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Is your #NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ the same as mine?

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Is your #NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ the same as mine?
#NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ #BlogGreatness

You hear the slightest splish as you paddle enters the water and draws backwards to propel you further along the lake…

So far I’m the only Paddleboarder on the lake…but I soon won’t be…

It’s quiet, but not too quiet…

6.30am and the sun is just starting to peak over the snow sprinkled hills…

This is my favourite part of New Zealand…both in Summer & in Winter!

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It’ a place where you can do crazy-ass adventure sports you didn’t know existed, Snowboard down the street, walk into the supermarket in your togs and they would still be just looked upon as togs…not undies, Waterski almost from your front door, Paddleboard from one side of the lake to the other, Mountain Bike a new track everyday for 2 months, Ski at World Class Ski fields and with World Class Skiers, go Deep Canyoning down rock faces that make you nearly pee your pants, shoot Guns, get lost, leap off bridges and bounce back, abseil down rock faces just on the side of the road and SUP alongside your dog all before 9am!

You can also do absolutely nothing but lay on the beach, on the grass, under an umbrella, under a tree, on the raft (requires effort to get there), on a lilo or whatever other lazy-ass non-endeavor takes your fancy!

Here are my:

Top 10 reasons THIS is my Favourite part of NZ
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❤ Biology

I love my family…being with them, totally fills my tank.  Not my shark tank, my heart tank!

I now have quite a few nieces and nephews and they just make our extended family time even more awesome.

Most of my time spent in my favourite place revolves somehow around family.  We have either gone their with family and friends or are hanging out with our family that lives there.

My family also loves it here too, so makes us all a pretty happy bunch there together and not a shark tank in sight.

Rope Swing Lake Wanaka

❤ Them ‘feels’

I remember reading a long time ago, how that memories of places are more about how it made us feel when we were there, or while we were doing it…rather than the actual event or place itself.

So even though it’s stunning here its an awesome place and we have tones of fun…it’s so much more about how I feel inside when I’m driving through the countryside towards its and how I feel when I am actually there.

I’m not sure if it’s because so often I am joining up with lots of the people I love dearly there and have such a great time with them and it fills my heart.  Or because the place is so often associated with Holidays and fun things.
Or because so many of our awesome experiences have been there.

But all of it goes with how I feel there – love – elated – fulfilled – happy – relaxed – greatful – blessed – adventurous – one with nature – excited – peaceful.

❤ Photogenic – much?

I dare you to resist the urge to click the trigger on your camera.

It’s one of THE most photographic locations not just in the New Zealand, but in the world and you will have taken one before you even know it.

Photographers come from all over the world to shoot the lake, the snow capped mountains, it’s people and the adventurous pursuits abound.

They even recently had New Zealand’s first #instameet, you can read about Young Adventuress Hosting it with Lake Wanaka Tourism on her Blog. (TVNZ video)

Some years I take up to 500 photo’s during our holidays there, some years I just soak it in and hardly take any trying more to just live in the moment (see this fab post from Simon Darby about this).

So many angles, autumn colours, breathtakingly tall trees along the water front, winding paths, epic peaks, crazy loveable locals, sparkly water, glistening snow, #thewanakatree, crazy old bach’s, stunning new houses, weddings to peak on from afar, your latest adventure, the ladybird crawling up your arm as you lay on the grass…

Favourite part of New Zealand #NZBloggersHmmm…I may have over filtered the blue a bit on this one  😉 

❤ Breath in & Out

This place just makes me feel good.

It makes my heart sing.

It makes me breath in and out especially when I feel like I have just been breathing just ‘in’ too much lately.

It makes me find my calm.

It makes me thank God for the beauty he has created here.

I spent a long weekend down their in winter last year (without Miss 15).
I was there for a family event and just got to 100% do my own thing and not be a parent at all.
We had the most spectacular weather.  The mountains were covered in snow, but the days were clear blue skies and sunny.

I spent one afternoon taking the longest-longest meander all around the lake track taking a million photos along the way (so much so, I flattened my iphone completely and my camera card was full!).
Stopping at different points and just really looking at all the tiny goings on on the lake, the stunning surroundings and the little things…I lay on the grass and just watched the sky and soaked it in.

So much so, my family thought something might have happened and was just sending out a search party when I came walking back along the road – whoops, sorry!

❤ The White stuff that goes ‘shush’

With some of the best Ski Fields in New Zealand on it’s doorstep, this is the place to go for Snow Skiing and Snow Boarding.

I have had the most memorable days one of it’s Ski Field and have loved teaching Miss 15 to ski there at 5 years old.  The white stuff (snow) truly does go shush and sometimes even squeaks when you are the first one to slowly cut tracks first thing in the morning.

You should see this town in the snow…it’s something out of a fairy tale. (Must find some more Winter pics to upload)

The town is scattered with many-many place to pop into on your way home from a long day up on the mountain to sit in front of a roaring fire, grab a beer and some delicious food.

Just imagine this little village, snow right down to the lake edge and sparkling all around.

Favourite part of New Zealand Wanaka

❤ The Wet Stuff that goes ‘splash’

It’s not the calmest lake in New Zealand and sometimes you can go days and a time with non skiing weather.

But when it’s a beaut, it’s a beaut.

There are so many bays and nooks and crannies and islands to plant yourself on for the day and Water ski your little hearts out.

I have had some of my very best Water Skiing days in my life on this lake.

I have also had some of my worst, like trying to get up on the Wakeboard to no avail except a 5 second stand, so there was a lot of wet stuff going splash that day.

Favourite part of Wanaka New Zealand

❤ You can make Raro

Annnnndddd….its LAKE water, that’s right, no salt water, it’s the best.

Yup, can be a little fresh when you first jump in, but it’s totally worth it.

None of this feeling sticky and salty coming back in from a swim. I tried to explain it on my last day there at Christmas, but I like the way my hair and skin feel after skiing on the lake.  It’s like everything feels fresher.

I mean you can drink the stuff.

When you are miles away from a tap and you have run out of liquids.  Do what we used to do in the old days…

Whiz the boat out about 50m off shore, scoop up 2 litre Tupperware juice container of water and pour in the raro!  Gave all of us kids a sugar hit to let us keep skiing all afternoon too.

There are also natural springs around the town and lake.

Cardona Hotel Wanaka

❤ Hyper or a Bum

Some of our holidays are super hyper active and there isn’t much downtime between adventures both Summer and Winter.

Sometimes they are super cruisey and much time is spent lazying around under a tree, by the lake, at the camp, with our families and just shooting the breeze.

That’s what I love, is you can make it as active or as cruisey as you like.

Last Summer we did exactly that.

Punctuated our days with lay lazy then active active then lazy active then lazy active active etc… best of both worlds.

❤ Tow Truck Drivers & Peeps seriously rock

Ok, the peeps kinda rock!

My family are there and yes, they seriously rock.

Their friends are all super cool and are from such a vast diversity all 6471 (population) of them.

Everyone I meet there has a different way of viewing the world and are all into such different things.

My car broke down on our last trip, IN the infamous ‘New World Car Park’, right in the prime centre front spot!
This awesome Roadside Rescue guy turns up and it’s a long story, but I ended up driving the tow truck!

Then he drives me all the way back home too like it was no trouble at all like all great small towns.

Favourite part of New Zealand Wanaka

❤ 70 year old Italian-style ice cream from Tuscany

Peanut Butter & Pavlova…

Coke & Candyfloss…

Boysenberry & Central Otago Apricots

Cointrieu Orange & Ferrero Rocher

Creme Caramel & Maltesers

Have I said enough yet?

Black Peak Gelato mix around 50+ different flavours onsite and each day you go in (yes sometimes everyday) they will have chosen different ones up on the board for today.

They are so damn good!  Once you have one, you will always go back – even in Winter!

Have you guessed where my Favourite part in NZ is yet?

If you have guessed Wanaka you would be dead right.

I can’t get enough of this place.

Hope I get to spend some time again there this Summer (& maybe some Winter 😉 )

Have you been?
What did you think?
What’s your favourite thing to do there?
What’s your favourite part in New Zealand?

Favourtie place in New Zealand Wanaka #NZBloggers
#NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ – Wanaka, Central Otago.

I have written about my love for Wanaka on my Blog many times, you can read more post that feature Wanaka below:

• Summer Time Bucket Lists – What we ticked off in 2013/14

• The South Island sure does have my heart

• Laser Eye Surgery – The most Epic day with my New Eyes! (in Wanaka)

• SUP – Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lake Wanaka

Summer Time Bucket Summer Time Bucket List Lake WanakaList Lake Wanaka

 

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#NZBloggers – Sage – Am I the only one that feels like this?

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Am I the only one that feels like this?

I have virtually no natural desire or urge to COOK!

None, nadda, niltch, zip.

Occasionally the urge takes over and by choice I rock into the kitchen and whip something fantastic up…but that’s few and far between.

Am I the only person in the world that feels like this?

#NZBloggers Sage No Desire to Cook
I LOVE to eat delicious Food.

I love the act of sitting down together with family, friends and people you love to eat, catch up and while away the hours together.

I like buying yummy Food.

I enjoy reading Food Blogs like this one and this one and this one annnnd this one.

I enjoy flicking through the odd Cook book.  I even own quite a few.

BUT

If I didn’t haaaaave to cook, I probably wouldn’t.

Of course I DO cook…you know

…would starve if not

…you know kid needs feeding – like everyday!

…you know vegetables need to be eaten…blahdy blahdy blah

But its very nearly always reluctantly.

Is it just me out here in the internets on my own confessing my dislike of cooking…or are you one of these Mom’s too?

In years past, sometimes I would feel guilty that I wasn’t ‘THAT Mother’ that was a whizz in the kitchen that just LOVED feeding her family with delicious home cooked meals…

But nope, no more, no time for guilt.

I have about a dozen or so dishes that I can cook really well that taste delicious, so that gets us by.

What’s that got to do with the #NZBloggers topic – SAGE (that I’m a month late on)?

NZ Bloggers Blog Greatness ChallengeSource – #NZBloggers

I’m late to the party with the Blog Greatness Challenge…but I was reading through the list and the very first one (from MAY!!!) was SAGE…

I giggled thinking…goodness me what would I write about Sage?

I don’t even quite know exactly what it is?

Or how I would use it?

But thinking about Sage further, I worked out that, I would rather:

…Pay a Cook…than a Housecleaner

…Pay a Cook…than a Gardener (and I also don’t love gardening)

…Pay a Cook…and work an extra hour at work everyday

…Pay a Cook…than even having my dishwasher!

I can’t afford to pay a cook…but maybe one day!  😉

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I love the My Food Bag concept, and think it’s a great idea for families (if in budget).  The food looks DELICIOUS!

…but I kinda wish that Nadia would turn up everynight and cook it also for me…

…hey I would even be happy to have the very 1st person voted off MKR cook it for me…

…hey I would actually even be happy with anyone that can wield a pot and whip some yummy food up at my disposal.

Being a Single Parent its just about always ME on cooking.

Yes Miss 15 cooks and cooks quite well.  But reality is, she has a very full schedule not just during the week but weekends too where Homework, Multiple Trainings, Study, NCEA and commitments take priority.
There’s not alot of downtime, so the last thing I want to do is pull her away from finishing assignments to cook…so it’s still me.

Note to future husband out there…start cooking…

They often say “The way to a Man’s heart is through his stomach”…but maybe in my case “The way to my heart is through my stomach”!

Did you always love cooking…or something that came latter?

Sometimes I wonder if in 5 years time, it will hit me and I’ll be like “Ohhhhhh, that’s what everyone is talking about!

Maybe I’ll even learn what to do with Sage 😉

 

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