Mark Thode Photography | Weekends Away
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Queenstown and Wanaka //South Island Travel

I was super lucky to get four nights in the amazing south island this past weekend. It was a mountain biking trip, but truth be told its all about the photos these days…..We rode Skyline in Queenstown, Cardrona Ski Field and the Sticky Forest, river and Dean’s Bank Trails in Wanaka. Fantastic scenery, lots of scotch at the Cardrona Alehouse, and good times all round. On the last day I took a lonesome drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy, and then up into Paradise Valley which transitions into the Mt Aspiring National Park.

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Long Weekend in Russell // NZ Travel Photography in the Bay of Islands

You know when you are in the throws of winter, and you really just need to ‘get away’? Yeah, that was us this past weekend. Russell is a favourite spot of ours and at just over 3.5 hours drive from Auckland it still feels like a world away. It takes us a little longer to drive than that – you need to stop at Kaiwaka for Dutch ‘drop’ (salty licorice for the uninitiated). I’ve started to notice that once I get on that car ferry at Opua something ‘clicks’ in me and I instantly feel like someone has switched my holiday switch.

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Nelson Mountain Biking Travel

Nelson Mountain Biking Trip // New Zealand Travel

This past week I was lucky to have four amazing days in Nelson, riding some incredible (and tough) mountain bike trails with my friend, Mark. He also happens to be my former manager so that worked out quite nicely didn’t it?! Thank you lovely wife for looking after the princess, I love you xo

On the first day we drove to Kaiteriteri Bike Park from Nelson. There are some amazing trails there the just seem to ‘flow’ around the various valleys that dissect the park. After bombing down a few runs and loosing it briefly (battle scars now on my arm), we took the bikes to Kaiteriteri Beach and cooled ourselves off in the blue waters that are the beginning of the Abel Tasman National Park. Very cool waters indeed, but what a beach.

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A weekend in Russell

We have been to Russell (located in the Bay of Islands) a number of times over the years. We usually take up residence in the Top 10 motor camp with a tent. This time was a little different given my wife was due to give birth in about 1 month – needless to say an air bed on the ground in a tent was not an option!

What to do in Russell? Walk around, look at the history, then site at one of the bars along the waterfront and enjoy the sea breeze. There is a certain nautical ‘air’ about the place that I really dig.

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