Is your #NZBloggers Favourite part of NZ the same as mine?
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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!
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
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.
❤ 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.
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…
❤ 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.
❤ 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.
❤ 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.
❤ 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.
❤ 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?
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?
I have written about my love for Wanaka on my Blog many times, you can read more post that feature Wanaka below:
• Laser Eye Surgery – The most Epic day with my New Eyes! (in Wanaka)
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