My Life in New Zealand

Tag: South Island

Greenstone to Mavora Lakes

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This weekend Bessie and I hiked the Greenstone – Mavora Walk. On Saturday morning at 8AM we took the Info + Track bus from Queenstown, pass Glenorchy and into the Greenstone Carpark where we started the big 50km weekend! The first day we walked through the Greenstone and once reaching the Greenstone Hut made our way into the Passburn Valley. Up and down, over and under through hard ground and soft we eventually made it to the Taipo Hut where we spent Saturday night boiling creek water to drink and playing games.

Sunday morning we headed over a swing bridge and 12 km later reached the Boundary Hut. From here we kept on walking and eventually made it to Mavora Lake which we followed all the way until the end! Our ride had a bit of car troubles back in Queenstown so we hitched our way to Mossburn with two kiwi blokes from Gore – riding in the back of their dairy farm truck!

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Kinloch + The Rees Valley

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The other weekend James and I headed out to explore Kinloch and The Rees Valley… two location we have both already visited but always fun to go back again, especially on a sunny blue bird day!

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Mt. Aspring National Park

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The other weekend Bessie and I headed into Mt. Aspiring National Park and spend Saturday and Sunday exploring the West Matukituki Valley. On Saturday morning we hiked from Rasberry Creek Carpark, past Aspiring Hut, and onto Liverpool Hut. For the last two hours we practiced our rock climbing skills with a steep incline where we clutched onto rocks and roots hurling ourselves one step at a time. The Liverpool Hut was perfection – bright red with six bunks – perfect for a cozy evening with our new friend Georges playing games and drinking bagged wine!

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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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Milford Sound

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Ruyard Kipling called it the eighth Wonder of the World – and well, I would have to agree. Milford Sound is a fiord located in the south west of the South Island and it’s stunning any time of the year and in any weather conditions. We lucked out and had the best of both worlds, earlier in the day it had been pouring which made the falls strong and fierce, but as the day wore on the sun came out and we were blessed with clear skies and stunning views.

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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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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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