Lake Tekapo : New Zealand

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 -

    Looks pretty sweet! Enjoy your time there!

      12.30.09 - 9:50 pm

  2. Kare -

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

      12.30.09 - 9:58 pm

  3. Jacqueline Elizabeth -

    Enjoy your trip!!!

      12.30.09 - 9:58 pm

  4. jem -

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

      12.30.09 - 9:59 pm

  5. fiona andersen -

    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

      12.30.09 - 10:05 pm

  6. michelle carrillo -

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

      12.30.09 - 10:11 pm

  7. marissa moss -

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

      12.30.09 - 10:16 pm

  8. ashley o -

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

      12.30.09 - 10:26 pm

  9. Jan -

    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!

      12.30.09 - 10:26 pm

  10. Cathy Crawley -

    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!

      12.30.09 - 10:26 pm

  11. ajira -

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

      12.30.09 - 10:27 pm

  12. Giovanna Matarazzo-MAndel -

    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:)

      12.30.09 - 11:24 pm

  13. Julie -


    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!

      12.30.09 - 11:44 pm

  14. andychin -

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

      12.30.09 - 11:45 pm

  15. beka hope -

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

      12.31.09 - 12:12 am

  16. Mel -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 12:19 am

  17. kris rupp -

    Happy New Year J* and JD!!

      12.31.09 - 12:24 am

  18. J.lee -

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

      12.31.09 - 12:26 am

  19. Linda Sherrill -

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

      12.31.09 - 12:31 am

  20. Heather LaBone -

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

      12.31.09 - 12:46 am

  21. michelle sidles -

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

      12.31.09 - 12:48 am

  22. Stacy -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:08 am

  23. Erin -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:13 am

  24. Night owl -

    Lol you are crazy .. in a good way 🙂

      12.31.09 - 1:14 am

  25. Kathy Chappell -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:17 am

  26. Meg -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:22 am

  27. Mom -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:49 am

  28. Marie-Edith Dugoujon -

    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

      12.31.09 - 1:59 am

  29. Bobbie Brown -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 2:12 am

  30. Melissa Jean -

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

      12.31.09 - 2:31 am

  31. Lydia -

    That last picture = priceless!

      12.31.09 - 2:40 am

  32. Tiffany de Grasse -

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

      12.31.09 - 2:54 am

  33. Luke Arms -

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

      12.31.09 - 2:56 am

  34. Sue McFarland -

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

      12.31.09 - 3:13 am

  35. Jessica Shae -

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

      12.31.09 - 3:28 am

  36. heidi at indy photography -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 3:42 am

  37. Erin Elizabeth -

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

      12.31.09 - 4:21 am

  38. feuza -

    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~

      12.31.09 - 4:35 am

  39. Matt Ebenezer -

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

      12.31.09 - 4:36 am

  40. gladys jem -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 4:58 am

  41. Kim Spears -

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

      12.31.09 - 6:48 am

  42. luminita -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 9:54 am

  43. Elizabeth -

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

      12.31.09 - 10:50 am

  44. Alexandra -

    hahahahaha I’m LOVING the last two images 🙂

      12.31.09 - 11:32 am

  45. Caroline Ghetes -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:19 pm

  46. Thomas Beaman -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:43 pm

  47. marianne worlow -

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

      12.31.09 - 1:59 pm

  48. anda -

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

      12.31.09 - 3:05 pm

  49. Daniel Finger -

    Curte muito neste lugar pois você merece.

      12.31.09 - 3:27 pm

  50. Jakki -

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

      12.31.09 - 4:15 pm

  51. Justin -

    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!

      12.31.09 - 4:16 pm

  52. Leyla -

    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

      12.31.09 - 4:40 pm

  53. Erica Velasco -

    how fun!

      12.31.09 - 5:22 pm

  54. Dawn McCarthy -

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

      12.31.09 - 5:49 pm

  55. Tina dela Rosa -

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

      12.31.09 - 6:05 pm

  56. Deyla Huss Photography -

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

      12.31.09 - 6:43 pm

  57. Trish -

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

      12.31.09 - 7:11 pm

  58. Ricki Ford -

    I love that last shot!!Happy New Year!

      12.31.09 - 7:53 pm

  59. s h e r r y -

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

      12.31.09 - 7:54 pm

  60. Miz Booshay -

    So….you were a cheerleader.

    Super Great!

      12.31.09 - 8:49 pm

  61. ashleigh -

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

      12.31.09 - 8:56 pm

  62. megmanionsilliker -

    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

      12.31.09 - 9:26 pm

  63. Life with Kaishon -

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

      12.31.09 - 10:32 pm

  64. Jen May -

    great jumping shots 😀

      12.31.09 - 11:16 pm

  65. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer -

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

      1.1.10 - 12:37 am

  66. Shannon -

    Love the jumping shots. Have fun over there.

      1.1.10 - 2:50 am

  67. Marissa Rodriguez -

    I totally believe you about the toe touch 🙂

      1.1.10 - 3:55 am

  68. alistair -

    Happy sheep chasing!

      1.1.10 - 6:02 am

  69. AmandaD -

    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!

      1.1.10 - 1:35 pm

  70. Regina White -

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

      1.1.10 - 5:57 pm

  71. Ashley Madsen -

    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!!!

      1.1.10 - 6:22 pm

  72. Kia Gregory -

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

      1.1.10 - 7:13 pm

  73. Jonni Sergi -

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


      1.2.10 - 5:54 am

  74. amanda thiessen -

    so jealous!! have a great time!

      1.2.10 - 5:34 pm

  75. Angela Haig-McAuliffe -

    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.

      1.3.10 - 7:16 am

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