Strange to think that heading north will mean warmer temperatures and less snow - especially in winter months! I'm always saying that I'm a 'Northern girl'. However, in New Zealand, I think the South suits me quite well! It's been a fantastic few weeks. And, Nelson, as a final stop on the South Island, seemed … Continue reading Sun Setting on the South Island
Isolation. It seems a good word to describe the West coast of New Zealand. In the winter, the alpine passes can be closed quite often due to weather. The roads are windy and very slow going. Towns are tiny and well separated. There is little cell phone coverage and clear radio stations are hard to … Continue reading Gallery – Wilds of the West Coast
Ah, June. A great month. Possibly even the best one. Ok, so, I'm a bit biased seeing as it's also my birth month.. but, you have to agree, it is pretty good! It is usually a time when I'm loving the scent of lilacs blooming, longer days and late spring temperatures (warmer, but not too hot … Continue reading Winter Solace
Everywhere you go around here, it seems as though you've stumbled into the setting of a child's fable or fairy tale. From the dark forests covered in moss to valleys surrounded by majestic mountains to the tiny houses nestled into the rock faces to the mystical fjords, this place holds such fantastical beauty that it's … Continue reading To grandmother’s house we go…
About halfway up the steep climb on the Sealy Tarns Track, struggling to catch my breath and feeling overheated, I inevitably wonder why I'm doing this. I hate the ups. I always do. Especially when the climb is straight up - with stairs. I am not a natural climber and have never had great endurance. … Continue reading Destination: Awesome.