Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Around the World in Otaki...

Phileas Fogg of London and his French Valet attempted to Circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a wager set by his friends. But what he should have done was head to Otaki and Te Horo! We have some beautiful landscapes, varying wildly from Graffiti Street Art, Stone walls, beaches and mountains. You may want to have your own adventure like Phileas Fogg, but in the mean time you can visit some of the most famous locations around the globe right on your door-step!



1. Yorkshire Country-side, England?
In the heart of the Yorkshire Country-side, no you're at Otaki Gorge, but these dry stone walls were built during the Great Depression of the 1930's as a result of a government scheme to provide relief work for the unemployed. See more...
Shields Flats, Otaki Gorge
Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom





2. New York Street Art?
You'll think you've been transported to the Streets of New York, but you'll find yourself in downtown Otaki. On the side of the wall at Cafe Ra, you'll find an amazing Graffiti artwork display created by young local artist Nathan Kaiawe and Zac Olsthoorn. See more...
Cafe Ra, Otaki
New York City




3. Tropical Beach, Chang Island, Thailand?
Kayaking in Thailand, no, it's Otaki Beach! Like many beaches on the magnificent Kapiti Coast, Otaki Beach is wide, long and gently sloping into the sea. All the Coast’s beaches offer fantastic views of Kapiti Island, just a few kilometres offshore. See more...
Otaki Beach, Otaki
Tropical Beach, Thailand




4. Swiss Alps?
Guten Tag, you may think your heading into the Swiss Alps, but it's none other than our beautiful Tararua Range, often referred to as the Tararua Ranges or the Tararuas, is one of several mountain ranges in the North Island. See more...
Tararua Ranges, Otaki
Swiss Alps, Swizterland




5. Lavender Fields, in the South of France?
Close your eyes and breathe deep - your senses tell you you are in Provence, but you find yourself at Lavender Creek Farm, it's situated on a beautiful five hectare property in Te Horo, and is home to 7,000 lavender plants, beautiful grape vines and olive trees. Photo source http://www.lavendercreek.co.nz See more...
Lavender Creek Farm, Kapiti Coast
Lavender Fields, Provence, France




6. Great Basin Desert, Nevada, USA?
You could almost be in the dry hot sands of the Great Basin Desert in Nevada, but it's the sand dunes to the north of the Waitohu Stream, this part of beach is wild and rugged with drift wood, rolling sand dunes, wild grasses and the Waitohu stream. See more...
Sand Dunes, Otaki Beach
Great Basin Desert, Nevada, USA




7. Rose garden, Kortrijk, Belgium
The Rose garden in Kortrijk Belgium contains a brilliant collection of roses and so does Trinity Farm! It's a heritage rose nursery, with a country garden and character barn and the gorgeous fragrance of roses. Image source http://www.trinityfarm.co.nz. See more...
Trinity Farm, Otaki
International Rose Garden, Kortrijk,Belgium




8. The Scottish Highlands?
The Scottish Highlands contain some of Scotland's most stunning scenery and Otaki Forks is no different, the Otaki river dominates the scenery, with amazing wildlife, beautiful fauna and flora, rolling hills and mountains, we may not have the kilts, but it's certainly a "bonnie land". See more... Image source
Otaki Gorge, Otaki
The Highlands, Scotland, UK


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