I was going to write a travelog this week about my last three weeks, all spent in New Zealand. However, this morning the plans changed. As we left our AirBnB in Queenstown on the South Island, a previous client popped in to pick up a raincoat he'd left there. He asked where we were headed and, when I said Glenorchy at the end of Lake Wakatipu, he suggested we stop on the way at a little piece of paradise.
And were blown away.
The Little Paradise Lodge sits on he 45th parallel, equidistant from the equator and the South Pole, and a long way from anywhere. (Click on any photo to enlarge it.)
|The 25 cms represents the amount of space every South African would have if standing in a row from here to Pretoria; the 95 cms is the amount of space they would have if standing next to each other around the world.|
It is unobtrusively located next to Highway 6 from Queenstown, but the moment you leave the car, you realise that this is something special.
Lonely Planet has this to say:
In reality, words cannot describe the two or so hectares that comprise the gardens - streams and ponds surrounded by 3,000 roses, 40,000 daffodils, thousands of lilies, a variety of weird and wonderful plants, as well as interesting and quirky sculptures, mainly in yoga poses.
So let's dispense with words and use pictures.
|The hanging strands are stone covered string|
|Reception at the Lodge|
|The Moa and Haast's eagle are both extinct.|
I guess Blogspot just ran out of storage space - I'll post a second blog for the rest of the photos.