Not long till Summer! This epic ariel photo was taken in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island of NZ || TAG a friend who you've escaped to the countryside with. Because this has gotta be one of the most Kiwi photo's we've seen in a while! || #Bachcare#HappyPlace#Countryside
#ThrowbackThursday to my first ever multi-day hike along the 53km #MilfordTrack in #NewZealand 's #SouthIsland .
The adventure was a stunning introduction to tramping in the great outdoors, and huge learning experience. Here's just a few things I will never forget.
1. Pack Light: I had a fresh t-shirt and pair of shorts for every day! I took several different beanies and buffs. I had no idea how to layer properly so I overpacked hoping I wouldn't freeze. Looking back now, I can't help but laugh. These days I have a set of clothes for the day and a set for the night. My back certainly thanks me for it!
2. Preparation Is Key: There's no way I was hike-fit for this trip! I was skinny, but that is certainly doesn't mean I was physically fit. My IBT (or iliotibial band; a long, thin band of fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh) failed me on day three when we headed up and over #MackinnonPass . The importance of running and exercises like squats, lunges and wall sits is not lost on me now!
3. Menus Matter: Every time I'm on an overnight hike these days, I always learn new and exciting hiking food tips and tricks. Back then I had no clue because I had no experience! You can actually eat healthy and nurticious food without all your meals being dehydrated and weighing a tonne. It's also possible to be a bit fancy. Eating steak and having bacon and eggs is a luxury you can achieve!
#tbt to a fantastic weekend in Tongariro National Park I spent a couple of weeks ago.
The weather and the views aside, I was yet again lucky to have met kind and generous people. A group of members of the Ruapehu Ski Club, the oldest skiing organisation in New Zealand, allowed me, a complete stranger, to stay at their beautiful lodge. If that wasn't enough, they shared their food and wine me. I was blown away with the way I was treated and as a thank you I spent most of the Saturday helping them cleaning the nearby hut in preparation for the season. If time allows, I'm hoping to go back there at the end of the season. I certainly hope that some of the people I met there will also visit me down in Glenorchy.
Here is a iPhone shot of the lodge. It was built in 1953 and it sits at 1750m above the sea level. It's remarkable to think that it was built without the aid of power tools, helicopters or chairlifts. It is said that Ed Hilary, as a young Club member, carried 2 bags of cement on his back from the road-end.
Also, big up to @jonboy_500 who picked me up from the airport in Wellington, drove me around and organised the accommodation for me.
My favourite time to surf has always been during tropical cyclones. I love stormy weather. Plus the waves turn up! This is the first beach I ever surfed at! I actually found an old retro single fin on the side of the road, was only about ten at the time.
My old man took me here and told me to give it a crack, I was hooked straight away! He started taking me out every chance we could get. Even took the odd day off school just to go searching for waves 😝🌊
What started as an obsession turned into a way of life. I still remember the first cyclone I ever charged. I was shitting myself looking at 6ft sets coming through, watching adults out there going hard. I was 12 and my old man told me to just go hard and never hesitate. Best buz ever!
It’s been too long since I got in the water but my kids are growing a love for surfing and I definitely wanna show them what it’s all about ♥️