My Life in New Zealand

Category: Winter

Snow Farm NZ

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It was one of those perfect early Spring days on the mountain – blue skies, warm breeze, and longer day, perfect conditions for my first weekend of cross country skiing with a few good friends! We decided to make a full weekend of it by cross country skiing into the Bob Lee Hut and staying for a night. We arranged for a snowmobile to deliver our bags of clothes and food for the night and we took our time getting to the hut- about 10km away from the main lodge. The next day I woke up bright and early and caught the perfect sunrise, complete with a pink sky!

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Back on the Mountain

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After 5 sweet and sunny weeks back in the States, I must say it was fun being back in the snow … and this is something very new for me. I am definitely a summer gal, but with 2 ski seasons under my belt I am learning to love winter too!

After being back in Queenstown for a week a group of us headed up the Crown Range and hit Cardrona for a full Sunday of skiing and hanging out!

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Winter Wonderland in Queenstown

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The day before I left New Zealand to head back home for a 5 week summer holiday I decided to take a little walk up Queenstown Hill to give a proper farewell to Queenstown. I was awed by stunning views and a fresh dusting of new fallen snow! It made my transition into summer a bit jolting – but it was the perfect Queenstown goodbye!

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Baldwin Street, Dunedin

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Baldwin Street, located just outside the town center, is considered the steepest street in the world and it has become quite the destination for those visiting the city. The other weekend we decided to make a trip on our way out of town and had a great time walking up backwards and skipping down!

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Ski Season is ON

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SKI SEASON is on! This weekend marked the opening of Cardrona Ski Field and I couldn’t be more excited. I consider myself a summer girl – however after my first winter season last year, a new pair of boots, I was really looking forward to the start of the season this year. We headed up Saturday and Sunday and were blessed with blue skies, light wind, and great snow (for the first weekend anyway!)

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Exploring Dunedin

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I have now been to Dunedin a handful of times and every time I discover more and more goodness! I LOVE Dunedin – and I think this is because it gives me a glimpse back into true city life – stoplights, tall(ish) buildings, lots of people walking around …it’s perfect for a weekend away before heading back to Queenstown.

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Nugget Point, The Catlins

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Located at the northern end of the Catlins Coast just down the road from the tiny town of Kaka Point sits Nugget Point.  This steep headland has a lighthouse at its tip and is surrounded by rocky islet, known as ‘the nuggets’. The lighthouse was built in 1869 and started operating on 4 July 1870.  The tower was constructed from locally quarried stone and stands 249 ft above the water.

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Purakaunui Falls, Catlins

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As we continued north through the Catlins – the next big stop was to see the Purakaunui falls! These falls are a cascading three-tiered waterfall and are the icon of the Catlins, making them some one of the most photographed falls in the world. After a nice visit amongst the mist and freshness of the falls we continued on our way and made it to Owaka – which is home to a very unique and interesting doll house and teapot land. I must say overall the Catlins was a very quirky region – with a low number of full time residence and a large number of odd spot, which makes it the ideal spot for road tripping!

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McLean Falls, The Catlins

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From Curio Bay we hit the road and headed north through the Catlins. Our first stop was to Niagara Falls Cafe for a big kiwi breakfast of eggs, beans, bacon, mushrooms, and sausage- fuel for the day ahead!

From the cafe we made our way to the McLean Falls carpark, and after a 30 minute walk, along with a few natural rope swings along the way, we made it to the magnificent falls!

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Curio Bay, The Catlins

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This past weekend was a three day holiday so we decided to take advantage of that extra day and head down South. After going back and forth about where to visit we decided on The Catlins – which encompasses a large area of land between Kaka Point and Fortrose. We started our Catlin’s roadtrip in Curio Bay, a very popular summer destination for sufers all around the South Island. Being winter we had a hard time finding open accommodation – however we got super lucky and ended up booking a double room in a backpackers and had the whole beach house to ourselves!

Curio Bay was a little slice of heaven – small beach houses, big sand dunes, and not a lot going on. We spend Saturday morning exploring the beaches before hitting the road to explore more of the Catlins.

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