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TOT Gay Ski Week NZ

Captions and photos by Jeffrey James

Above: I took this photo on Mt. Coronet during this year's Gay Ski Week NZ in Queenstown.  Mike Sanford and Craig Lawson host the biggest gay and lesbian alpine party in the southern hemisphere, and queer ski bunnies take over the town and mountains all week. When sun sets, the party moves to the newly renovated Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel for happy hour "Fag Tag" cocktails and warm spirits. 
TOT Wellington NZ
I took a week touring New Zealand before hitting the slopes.  My first big stop was in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.  I took this shot down by the Wellington Waterfront on my way to the famous Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.  

TOT Artist Anna Leary NZ

My next stop was in Nelson, down on the south island.  I met up with artist Anna Leary on a wine and art tour and she and Noel Kennedy gave me the grand tour of her artwork, the countryside, and a taste of Patrick Stowe's unbelievable Pinot Noir at Rimu Grove Winery.

TOT Nelson NZ

I woke up my second morning in Nelson at couple Richard Hewetson and James Taylor's Te Puna Wai bed and breakfast with the best view in town.  James and Richard are my favorite couple in New Zealand, so sweet and welcoming, their Te Puna Wai is the perfect place to stay. I didn't know much about Nelson prior to my arrival and was delighted to find it the perfect place to relax, visit artist's homes and enjoy great local wine. 

TOT Abel Tasman NZ

I couldn't have had a better host with Wilsons while exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.  Craig Wilson is a local celebrity and former chef of Pavarotti and Paul McCartney.  Craig and I took the Vista to the middle of the park and hiked for a few hours before enjoying an amazing homemade lunch on the cruise back .

TOT Sofia Minson NZ

I met up with Sofia Minson on a private tour with Melissa Crockett with Potiki Adventures in Auckland.  Sofia is an incredible painter celebrating people, culture, and nature.  She made me some banana bread and we hung out for an afternoon as she showed me some of her new work and shared stories of her Maori heritage.  

TOT Lord of the Rings NZ

I have to admit, I'm a big Lord of the Rings nerd.  Every place you go in New Zealand will boast their connection to Peter Jackson's infamous trilogy.  I opted for the ultimate chance to experience the films first hand on the Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences Tour in Wellington.  This picture was taken in the Shire, just down from the summit of Mount Victoria where Jackson filmed scenes of Buckland Forest.  I didn't run into any hobbits, but got my Lord of the Rings fix and plenty of pictures to bring home. 

TOT Queenstown Sunset NZ

On my last night in Queenstown  I had an amazing dinner at Fishbone Bar & Grill with owners Mark Godden and Darren Lovell and was able to catch the sunset over Lake Wakatipu.  With the Remarkables on the left and the TSS Earnslaw ship on the right, the view from town is the best spot to watch night fall on New Zealand.  New Zealand is a magical country full of adventure, breathtaking views and friendly people. 

TOT Gay Ski Week NZ

Captions and photos by Jeffrey James

Above: I took this photo on Mt. Coronet during this year's Gay Ski Week NZ in Queenstown.  Mike Sanford and Craig Lawson host the biggest gay and lesbian alpine party in the southern hemisphere, and queer ski bunnies take over the town and mountains all week. When sun sets, the party moves to the newly renovated Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel for happy hour "Fag Tag" cocktails and warm spirits. 
TOT Wellington NZ
I took a week touring New Zealand before hitting the slopes.  My first big stop was in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.  I took this shot down by the Wellington Waterfront on my way to the famous Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.  

TOT Artist Anna Leary NZ

My next stop was in Nelson, down on the south island.  I met up with artist Anna Leary on a wine and art tour and she and Noel Kennedy gave me the grand tour of her artwork, the countryside, and a taste of Patrick Stowe's unbelievable Pinot Noir at Rimu Grove Winery.

TOT Nelson NZ

I woke up my second morning in Nelson at couple Richard Hewetson and James Taylor's Te Puna Wai bed and breakfast with the best view in town.  James and Richard are my favorite couple in New Zealand, so sweet and welcoming, their Te Puna Wai is the perfect place to stay. I didn't know much about Nelson prior to my arrival and was delighted to find it the perfect place to relax, visit artist's homes and enjoy great local wine. 

TOT Abel Tasman NZ

I couldn't have had a better host with Wilsons while exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.  Craig Wilson is a local celebrity and former chef of Pavarotti and Paul McCartney.  Craig and I took the Vista to the middle of the park and hiked for a few hours before enjoying an amazing homemade lunch on the cruise back .

TOT Sofia Minson NZ

I met up with Sofia Minson on a private tour with Melissa Crockett with Potiki Adventures in Auckland.  Sofia is an incredible painter celebrating people, culture, and nature.  She made me some banana bread and we hung out for an afternoon as she showed me some of her new work and shared stories of her Maori heritage.  

TOT Lord of the Rings NZ

I have to admit, I'm a big Lord of the Rings nerd.  Every place you go in New Zealand will boast their connection to Peter Jackson's infamous trilogy.  I opted for the ultimate chance to experience the films first hand on the Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences Tour in Wellington.  This picture was taken in the Shire, just down from the summit of Mount Victoria where Jackson filmed scenes of Buckland Forest.  I didn't run into any hobbits, but got my Lord of the Rings fix and plenty of pictures to bring home. 

TOT Queenstown Sunset NZ

On my last night in Queenstown  I had an amazing dinner at Fishbone Bar & Grill with owners Mark Godden and Darren Lovell and was able to catch the sunset over Lake Wakatipu.  With the Remarkables on the left and the TSS Earnslaw ship on the right, the view from town is the best spot to watch night fall on New Zealand.  New Zealand is a magical country full of adventure, breathtaking views and friendly people. 


Captions and photos by Jeffrey James

Above: I took this photo on Mt. Coronet during this year's Gay Ski Week NZ in Queenstown.  Mike Sanford and Craig Lawson host the biggest gay and lesbian alpine party in the southern hemisphere, and queer ski bunnies take over the town and mountains all week. When sun sets, the party moves to the newly renovated Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel for happy hour "Fag Tag" cocktails and warm spirits. 

I took a week touring New Zealand before hitting the slopes.  My first big stop was in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.  I took this shot down by the Wellington Waterfront on my way to the famous Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.  


My next stop was in Nelson, down on the south island.  I met up with artist Anna Leary on a wine and art tour and she and Noel Kennedy gave me the grand tour of her artwork, the countryside, and a taste of Patrick Stowe's unbelievable Pinot Noir at Rimu Grove Winery.



I woke up my second morning in Nelson at couple Richard Hewetson and James Taylor's Te Puna Wai bed and breakfast with the best view in town.  James and Richard are my favorite couple in New Zealand, so sweet and welcoming, their Te Puna Wai is the perfect place to stay. I didn't know much about Nelson prior to my arrival and was delighted to find it the perfect place to relax, visit artist's homes and enjoy great local wine. 


I couldn't have had a better host with Wilsons while exploring the Abel Tasman National Park.  Craig Wilson is a local celebrity and former chef of Pavarotti and Paul McCartney.  Craig and I took the Vista to the middle of the park and hiked for a few hours before enjoying an amazing homemade lunch on the cruise back .


I met up with Sofia Minson on a private tour with Melissa Crockett with Potiki Adventures in Auckland.  Sofia is an incredible painter celebrating people, culture, and nature.  She made me some banana bread and we hung out for an afternoon as she showed me some of her new work and shared stories of her Maori heritage.  

I have to admit, I'm a big Lord of the Rings nerd.  Every place you go in New Zealand will boast their connection to Peter Jackson's infamous trilogy.  I opted for the ultimate chance to experience the films first hand on the Flat Earth New Zealand Experiences Tour in Wellington.  This picture was taken in the Shire, just down from the summit of Mount Victoria where Jackson filmed scenes of Buckland Forest.  I didn't run into any hobbits, but got my Lord of the Rings fix and plenty of pictures to bring home. 


On my last night in Queenstown  I had an amazing dinner at Fishbone Bar & Grill with owners Mark Godden and Darren Lovell and was able to catch the sunset over Lake Wakatipu.  With the Remarkables on the left and the TSS Earnslaw ship on the right, the view from town is the best spot to watch night fall on New Zealand.  New Zealand is a magical country full of adventure, breathtaking views and friendly people. 

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