Posted by: kiwitravelandtours | March 3, 2011

Wild flowers -Loopy about New Zealand lupins!

The South Island of New Zealand always puts on a visual show with its luminous blue glacial lakes; soaring, snow capped alps; rolling green hills; dense, dark native bush and quaint townships. But come October, as winter melts away, many parts of the lower south add to its already vibrant colour palette -riots of wild lupins explode with blue/purple/pink/yellow and if you’re lucky, orange hues.  As an introduced species, I know that the Department of Conservation roll their eyes, as Russell lupins fill river beds and valleys, streams and fields -but honestly, who can resist them -not me that’s for sure. So much so, that they can be a distraction -tempting to forgo the glories of the Milford Sounds -instead going off-road to loll amongst hectare after hectare of lupins that follow the rivers to the Sounds. Luckly, theres always time for both! Here are a few of my photos -none of which do these WEEDS (yes, that’s how they are classfied in Aotearoa)  justice!

Nicola

http://www.kiwitravelandtours.com

Leaving Tekapo. Southern Alps in the background

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  1. PLEASE CAN YOU LET ME KNOW THE NICK-NAME FOR THESE LUPINS? ARE THEY NANCY LUPINS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? THANK YOU

    • Hi Barrie

      Mostly they are Russell lupins -I think! Cheers Nicola


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