After a heavy-snowfall winter, we arrived in Tahoe in mid March for spring skiing. We based ourselves in South Lake Tahoe and skied mainly at Heavenly Ski Resort but with visits to Sierra, North Star and Kirkwood. There are also other ski fields nearby.
Lake Tahoe, at an altitude of 1897 m (6200 ft), is the largest alpine lake in North America. It straddles the stateline between California and Nevada. (Click any image to enlarge.) Continue reading
Sir Miles Warren’s house and garden in Governor’s Bay are a delight. With harbour views, the present garden was begun in 1977 by Sir Miles, though there was a garden created on the some site in 1865 by one of New Zealand’s first botanists, T.H . Potts. Some of the exotic trees and shrubs he planted still stand on the perimeter of the garden. Sir Miles Warren is a well-known New Zealand architect, now in his 80’s. He lives in the house and was working in his garden when we visited. In 2012 he gifted the house and garden to the people of New Zealand through the Ohinetahi Charitable Trust.
Introduction outside the main house before starting the tour
Today I visited the Enchanted Garden Exhibition by costume and fabric artist Jenny Gillies, in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Refurbished Tea Kiosk
The Tea Party (click on any image to enlarge)
A wander around Christchurch Botanic Gardens in early October reveals the blossom, rhododendrons and azaleas falling, but other flowers coming into bloom, and Mrs Duck is proudly displaying her brood.
The Curators House
The Hooker Valley Track is one of New Zealand’s premier walks. It is among our highest mountains and follows the Hooker River to the Hooker Glacier Terminal Lake, a trip of about three hours (return). We walked the track on a calm and sunny day in early September.
Mueller Glacier Lake, Mt Sefton and The Footstool, early on the track
Dubbed the ‘Stairway to Heaven”, the more than 2200 steps up the steep pathway to Sealey Tarns are well worth the effort for the views. The three to four hour trek (return) affords panoramic views.
Sealy Tarns and The Footstool
On 22nd September we spent a day enjoying spring skiing at The Remarkables. The field was within two weeks of closing for the season, however there was still a good coverage of snow. The day was sunny and calm, allowing some spectacular views from the access road. (Click on any image to enlarge.)
Morning view of Lake Hayes, with Kawarau River in the foreground, Arrowtown in the background