Lake Tekapo : New Zealand


Yesterday we drove through what could’ve been a slice of Heaven. No, really, everywhere I looked, there appeared to be a celestial element everywhere. Each bend of the road brought forth new beauty and, yes, even the sheep looked beautiful. Despite the jet-lag, JD and I are loving every minute of our time here in New Zealand thus far. We stayed the night at Lake Tekapo and I feel like my soul has found it’s resting place. It’s gorgeous I could cry. We’re off for a hike right now, but here are a few snap shots of our day thus far….

Our awesome hotel…

Umm, yeah. There are just random farm houses that make smile…

I swear. I swear this was a toe-touch….JD just captured it at the wrong moment. Swear.

Hey, Mom, I’m excited!

We’re off to Queenstown for the day and plan to spend New Year watching the sunrise together….I wish you all a very happy New Year and may 2010 bring nothing but happiness and joy!

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  1. Rachel Perry

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Looks pretty sweet! Enjoy your time there!

  2. Kare

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Happy New Year, Jasmine and JD – I love that we get to go along to New Zealand and Australia with you! Enjoy!

  3. Jacqueline Elizabeth

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Enjoy your trip!!!

  4. jem

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    That hotel is indeed fan. tas. tic. Hope you both have a creamy, blissful New Year in New Zealand! God bless you!

  5. fiona andersen

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    OMG you are so close!!! Tekapo is 1.5 hrs from moi!! Enjoy… enjoy, you are going to love your journey… see you in Christchurch

  6. michelle carrillo

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Can’t wait to see more. The scenery looks relaxing, to say the least. Have a happy new year!

  7. marissa moss

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    that hotel looks amazing!!!! and clearly you are excited about it too! hehe.

  8. ashley o

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    yaaaaaayyyyyy!!!! have a blast and be sure to share your adventures!

  9. Jan

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    If you’re still staying in the Lake Tekapo area, go on a late night star gazing tour at Mt. John observatory (sign up in town). The town is kept fairly dark for the observatory, so it’s just stunning how many stars you can see. Plus it’s the southern hemisphere constellations which is unique for us. They also provide warm coats and hot chocolate. 🙂
    The best thing in Queenstown is skydiving with NZONE. The view is spectacular! And for food, I ate at the Vudu Cafe on Beech St. 3 times, yummy!
    I look forward to seeing more of your pictures!

  10. Cathy Crawley

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    You are absolutely adorable! I think I need to come over so we can nut out some last minute plans. *grin* BTW, that jacket you are wearing, you won’t need that in Sydney it’s going to be HOT!

  11. ajira

    December 30th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    WOOOHOOOO!! Enjoy NZ… My friend has lived there for a coupla years and says it is gorgeous!

  12. Giovanna Matarazzo-MAndel

    December 30th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    It’s all about happiness! Happy New Year to the both of you. My mantra when traveling…"It’s not right, it’s not wrong, it’s just different". Enjoy the differences:)

  13. Julie

    December 30th, 2009 at 11:44 pm


    Enjoy NZ. We went there for our honeymoon. Queenstown is amazing. Checkout the downhill races and of course all the Lord of the Rings sites!

  14. andychin

    December 30th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    you guys sure have fun there!
    Happy New Year, greeting from Malaysia!

  15. beka hope

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    You’re in my country! So exciting to see it through your eyes 🙂 hope you enjoy your time here!

  16. Mel

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Jasmine you are so cute! Love the last pic! I feel like I am right there with you! So excited for you! ROCK IT OUT!

  17. kris rupp

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Happy New Year J* and JD!!

  18. J.lee

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I love that new places can truly feel like heaven. Can’t wait for more photos

  19. Linda Sherrill

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Too funny! Have a great time!
    Looking forward to updates…

  20. Heather LaBone

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I love the hotel! What a fabulous place! Have fun you two!

  21. michelle sidles

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    These shots are CLASSIC!!! 🙂 Have fun!!

  22. Stacy

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:08 am

    How awesome!! Jealous over here in freezing Ohio. Enjoy your time and Happy New Year to you two as well. 🙂

  23. Erin

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I LOVE the hotel! I would live there if I could. Have fun, and have a great New Years!

  24. Night owl

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Lol you are crazy .. in a good way 🙂

  25. Kathy Chappell

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Yaaaaay, you made it safely…great pictures! Thank you for sharing your amazing trip…can’t wait for your next blog entry 🙂

  26. Meg

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    I miss New Zealand. Try going to the Punakaki Pancake Rock formations. They’re gorgeous. And don’t forget Fox Glacier!

  27. Mom

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Thank you for the pictures Jasmine! Can’t wait to see more.

  28. Marie-Edith Dugoujon

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Love how you use vignetting EVEN on your holiday photos!! Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere and Happy New Year to you!! Kisses from Australia x

  29. Bobbie Brown

    December 31st, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I feel like I am one of the first to leave a comment a lot lately, maybe I am checking my google reader more often than the norm?! Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  30. Melissa Jean

    December 31st, 2009 at 2:31 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks for all the wonderful help you’ve been in ’09!

  31. Lydia

    December 31st, 2009 at 2:40 am

    That last picture = priceless!

  32. Tiffany de Grasse

    December 31st, 2009 at 2:54 am

    What a cute hotel! wow you found an amazing way to ring in 2010! have a beautiful time watching the sun rise

  33. Luke Arms

    December 31st, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Woo! Michelle and I stayed in Lake Tekapo on our honeymoon … 5 years ago! *Such* a nice place 🙂

  34. Sue McFarland

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Looks like your New Year is going to start off great!!! Enjoy your self!

  35. Jessica Shae

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:28 am

    You are so so adorb and these pictures make me smile so much 🙂

  36. heidi at indy photography

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:42 am

    man, people writing from the other side of the world TOTALLY confuse me.

    hope you have a fabulous time! happy new year, jasmine and jd!

  37. Erin Elizabeth

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Oh my gosh, it’s so pretty! Have a happy new year in NZ!

  38. feuza

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:35 am

    New Zealand is on my list of places to visit in my lifetime, australia perhaps too just not happy about them being world snake capitol, I can not wait to see all the pixs and hear the stories, so love your almost matrix shots~

  39. Matt Ebenezer

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Have an awesome time in NZ guys! Looking forward to catching up with you in Sydney!

  40. gladys jem

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:58 am

    hahah oh jasmine. i laughed so hard when i saw the toe touch picture and the caption for it. seriously. you’re a crack up. chris also just said "she’s so thug" happy new year to you and jd!

  41. Kim Spears

    December 31st, 2009 at 6:48 am

    You’re AWESOME 🙂 Have a blast you super cool human !!

  42. luminita

    December 31st, 2009 at 9:54 am

    i’m Luminita, i’m from Romania. it is the first time i post here although i visited ur blog with regularity the latter half of 2009, whenever i felt the need of something good and invigorating. i want to thank you because although you don’t know me and you didn’t post for me in particular, with your work displayed here, you managed to offer joy to my soul. beyond the exceptional quality of the pictures and the marvelous ideas standing behind them, you manage the catch something immaterial in your pics – love, as amazing and precious as it was given to the human beeings. to do that, you have to have soul, and even a beautiful one. Happy New Year, dear Jasmine!

  43. Elizabeth

    December 31st, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Happy New Year!! Can’t wait to see more pics, your pics make me feel like I am there. Have tons of fun!

  44. Alexandra

    December 31st, 2009 at 11:32 am

    hahahahaha I’m LOVING the last two images 🙂

  45. Caroline Ghetes

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    OMG, you are hilarious! Weird too…in a good way. I swear ; )

  46. Thomas Beaman

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Happy New Year Jasmine! I can’t wait to see more photos from your trip……what an awesome to start the new year!

  47. marianne worlow

    December 31st, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Happy New Year!!
    p.s. can you pretty please bring me back just one of the hotel buildings..i really dig them!! 😉

  48. anda

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    oh wow i want to go there!! i love these photos 🙂 happy new year!

  49. Daniel Finger

    December 31st, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Curte muito neste lugar pois você merece.

  50. Jakki

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Doncha just love places that make you FEEL??? Love the shots here…they are perfect!

  51. Justin

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Hello Jasmine! What an amazing place! I actually stayed at that same hotel in february of this year! The water in that lake is unbelievable. If you get a chance try to go see the glacier at the head of this lake. Also keep and eye out for the thousands of wild hare’s that are running about. Have fun!

  52. Leyla

    December 31st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    So good to hear that you guys are safely there, and are loving every moment. Lovely shots so far, can’t wait to see more!

    Happy New Year & May you always stay the way you are today! Totally awesome! xoxo

  53. Erica Velasco

    December 31st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    how fun!

  54. Dawn McCarthy

    December 31st, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I believe you. You know…about the toe-touch. 😉

  55. Tina dela Rosa

    December 31st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oh, I’m truly envious. Beautiful images! One day I’ll hit NZ 🙂

  56. Deyla Huss Photography

    December 31st, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Thats Awesome! have a Fabulous time, and many New Year Hugs your way! Cheers!

  57. Trish

    December 31st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Awsome! I cant wait to see more images, it looks so lovely there.

  58. Ricki Ford

    December 31st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I love that last shot!!Happy New Year!

  59. s h e r r y

    December 31st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Looks like you’re having a blast in NZ! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  60. Miz Booshay

    December 31st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    So….you were a cheerleader.

    Super Great!

  61. ashleigh

    December 31st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    totally jealous! NZ seems amazing!!! love the last 2 pics! enjoy your trip!!!

  62. megmanionsilliker

    December 31st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    happy new year jasmine. thank you so much for all the inspiration you give me. here’s to a great, healthy and successful 2010 for us all. have a blast at your workshops! xo

  63. Life with Kaishon

    December 31st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Your toe touch is SENSATIONAL! I can totally see that he missed the shot. Seriously! Have a wonderful vacation.

  64. Jen May

    December 31st, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    great jumping shots 😀

  65. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    January 1st, 2010 at 12:37 am

    jasmine you can jump very high. happy new year. May god bless you even more so you can share even more. 🙂

  66. Shannon

    January 1st, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Love the jumping shots. Have fun over there.

  67. Marissa Rodriguez

    January 1st, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I totally believe you about the toe touch 🙂

  68. alistair

    January 1st, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Happy sheep chasing!

  69. AmandaD

    January 1st, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Love your photos! Hubby and I will be in the South Island in 2 months & I’m so excited to go. Post lots of photos from your trip & Happy New Year!

  70. Regina White

    January 1st, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    You just make me laugh…JD too. Happy to see your having a good time.

  71. Ashley Madsen

    January 1st, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    This is one place that is a must visit for me sometime. Every picture I’ve ever seen of it is just stunning. Have so much fun!!!

  72. Kia Gregory

    January 1st, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    You all are starting off 2010 in a big way! Hope you’re still enjoying yourselves! Good on ya!

  73. Jonni Sergi

    January 2nd, 2010 at 5:54 am

    What a great way to start off 2010! Gorgeous images and hope you guys are having a blast.


  74. amanda thiessen

    January 2nd, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    so jealous!! have a great time!

  75. Angela Haig-McAuliffe

    January 3rd, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hi Jasmine,
    i have been reading your blogs for a while and now your in my part of the world. I’m holidaying in Wanaka, close to Tekapo and Queenstown. It’s lovely to see people appreciating our beautiful country. Enjoy your time and if you have time, come visit a fan in Dunedin.

  76. Dillon Driscoll

    July 10th, 2014 at 10:09 pm