I'm lucky enough to work for a wonderful company that allows me to travel New Zealand, subjecting foreign visitors to many of our most beautiful views, beaches, forests, tramping, kayaking and Mtbing. Sometimes they even pay me....much to Daniel's disgust
Even the drive to work is pretty cool. Stopped off at Gore Bay to say gidday to Janie & Steve, and saw Nicky & Sharne as well. Bonus. Then another short stop on the Kaikoura Coast for a sandwich (cause Janie had eaten everything at the bach...)
Next day it was out to Kaiteriteri with the clients, and on the boat to Bark Bay for a night under the stars, followed by a half day walk and some kayaking. Beautiful. Then a quick trip down to St Arnaud, and a walk in the rain through the wonderful rain forest. DOC are working really hard trapping the predators around Rotoiti, and it shows. The bird life is thriving.
Two nights in the lovely Hanmer Springs, were rewarded with a great 6 hour walk, up over Conical Hill, up the Sub Alpine track to the Summit of Mt Isobel, where the southerly had dropped a layer of snow on surrounding peaks, and down the Waterfall Track. Well maybe the reward for the clients was the soak in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools, or the meals at Coriander's and Montieths. Reward for me was the couple of hours on the mountain bike trails the next morning.
Next day was a jaunt up Bealy Spur in Arthur's Pass. Fantastic views and great Tramping weather. Its not such a long drive from there over to Punakaiki, for another couple of short walks, and of course the rocks.....
And staying the night close by means you get to see the sunset from Truman's Track
Then we were off to Fox Glacier, where the troops went Glacier walking, before we headed down through Haast Pass
Past the Blue Pools, and Lake Hawea
Next came a stroll up the Matukituki Valley to Mt Aspiring Hut in Mt Aspiring National Park for the night, and then a short spin up to Rob Roy Glacier on the way out. Good catching up with Stan (once was a Guide)
A day of rest followed for me in Queenstown, while the troops bused out to Milford, went shopping, and ate gorgeous meals around town. And then we hit Aoraki Mt Cook, via the Lindis Pass, for a skip up to the Sealy Tarns
These are the folk that made it possible: Thanks Lizzie, Peter, Hilary (Anne, Dan, Malcolm)
Dan is organising a Hiking Trip to Mongolia. Sounds amazing. If you don't want to come biking with me, why not go with him. Give Hiking NZ a call......... (Dan..send the commission to the usual address)
Grum, Ju or Lisa will be updating this blog while Grum is on his adventure.