Swanndri Blog

Keeping it Coastal: Swanndri Spring/Summer 2020

As men and women of the southern hemisphere prepare to clock off and kick their feet up for a hard-earned summer holiday, there is an air of excitement amongst this keen, adventurous bunch. For us, summer isn’t about sipping cocktails by the poolside of an over-priced resort in an over-crowded “destination”. For us, it’s about keeping it local in New Zealand and exploring Godzone.

So, this summer, we’re hitting the hills and bays of our own backyard: Canterbury’s stunning Banks Peninsula. Swanndri HQ is nestled at the foot of the Port Hills and that’s no accident: the peninsula is not only our backyard; it’s our playground and bread basket, too.

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From the ice continent to Godley Head

Just a short drive from Christchurch is the stunning public reserve at Godley Head: the backdrop of our Summer 2021 season photoshoot. It’s here, surrounded by golden tussock-laden hills and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, that the little-known Uncle Bill’s Cabin — commonly known as Scott’s Cabin — perches on the hillside. It couldn’t be in a more alien environment than the ice world of Antarctica it was designed for, and the story of how it got here is as fascinating as the great polar explorers who were once destined to live in it.

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The Otago Journey: First Stop – Blanket Bay

On the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, just a short drive from the world-famous destination of Queenstown, lies Blanket Bay. It’s the surrounding landscape — a mix of blue lake and snow-covered rocky mountains — that provided the inspiration for the Swanndri Winter 2020 collection.

Central Otago is a land of extremes: extreme geological formations and an extreme climate. From blisteringly hot summers to bitterly cold winters, the region has it all. The change in seasons is one of the many things that keeps the region interesting for Tom Butler, General Manager of Blanket Bay Lodge. 

“We get four distinctive seasons,” he says. 

“Summer can be stifling hot and dry and you get that quite arid look, springs are usually beautifully calm and it’s a stunning part of year with everything in bloom, winter is crisp with snow all about, and Central Otago, as far as New Zealand goes, has one of the prettiest autumns. We get so many shades of yellows and golds.  It’s quite spectacular, and all the seasons are quite unique.”

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