New Zealand Trip: Part 2

January 16, 2017 | 17 Comments

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It was really nice that we finished up our NZ trip with some summer weather!

We had two days in the lovely town of Akaroa, which despite a daytime influx of 7000 people from two cruise ships, returned to a lazy summer holiday place in the evening. While I was sketching the kids jumping off the wharf, a woman from Christchurch who was on vacation for a week, sat down and chatted to me.

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Akaroa
is a small town located in the middle of an old volcano and is surrounded by hills. This is a view from the ‘summit road’ along the rim.

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We headed to the small settlement of Okain’s Bay on one of the outer bays of the volcano and sketched the small general store and old petrol station.

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Lots of cute cottages some with French influences (Akaroa was a French settlement in the early days) and we sketched one of them.

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Numerous wharves, boating club buildings and a lighthouse.

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Here is the spread I did with three quick sketches.

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And some photos of scenes that I didn’t get to sketch…

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…and yes the water was really that colour!

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On the last evening we had some background music. How stunning is that?


The final 4 nights were spent in Auckland – a city that is built around its harbour.

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On the first evening I sketched the view from my bed (using my blue scarf to protect the white sheets!)

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On Saturday Murray Dewhurst took us around town and gave us a great overview of the city, including views of distant old volcanoes.

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We sketched One Tree Hill (yes, another volcano) that is an important Maori memorial.

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Here is Murray and his daughter Zoe in action.

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In the afternoon we had lunch with Eric, another local sketcher who I had met in Singapore, and we sketched the view of the city.

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Chris’s photo showing our view.

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Here is a part of my sketch.


Today was our final day and I went a little crazy. I did 10 separate sketches.

LizSteel-Final-Esplanade-Photo-StreetWe went to Devonport and I sketched The Esplanade Hotel on the corner.

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And then another street scene.

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We walked to Cheltenham Beach and I loved this boat shed.

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We then returned to the city and ended the day in Albert Park.


Here are four double page spreads from today:

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It has been a great holiday, and as always I have lots of new ideas in my head so I’m keen to get back to normal life so I can work on them!

 

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