packing essential

EXPLORING QUEENSTOWN

Exploring Queenstown with Canada Goose

Mt Nicholas Farm.

Mt Nicholas Farm.

Arrowtown.

Arrowtown.

Arrowtown

Arrowtown

Mary MacKillop Church, Arrowtown.

Mary MacKillop Church, Arrowtown.

Skyline, Queenstown.

Skyline, Queenstown.

Stargazing at the Skyline, Queenstown.

Stargazing at the Skyline, Queenstown.

High Country Horses, Glenorchy.

High Country Horses, Glenorchy.

Petting Farm, High Country Horses.

Petting Farm, High Country Horses.

Albarino at Mt Edwards Winery.

Albarino at Mt Edwards Winery.

There's so much to do in New Zealand. The south island offers a plethora of extreme activities, booked at booths on nearly every street corner. But for those who like to keep it low key, I've found some unique experiences around Queenstown that wont break your back.

MT NICHOLAS FARM EXPERIENCE: A scenic cruise and you're at a historic farm situated on Lake Wakatipu. 100,000 acres (the size of Singapore) of incredible terrain is home to over 29,000 sheep. The tour takes you on a 4WD journey around the farm, watching sheep dog round up the lambs and witnessing the production of Merino Wool.
Mt Nicholas Farm Tour

ARROWTOWN: A 20 minute drive from Queenstown and you're in Arrowtown. A quaint town with historic miners cottages, Arrowtown has some great food and boutiques on offer. Head to the Chop Shop for an Asian influenced brunch, Dorothy Brown's for art house cinema, Nadine Milne gallery for upcoming New Zealand artists and The Blue Door for a great speakeasy.

SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN: The gondola is an iconic fixture in the Queenstown landscape but by no means is it kitsch. Take the scenic ride to the top of the mountain and experience some of the best views in town. The more adventurous can ride the luge while others can have a nibble at the indoor cafe. The real winner is the stargazing tour, where you are kitted out with Canada Goose jackets and are guided through the galaxy through some serious pro telescopes.
http://www.skyline.co.nz/

HIGH COUNTRY HORSES: Take the stunning drive out of Queenstown to Glenorchy and you'll find High Country Horses. Small groups are guided through deep river crossings and over land used to film Xmen and The Lord of the Rings. Experienced riders are able to canter while first timers are well looked after. They also have a petting farm full of lambs, calves, deer and pigs.
http://www.high-country-horses.co.nz/

WINE COUNTRY: Pack a picnic and take yourself on a tour around Otago's wine country. Great Chardonnay's, Riesling's and Pinot's are right on Queenstown's doorstep. If you stop at one, they'll most likely recommend another and your day will fly by. Try the Albarino at Mt Edward and make your way from there.
http://www.mountedward.co.nz/

PACKING ESSENTIAL - CANADA GOOSE: Despite spring lambs in abundance during my south island trip, temperatures dropped to below zero overnight. Keeping warm whilst still being functional, as a photographer is essential. This trip I packed the Chelsea Parka by Canada Goose (worn throughout). With its delicate quilting, minimal aesthetic and removable coyota fur hood it's versatile and well designed. The artic tech keeps you dry, multiple zipped pockets on the inside (spare batteries and memory cards - check) and it's filled with 625 Fill Power Duck Down. It's a staple for any traveller.
http://www.canada-goose.com/

ISLAND PACKING ESSENTIALS

Our recent trip to Sri Lanka and Maldives saw us in a dilemma. How does one walk the hills during the day and sip premium gin at night without having to take a checked bag? Here are our packing essentials for the islands of the Laccadive Sea.
Rio playsuit by Faithfull The Brand.

Rio playsuit by Faithfull The Brand.

Bali bikini by Melissa Odabash.

Bali bikini by Melissa Odabash.

'Axel Mano Milanese hat. Stephanie cream cover up by Melissa Odabash.

'Axel Mano Milanese hat. Stephanie cream cover up by Melissa Odabash.

'Axel Mano Parisisal hat.

'Axel Mano Parisisal hat.

Ignes cover up by Melissa Odabash.

Ignes cover up by Melissa Odabash.

Tan sandals by Palmaira Australia.

Tan sandals by Palmaira Australia.

Haute playsuit by Faithfull The Brand

Haute playsuit by Faithfull The Brand

Marbella bikini by Melissa Odabash.

Marbella bikini by Melissa Odabash.

The cover up and bikini: Melissa Odabash

Celebrities and it-women flock to Melissa Odabash for her well-cut, vibrant designer swimwear. We packed the Marbella and Bali Bikini's and her lace cover ups (which were on point for swanning around swish resorts and even made an appearance at dinner). The bra's provide great support, heavy chested women take note, and bottoms don't dig in. The large range accommodates a variety of shapes and sizes and is available online.
http://www.odabash.com

 

The playsuit: Faithfull The Brand

When an Australian and a Norwegian lass created the line, Faithfull The Brand, in Bali, the result of dreamy off-shoulder dresses and open-backed playsuits in hand-printed fabrics seemed natural. Rope and tassel accoutrements leave you feeling beachy and youthful and they fold up tiny for your packing pleasure. Circumferencing an island on your bike, throwing over swimwear to the beach or with gladiator sandals for cocktails: there's no place Faithfull can't go.
http://www.faithfullthebrand.com

 

The hat: 'Axel Mano

We love bespoke hats. Despite being a packing nightmare, they're essential for any island holiday. 'Axel Mano, make their hats in Sydney, Australia by hand, with a range that takes the classics and makes them look organically cool. Leather embellishments, unique colours and a bit of opulence sets 'Axel Mano aside from so many other hat makers. Tip: If you're not taking a hat box then pack it upside down, stuff and surround with clothing to keep it's shape.
http://axelmano.com

 

The sandal: Palmaira

We love the revival of Avarca sandals. Made by hand in Menorca, one island to another, we think these tick off the best of comfort, style, packing size and affordability. The leather is soft and the cut allows your feet to breathe in the heat. Available in a range of colours, we like to stick to the neutrals for versatility.
http://www.palmairasandalsaustralia.com