So, after my last post, I received a nasty comment from one of my most faithful readers. This reader was upset/concerned that there was too much information on the minutiae of our lives here and not enough presentation of the fun and beauty of New Zealand. It’s a reasonable complaint. But, I have been busy with helping to set up the basics of our lives here and have not put a lot of effort into editing images and telling a bigger story. I tried to explain about Maslow’s Hierarchy, but it went right over her head (and, who would have ever expected to read about Maslow’s Hierarchy in a blog about skiing in New Zealand). But, that’s about to change! Yes, She-Who-Must-be-Obeyed will finally get to see some photographs of beautiful New Zealand and of her family having fun in New Zealand!!!
We’ve been here for about three weeks now and this is the first weekend that we’re going to just sit around the house and be locals. The first weekend, we drove to the ocean and Oreti Beach, just west of Invercargill on Saturday, and then to The Catlins on Sunday. We made it back to The Catlins last Sunday. I’ll share photos and more about The Catlins in another post – I’m still working on those photos (in part because I’m still trying to get my computer to work). During our second weekend here, we journeyed to Te Anau and then Queenstown. Again, I’ll put some of those photographs later. Just allow me to write that Te Anau and Queenstown are two of the most beautiful towns/cities that I’ve ever visited. I can’t wait to get back to them.
Whilst in Queenstown, we took a trip up to The Remarkables Ski Area, a few kilometers south of Queenstown. Down in the valley where Queenstown is located, the weather was cool, but very pleasant, even warm, for a skiing town. When I’ve been in Colorado and Utah ski communities in the winter, there’s always this crispness to the air. It’s warmer here as well as more humid. The low-lying areas didn’t have any snow on them, but we very green for my perception of winter.
Getting to The Remarkables is about a twenty minute drive up the mountain on a gravel road. It’s a beautiful drive and there aren’t a whole lot of guard rails alongside the road. The ski area itself seems smaller than the few American ski areas I’ve visited, but it is larger and more terrain and vertical than Wisconsin’s ski areas! 🙂