The Picnic by the Sea --My Little Trip Around New Zealand and Some News

Breath taking places in New Zealand places to visit the countryside picnic by the sea
   Picnic by the Ocean, NZ

Living in a country surrounded by such beautiful gifts of nature makes one immediately fall in love with it. And I couldn’t help falling in love with the places we’ve visited these last couple of weeks either-- It was truly inspirational.

We certainly enjoyed every minute of our journey. Visiting farms, parks, beaches and places outside the city that made our little trip even more fascinating. Fortunately we had beautiful sunny days-- That also led me to many pictures opportunities!

Our days were filled of outstanding sceneries, picnics, and relaxing time. We traveled to the northland of New Zealand which has a unique view. And it is famous for its outstanding beaches and its picturesque parcels of vineyards. 

Colorful farms full of fresh produce and aromatic seasonal fruits.

The majestic green mountains and hills neatly decorated with little sheep, goats, trees and cows—made our driving irresistibly relaxing.  An absolute feast for the eyes.

The long walks by the crystal blue-turquoise waters were followed by late afternoon picnics { One of my favorite parts :) } We enjoyed sides like cheeses, nuts, salads, fresh fruits and mortadella sandwiches with rye bread. 

Something easy enough and satisfying to keep us going throughout the day until dinner time.  

And after enjoying such long day filled with sun and cool breezes from the ocean it was nice to warm up with a hot cup of peppermint tea. 

We have walked through a farmland with more than 130 years of history. The view was simply magnificent. In fact, I had never seen a farm by the ocean. This truly fascinates me! The barn, the milking shed, and the other little farm buildings looked stunning with such a view.  

Driving back home we stopped for a strawberry ice cream and a large tray of fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm.

There’s so much yet to be seen and enjoyed around here. But now I have to prepare for a different kind of trip. Yes, soon we will be traveling to my homeland; Argentina. A long time promise, that I have been looking forward for about two years. 

Soon I will be cooking and sharing recipes with my mom and enjoying some time with my brothers.


I leave you with the pictures from our little trip around New Zealand. I will be back soon with a delicious strawberry recipe with strawberries from the farm.  I hope you are enjoying the beginning of this New Year with your loved ones. Thank you all for your beautiful comments and thoughts!



SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful countryside, Aldy! It seems so strange to be to see beautiful green grass and strawberries as everything is cold and bare here.

How exciting for you to be traveling home to Argentina and to see your mother. I'll be looking forward to those photos too :)

Junia said...

beautiful. i want to visit NZ one day! and who doesn't love long walks by the water with romantic picnics and flowers? :) hope you have a wonderful time in argentina!

Juliana said...

Oh Aldy! I enjoyed so much your pictures...I felt that I traveled with you. Thank you so much for this treat.
I didn't know that you are form Argentina...now I look forward for more pictures.
Enjoy your time at home with your mom.
Again, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :-)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

It really is a beautiful and inspiring place, such beautiful photos of your trip!

Mely said...

What a great tour. The pictures looks so surreal. Like a far away spring for someone like me right now bundled up in blankets. (smile)
Thanks fro sharing a little piece of your trip with us.

And by the way I am looking forward to your posts with your mom.


Rogerio Rinaldi said...

We love your blog is wonderful and we are always here giving all the news.
Super Glorinha kisses.

Mary said...

Your photos are stunning and really paint a picture of the countryside. You must have had a wonderful time. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

xoxo said...

beautiful, beautiful pictures!
The horses are so cute in their little sweaters :D

Martina said...

Oh Aldy. such lovely impressions here - NZ must be so beautyful! And to see summer fruit and green grass - i miss them already! Can't wait to see your strawberry post soon. Have a great start to your year, with love from germany!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


I am sighing and gasping as I see these fabulous pictures of this beautiful place! HOW I WISH I could visit many of the places where friends like you live. SO MUCH BEAUTY is here! Love that picture with the peach!!!

Your visit is much appreciated, Aldy dearest. KEEP COOKIN'! Anita

Magic of Spice said...

What a delightful trip and gorgeous photos Aldy! A farm by the beach...amazing :) I am looking forward to seeing your posts from your trip back home, and recipes with your mom. Have an amazing trip!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thank you So much for all the beautiful words , Everybody!


Baltic Maid said...

Beautiful pictures!!! New Zealand is definitely on my bucket list... :-) Have fun in Argentina!

Anh said...

such an inspiring trip! I love this kind of getaway!

foodtravelandwine said...

Que nostalgia!!....que ganas de volver a NZ!!..no sabes lo que me gusta.....pero ahora que se que vas a Argentina me da EN-VI-DIA!!.....siiiiiiiii.....adoro Argentina.....BsAs....sus calles, cafes, pasta, la Boca.....TODO!!!!....estare esperando ansiosa tu post de Argentina.....lo mejor poara ti y familia este 2012!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Erika said...

Que bien! Venís para Argentina? Avisá si tenés un tiempito para juntarnos a tomar algo y conocernos.
Las fotos son divinas. Yo tampoco había visto una granja tan cerca del mar, se ve tan prolijo todo!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great trip! Those landscapes and pictures are beautiful.

I can't wait to read your future posts!



Sonia said...

Hey Aldy, Iam so happy to see and knw that you enjoyed your trip to Newzealand. I just loved ur pictures and the basket with little things is so cute...Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Kako said...

Que lugar más hermoso Aldy, las fotos preciosas, como siempre para disfrutar desde la pantalla.
Espero que tengas un año estupendo y si vas por tu tierra que lo disfrutes a tope.
Un beso!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...



Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

Qué divinas las fotos! y la oportunidad que nos das de viajar a un lugar tan remoto (para nosotros!) Cuando vas a Argentina? Yo llego a Baires el 18/02 !! Tengo unas ganas de escaparme de este frio, y cielo gris!!! Y admeas, lo primero que hago..irme a una confiteria a pedirme una Quilmes con sandwiches de miga!!! Qué reina!! Ya me hace ruidito la panza!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Aldy what great photos and makes me want to go to NZ...and Argentina. Nice to meet you too and look forward to the next bloghop with you.

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Cristina, Gracias :) Si me voy en unos dias- Y justo cuando vos te vas yo vuelvo :l Besos!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Cheap ethnic eatz, Hi! Thank you for your nice words :)


I always love gazing at your photos. The Panna Cotta looks delightful!

Rosita Vargas said...

Hermosos lugar y hermosas fotos paisajes que desgarran el alma y su pana cotta espectacular,bonito mensaje y aventura,abrazos hugs,

we are never full said...

i'm staring outside into a very ghetto-like but snow-covered "backyard" in Brooklyn, NY and I'm wishing I was in every one of those pictures. vibrant, colorful... just what I need to get me through this cold day.

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Rosita, Gracias, por tus palabras! Que bueno que te gusto :)

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ we are never full, Ohhh...So sweet Thank you :)

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