided to sell my house in Auckland, buy a campervan and disappear off down to the South Island and have a complete change of lifestyle, and look for a property to develop into a Bed and Breakfast.
The question was; where in the South Island? I figured the Northern area, as that is where they have the greatest hours of sunshine. But should it be the gorgeous Marlborough sounds or the Nelson/Tasman area?
So let me take you along for the ride and show off my gorgeous country on my crazy adventure. There are three of us on this adventure; Daisy, a wheaten terrier, Monty a schnoodle, and me.

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