Mid-spring in 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 Curators House


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Hooker Valley Track in early spring

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

Mueller Glacier Lake, Mt Sefton and The Footstool, early on the track


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Views from The Remarkables, Queenstown

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.)

Lake Hayes, with Kawarua River in the foreground, Arrowtown in the backgrpound

Morning view of Lake Hayes, with Kawarau River in the foreground, Arrowtown in the background


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Ski the Tasman Glacier

We flew out of Mt Cook airport about 10am on a winter’s day that was fine but threatening to deteriorate with an incoming  norwester.  Fortunately the expected deterioration did not occur and the weather improved to a sunny and relatively calm day.  Having each been fitted out with a harness and avalanche locator beacon for safety requirements, we were looking forward to two ski runs on the Tasman Glacier, being relocated by the plane after the first run.   Click on any image to enlarge.

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Attaching our skis

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