Say Hello to Le's New Zealand...

Look we have a PINK vehicle to travel around with Le... quite fashionable don't you think...



Le of Third on the Right is kind enough to give us a scenic tour of her homeland... (PINK words are via Fifi)... Okkkkk... Le tells us about your part of the world...

New Zealand ... land of the long white cloud, home to few people, home to millions of sheep. Once lost in the land of the long white cloud it is a love affair that knows no bounds.
The south island is, without a doubt the heart of this place, the 'mainland' as the locals call it. From rolling plains to mountains high, from snowy dells to wild beaches stripped bare, from elegant homes with stupendous gardens to cozy, shabby cottages down hedged lanes my heart is lost amongst the green, blue and white of this magical place.

With history rich, and a spirit bigger than big, a culture unique and a priceless sense of it's own place in the world, New Zealand is the place of my dreams, home to my heart and chicken soup to my soul. I just love it.

cheers le

LOVELY... Now take us around to see... Ooooh it looks like we are starting with a castle... how royal... please tell us all about it...

Larnach Castle, found on the outskirts of Dunedin http://www.larnachcastle.co.nz/index.pasp

William James Mudie Larnach , of Scottish descent, was born in 1833 in New South Wales, Australia. His banking career began in Melbourne then followed the gold rush to the Australian goldfields where he was manager of the Bank of New South Wales at Ararat. His bank was a tent and his equipment consisted of dogs, a gun, and strong boxes.

Gold was discovered in Otago, New Zealand, in the 1860's. Larnach was offered the position of manager of the Bank of Otago in Dunedin, which serviced the extensive goldfields. He sailed for Dunedin in 1867.

Larnach's brillant career encompassed his merchant empire Guthrie and Larnach, banking, shipping, farming, landholding, politics and ... speculation. He travelled extensively and was a cabinet minister, holding various portfolios, over a period of twenty five years.

Larnach was married three times and had six children. He was pre deceased by his first two wives and his eldest daughter, Kate. He took his own life in the New Zealand parliament buildings in 1898.

Building Larnach Castle

Larnach was a man of great vision and created a magnificent residence for himself and his family.

A story is told that William Larnach and one of his sons went for a horse ride along the top of the Otago Peninsula to choose the best site for their home. Today you can still see why this site was chosen as it has wonderful panoramic views of Dunedin, Otago Harbour, the Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.

First the site was clear-felled, then the hill site was levelled by putting pegs into the volcanic rock and pouring salt water on them to split the rock. Approximately 200 men spent three years building the shell of the Castle and then gifted European craftsmen spent 12 years embellishing the interior.

Materials from all over the world were used - marble from Italy, slate from Wales, tiles from England, glass from Venice and France. No expense was spared in creating Larnach's dream home! Many New Zealand native woods were also used - kauri, rimu floors and honeysuckle panelling. In 1885 a 3000 square foot Ballroom was also added.

Views of the Otago Peninsula from the castle gardens out to sea. Le... this view from the Castle is FABULOUS!

Merino sheep - the livelihood of the area besides tourism...I so hope the sheep don't try to eat the floppy hat or cute pink purse... it's a fear from a petting zoo as a child... hmmm... you know they might have been goats... hmmm... Lake Pukaki - the southern alps - with alpine grass in the foreground...Lake Tekapo a glacier fed highlands lake found in the centre of the south island - skiing in winter and fishing in summer - a paradise found...Let's run to that beach...
Mount Cook Lilly - rare and only found in the mount cook (Aoraki) region - these were on the Hooker Valley walking track ....
At 3754 metres, New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook is dazzling, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that – all making up the famous Southern Alps.

You can enjoy 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings and numerous Walks and Hikes. During the winter guided ski experiences onto New Zealand's longest glacier, the Tasman, is a popular activity and a unique Mount Cook wedding location http://www.mtcooknz.com/mackenzie/home/ more info here - we lived here for a year... those were the days !!
Mt Cook Outlook...
Not sure this outfit will be warm enough for all that snow... The ski fields above Lake Tekapo... oops, forgot ski outfit ...
Mount Cook - the Tasman Glacier - an iceberg - you can take an inflatable raft out and climb on the burgs - great but a wee bit scary ...These Lupins are gorgeous, Le... we should dance through them...Spring time - October at Lake Tekapo ... the story goes that an early settler's wife was so home sick for her flowers that she spread these seeds far and wide around the Lake Tekapo region to have some colour back in her life ...Le, Thank you so much for the scenic tour... a rest and some of that "warm comfort food... lots of salmon - pink - good wines and cheeses" sounds divine... before heading to the next stop

If everyone else is ready... pop over to see Beverly's Wonderful PINK SATURDAY participants... it should be a delightful day for ALL!

Don't forget your CHAIR ENTRIES and to come vote on Monday! I think I will throw in another random drawing prize for one lucky winner... so make sure to comment and vote!

New Zealand Photos via Le... Fashion photos via Vogue March 2009 ... it looks like a GREAT issue CHECK IT OUT!

30 comments:

Petunia said...

Dearest Fifi:

Oh my! What I journey I had to get to your party in New Zealand! After the little incident at the "resort" I was staying at...I don't think charges will be pressed, thank goodness...I flew to the airport and made the plane! The first class passage was superb but when I landed the man at the customs counter in New Zealand tried to keep me from entering their fine country! Turns out Violet's name is not a good name to mention when trying to give names of those who might give a character reference. She might be on a no fly list. But, of course, I could be wrong about that. One never knows. Your name, Fifi, worked like a charm!

I just loved the castle! I think it goes perfectly with my crown! I just wonder if there is man left in the free world who can buy it for me. I shall have to look into this immediately upon my return to the States.

The sheep were precious. I think a lovely sheep shawl would go a long way to keeping these people warm in all this winter they have. Do you know if PETA is active here? Well, whatever. The flowers I cut looked great in my hair! I took a picture. I'll send it to you! I know you will want a copy for your mantle.

All in all, Fifi, it was another successful party! Did you know I keep a diary of all the parties I attend? One day my records will be worth a fortune at Sotheby's I have no doubt and be considered an historical document. My entries about your parties are always the longest as they are the loveliest of every season!

Sincerely,

Petunia who is so thankful that horrid place forwarded your invitation to her so that your friends could see her again.

Barbie said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Char said...

a beautiful journey

Haven and Home said...

I am dying to go there. What a wonderful post!

Mimi said...

I just l♥ve Pink Saturday. Not only is it my favorite color, I get to see all of the beautiful blogs created by some of the most artistic people on the web. Thanks so much!

Beverly said...

What a great time I had touring New Zealand with you. I've never been, but it is my neighbor's favorite of all the countries she has visited.

Happy Pink Saturday, Fifi. (I e-mailed you a chair picture.)

PamperingBeki said...

Goodness, what gorgeous views!

pinkstilettos said...

Love that pink Jeep! I wish I had one. Daisy~

TRES BELLE said...

Why that lovely pink jeep reminds me of a Barbie jeep...you know the ones that you buy for your kids!! Hi, Fifi, I'm new to the group starting next Saturday and I just thought I'd stop by for a visit. Wonderful journey to New Zealand...had a cousin who dated a man from there and she was lucky enough to go visit. Drats!! Lucky girl.

Kris

Debbie said...

I had such a wonderful journey with you! Love that pink vehicle too!

Wishing you a delightful weekend!

Blessings - Debbie

le @ thirdontheright said...

ohhhh miss fifi you have outdone yourself - thanks ever so much for playing round new zealand with me :)

for an aussie girl like me to call new zealand the 'home of her heart' it must really be something special ...

I have so enjoyed sharing this with all and who knows one day we might get to host a in the flesh do under a pink marque with pink and white fairy lights and salmon canapes with chilled white wine and champagne chasers ....and baby pink meragines with fresh raspberries and clotted cream for dessert ... hmmmm hugs le xoxo

Ivy Lane said...

Thanks for the virtual pink journey Fifi!!!

If anyone would like to visit my blog today, I posted for Pink Saturday and am in need of "pink prayers" for a friend!

Bon Weekend! :)

She'sSewPretty said...

Thanks so much for the tour of NZ. My niece is in the south of New Zealand right now. I'll have to tell her about my virtual tour. Have a wonderful pink weekend♥

Susan said...

Happy Pink Saturday Fifi!
New Zealand is on my list of "One day I want to visit"!

Susan

nikkicrumpet said...

What a beautiful country....I love Lupines...I never have any luck growing them...and they are HUGE there!

Savvy Mode SG said...

new zealand sounds wonderful!!!

Violet said...

Petunia,

You obviously gave my name to the wrong customs officer! If you would have mentioned my name to one of MY peeps, he would have given a free pass to GO! Not my fault you don't know how to use my name to your advantage, I guess you gotta learn from the master....oh, well, atleast you made it to Fifi's party in New Zealand. Fifi, maybe you should invite smarter people like me instead of Petunia, who can't figure out how to properly use her crown to her advantage. "Just sayin'"

Erica A. said...

Darling, you in my blog? It's so nice!! I love yours!
;))))

cindy : quaint said...

such a great tour! love the pink and those colorful spectator shoes, too!

Joyce said...

Thank you for the magical trip! A very beautiful view. Enjoy the rest of the weekend my friend. xoxo

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Ooh, sounds gorgeously lovely! I would love to travel to New Zealand! But, in the meantime I Cannot wait to read about more journeys!

kendalee said...

Gorgeous trip!!! New Zealand is such a special place - thanks for inviting us along. :)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh this was fun. I really enjoyed the tour. Looks like a great place to visit.
I got on your blog this morning much better. :))

KatCollects said...

I want a pink jeep : ) Happy belated pink Saturday.
Kathy

Dee from Downunder said...

I really should visit NZ one day, it looks beautiful, thanks for the tour!

Callie Grayson said...

New Zealand is so beautiful. another fabulous tour!

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I’m still stopping in on my Pink Saturday list. My niece was an exchange student in New Zealand and loved it. She wants to live there!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi,

I live in NZ and the South Island is beautiful, but so is the North Island.
That pink jeep looks like a fun way to travel.

I hope you will all get to come and visit our beautiful Country one day.

Carolyn

Raina said...

Hi ya Fifi,

You invited me (an American expat living in NZ) over to check out this post. I have to say that the New Zealand of your post is not the New Zealand I live in.

I'm not going to spoil your readers rose-colored vision of KiwiLand, but if they want a more realistic view of the country I invite them to stop by my blog and click on the "Life in New Zealand" tag.

Florists Churchchrist said...

Those flowers there are nice and beautiful. So elegant, i wish i have one in my house.

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