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February 10 on 10 | Our Whirlwind Trip to New Zealand

Two weeks ago my husband came home from work and over dinner casually asked me if I would be interested in joining him on a business trip to New Zealand.  I immediately said “yes” and then asked, “when do we leave?”  While I realized it was a last minute invitation, little did I know that his response would be “next week.”

I frantically called my mom (who lives in the Midwest) to see if she could fly out to watch our four kids and lucky for me, she was able and eager to do so.  Next on my agenda was getting my expired passport renewed (thank goodness we have a passport agency in San Francisco) and figuring out what camera lenses to bring.  To say I was excited (and a bit overwhelmed) would be an understatement.

In any case, everything came together and on January 31st we flew to Queenstown, New Zealand and arrived on February 2nd (so weird to have totally missed out on February 1).  So for this month’s 10 on 10 I couldn’t help but share some of the photos I captured while visiting this beautiful country.  As you will see, New Zealand is a landscape photographer’s paradise.  The vistas are Ahhhhmazing!   Oh and in case you are wondering I brought along my 24-70mm and borrowed a 16-35 mm lens from a great new photography and video gear rental company LensLends.com (do check them out).

New Zealand is the place to go if you like the outdoors and are a thrill seeker.  They have all kinds of activities waiting for you including, canyoning, zip-lining, paragliding, bungy jumping, and hiking.  Since I am one of those risk adverse folks, we stuck to a nice bike rides, hikes and a tour of the high country (although I did muster up the nerve to go canyoning).  Below you’ll find a few highlights from our trip. I’ve also included a link to a video I made in case you want to see more.  🙂  And after you’ve checked out my Kiwi highlights, do pop over to Laura’s blog The Sweet Life for a peek into her day.

  • Oh Kristina! These are amazing! I am so happy for you that you got to have such a beautiful adventure and I am completely in awe. Amazing stills and footage. Great job on the video, by the way. I now have to put New Zealand on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen

    I love these! I want to go now. I’ll try everything (except the bungy) Gorgeous photos and so brilliant how everything came together to make it happen. Thank you for sharing your adventure Kristina – the video is wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • glenda

    I want to go too##! Awesome photos and looks like you guys had a blast…what a blessing and a wonderful experience:)ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kristina! Those are gorgeous shots and the video is fantastic! For a self-professed “risk-adverse” type, you sure did go on an adventure of a lifetime! Sheesh, I feel like a total wall-flower compared to you! Thanks so much for sharing your thrilling Kiwi quest : )ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic Kristina! That first picture of the lodge just captured my heart, so magical. And you are such an inspiration with your sweet videos. Skylar watched with me – we both loved the sheep and I was so excited to hear her exclaiming “that looks so fun” and “I want to do that” during all of the adventuring shots/videos! So happy you were able to cease this once in a lifetime opportunity. xoReplyCancel

  • WOW! I want go to there!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my gosh – what fun!! It looks like you all had a blast! You captured it so well, too! What a magical place!ReplyCancel