We wandered under the stunning ancient Clay Cliffs, near Omarama, in the Upper Waitaki River Basin, North Otago. Fantastic pinnacles and ravines, formed by natural erosion on the active Ostler Fault, laid down millions of years ago as ocean sediment. There is a signposted road on State Highway 8, just north of Omarama, to access the Clay Cliffs. There is an honesty box of $5 per car at the entry gate.
A scenic track is the Lake Hayes Walkway, situated between Queenstown and Arrowtown. The loop track follows the edge of Lake Hayes, with mountain and lake views to enjoy during around two hours of walking.
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.
Today I visited the Enchanted Garden Exhibition by costume and fabric artist Jenny Gillies, in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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 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.