Wanaka, New Zealand

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Slice of Heaven

The stunning ski town of Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is such a spectacular town, with amazing views and great feel to the lake front town and it’s surrounds.  I recently spent a week there which was almost enough just to get a taste of this beautiful slice of heaven
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Treble Cone

Unfortunately the day I visited Treble Cone ski resort the conditions weren’t great.  Visibility was minimal and the snow varied between ice and pockets of deep pow.  Apparently the views are amazing.  But what I missed out in visibility on the resort were made up with views on the drive up to the resort. On the steep and loose, windy dirt road.

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Lake Wanaka

Spending the weekend away from the busy resorts I checked out Lake Wanaka by bike on a stunning spring day.  With magnificent views of the snow capped jagged mountain peaks surrounding the lake, it was a spectacular ride to Glendhu Bay.  And being Spring, there were plenty of little lambs about the place.MOO_4833 MOO_4842 MOO_4851 MOO_4870 MOO_4928 MOO_4873 MOO_4883 MOO_4937 MOO_4970

Weekends are also busy in the Lizzy woods, that’s where I found Johnny and co. building jumps in the tall pines.  A stones throw from town with amazing views of the lake and the mountains

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Cardrona

I lucked out with the weather when I went to Cardrona, getting an amazing blue bird day and great snow conditions. Long steep runs and hardly anyone to track it out.  I was skiing sections of corduroy at midday.  Cardrona is not just park, but on arrival the park is the first thing you see. And it’s extremely impressive and expansive.  With an Olympic halfpipe and a terrain park that looks like it goes for miles, you can see why a lot of international riders are drawn here.  With most of it under the chair lift, it’s great to see the talent in the park.

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There is also great tramping around Wakanka.  Expecting to stumble across the hobbit or the trees to start talking to me as I wondered through the forrest.

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I love the colours of Wanaka.  The blue skies and lakes, the earthy brown mountains capped with white snow and the fluorescent green of the forest.  What an beautiful place your are Wanaka

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