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real journeys NZ ..'the cool gran'

Last week I got flown to Queenstown New Zealand to play the ‘cool gran’ for Real Journeys NZ latest advertising campaign.

If you haven’t been to New Zealand, (like me) you can possibly imagine how beautiful the South island is but believe me

when you're actually there its beyond comprehension how absolutely magnificent it really is.

Mind you, I come from the highlands of Tasmania, which is pretty glorious, but my little mountains just don't really have a patch on

the glory I witnessed down there in the Southland.

I flew in to Queenstown in a slight drizzle, there was a fresh snow dump on the mountains surrounding the town from the night I stepped off the plane

the fresh air literally took my breath made me smile with delight…and I quietly congratulated myself on buying that Gortex coat from Kathmandu..and the Uniqlo thermals i wore underneath.

I love the cold but you need to be warm to enjoy it.

After dropping my bags at the hotel my dear friend Benn Jae (who who was responsible for putting me forward for the gig and the Photographer/Director for the shoot) picked me up to head down town to the

Real Journeys head office to meet the marketing lovelies, Ciara, Christina & Daniella and have a wardrobe fitting with uber talented and ace Makeup Artist/Stylist Stacy Dunn.

Being the Stylist I am I'd brought a heap of wardrobe choices for her to choose from..couldnt help myself co-ordinating looks for her to choose from.

Here are a few of them for your travel wardrobe inspo.

I met the rest of the crew and we all chatted about the weather and how we hoped for a good day to shoot the following day as the schedule was pretty ambitious.

Even though the forecast was rain we agreed to pray to the Maori weather gods for sunshine.

I headed home for an early night ..the Novotel Lakeside was clean and warm, the bed firm and the pillows soft, just the way I like them.

I slept like a top and woke to the most beautiful dawn which developed into the blue skies we had all prayed for.

Excitedly I walked through the town past the harbour back to Real Journeys office for hair and makeup.

Meeting the other cast members the lovely Katie and her partner Will we chatted and discussed our back story to make our little family feel real and bonded for our days shoot to come.

Once our hair and makeup was complete we boarded the TSS Earnslaw the most magnificent steam ship with all our wardrobe and gear to start shooting. Cant tell you how lovely this old steamship was.. heres a little of its history.

**The TSS Earnslaw is a 1912 Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer, she is affectionately named “The Lady of the Lake” she plies the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

She is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Central Otago, and the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere.

There's a gallery of photos in the bow of the ship well worth checking out, she used to ferry sheep and goods around Otago and then it was decked out as a passenger ship, very deco with a Mens smoking Room and a room for the Ladies to rest (and undoubtedly undo their corset straps).

There were a few other ships on the lake back in the day but they were all scuttled and now rest at the bottom of the lake. The Earnslaw almost ended up there too but thanks be to Lady Olive and Les Hutchins she was saved and now is owned and run by Real Journeys to traverse Lake Wakatipu daily taking passengers to the end of the lake to Walter Peake Station.

Ahhh this leads me to Walter Peake..dear god, the food, the views, the animals, the serenity!! Day or eve once you disembark the The Earnslaw you’re greeted by the amazing staff, wether its by the catering staff for an unforgettable meal inside The Lodge or by the farm staff for a wander up to see sheep shearing or view the other beasties that inhabit the station you’ll have an incredible time.

We shot all over the station throughout the course of the afternoon, we were joined by Ari our pretend son/grandson to complete the family picture..he was adorably cute and suitably impressed by all the beasts we shot with, dogs, sheep, cows and alpacas.