This week has been a pretty good week. And it started with this pic on Monday. That was the day I was supposed to hear back from a job interview. Not just whatever job interview but from a place I really wanted. So I was super nervous the whole morning and got more and more anxious by the hour. I had to do something productive, something to take my mind of this thing. What do I do? Go hiking of course. Wanted to do a cool, but relatively short day hike nearby.... Isthmus Peak at sunset fit the bill perfectly! Hadn't heard from the work by the time we got there so off we went and I had kinda given up hope by then 😌. But hiking totally worked, the mountains just cleared my mind and enjoyed every bit of it. Since we started late people coming down were warning us about the crispy wind up there, checking we had torches and warm clothes with us. Well yep, we were prepared and the sunset was so worth the effort. 😍 Not to mention, we were the only ones on the summit, although it is a really popular hike!! When we got back to the hostel I checked my phone and had a missed call. It was waaaay too late to call back so had to go to bed nervous.... again....
The chaise of snow continues. That day I woke up and started the morning, as I usually do, by checking my phone. The first message I got said: "look outside when you wake up 😍". I immediately new what she ment. Got up, got dressed, ran out and YES the mountains were topped with snow. Ran inside, had a bit of a happy dance and hyped it to all of the others. Not too long after got a message from another friend just saying: "you must be smiling! 😃" And oh man, I totally was!!! That day we drove around to find the most suitable easy access hike to see the snow. After few miss hits walked along the beautiful Minaret Burn Track. And btw saw (quoting here) "exceptionally large falcon" gliding straight towards us. It barely passed us, never seen it actually that close ❤ Still didn't get my hands on the snow. But the time will come and I know it'll be glorious. I'm looking forward to some pretty awesome snow fights. Meanwhile I'll be perfecting my strategies and snow fighting skills 😉 #chasingsnow #happy #winteriscoming #newzealand
I've always loved spending time alone. I know it's not really for everybody, but I totally need those moments of peace and quiet. No need to worry about anybody else and just do what ever you want. So last week I had one of these moments and felt like I really needed to get the most of my free time, when I still have it (cos I don't have a proper job yet.... I'm working on it 😏). And suprisingly so, I went tramping. This track was perfect. I did meet a small group of people in the beginning and we hiked to the valley together, but I wanted to continue further, so in the end I got the perfect camping night alone. Without any people around, next to a river, overlooking that glacier, surrounded by tons of waterfalls and mountains, not to mention the amazing clear night sky. Ah just perfect! As much as I love being alone, this track wouldn't be possible without amazing people I've met in the hostel. First of all got a recommendation from a super cool photographer who had pretty unbelievable stories to tell, got to borrow the best tent ever from my flatmate @onewanderinggeographer and last but not least, got a locator beacon from a friend, just to feel secure #makeithomenz . I feel pretty lucky to be surrounded by these people. ❤
The paddock with a view over Wanaka. Pretty sweet place to wander around and find the tastiest patches of grass. Sheeps are like my best friends when hiking. I always say hi, have a little chat about the weather, the track and if they stick around this long, I take tons of photos. Although usually they just run away before I even have the time to introduce myself. Maybe one day I'll become the sheep whisperer I'd like to be and this feeling of friendship will be mutual. 😁
We got this great idea to go for a nice quick afternoon hike to check the Rob Roy's Glacier. Wanted to see it really snowy. We had to be back home at seven, so surely we have enough time... yeaah, to spoil it for you, we didn't make it. The track itself was great, rainy but great. Saw just a small part of the glaciers but instead had this mysterious atmosphere around, huge waterfalls and just few people since we started late. We got back to the car about eight o'clock, not too bad, but still had an hour drive ahead. Started to drive and "Nipsu" the car, started to make weird noises, even more than usual (yes my car makes weird noises all the time, maybe should do something about it earlier😏). We were out of nowhere, it was raining, getting darker every minute and didn't have any reception, classic start of a horror movie. Couldn't really do anything so decided just to drive and hope for the best. On the way we had to gross fords, so the whole time I was padding the wheel, encouraging it and hoping it can feel the love. And it worked! We made it to Wanaka around ten o'clock super hungry, got pizza and drove home! 🙌 I'm so proud of Nipsu and now I'm getting it fixed 😌
That time the mountains got covered with snow. I was crazy excited about it and let everybody around me know it as well. If you had a conversation with me, basically the topics narrowed down to mountains, snow and maybe how awesome Wanaka is. 😅 Obviously I needed to get closer, so first the plan was to climb the Roy's Peak once more for the sunrise... Well we went on with the day, went to bed way too late and woke up 6:30am rather than 3:30am. Still not too bad, right? So didn't make it to Roy's Peak but instead drove to the lakefront, ran to reach a good spot before the sunrise and, thanks to Anna, drank tea while watching the first sunbeams of the day reach those snowy tops. Pretty sweet start for the day. ❤
I've met some amazing people these past weeks. But don't get me started on this dog! 😁 We were just hanging out on the beach when this dog came running to us and changed our lives (might be a bit exaggerated, but well you know, at least the day). We played fetch over and over again with small sticks, big sticks, multiple sticks, almost half a tree was thrown and he tried and tried to get it. This dog is the most resilient dog I've ever met. And then all of a sudden, he just ran away to his rightful owner, leaving me behind... such a tragedy. Missing you, mystery dog! ❤
The second day of the track I was happy to share half of the walking with this awesome Austrian girl. We had such a great time together chatting away while walking up in the mountains and down the slopes towards the river where we had to say goodbyes. She continued north when I had to turn back south towards home. She is walking all the way up to the north tip of south island and doing it all by her self. Inspiring, eh? Although I had known her just a night before I felt pretty sad to leave her. At the same time was so excited to have met this person and I'm sure we'll meet again. Maybe in New Zealand or latest in Austria where we're going to the mountains again together. ❤ 🏔
I've met so inspiring people during these past few days. Been so lucky! Breast Hill is small part of Te Araroa track that goes through whole New Zealand. From the people I met while hiking, I was the only person who wasn't doing that. So got to share a hut with three amazing hikers with stories I couldn't believe. We shared sugar, tea, chocolate and had a great evening talking about travelling, hiking, challenges and rewards we've experienced. Made some good friends that night and couple of them are actually coming to helsinki to start their cycling tour through Europe pretty soon. 😀
Started to hike up to the peak in total darkness. Suddenly could see pair of eyes reflecting from my head torch. First I thought it was a possum but as I got closer it crew bigger and bigger. I was sure this is the undiscovered hungry tourist eating monster New Zealand had never seen before, until it made the oh so familiar noise and realised it was a sheep. Relieved and a bit disappointed at the same time 😉
So much love ❤
Woke up this morning with a plan of going to Christchurch to buy a camera. Well then I heard that the mountains are covered with snow! Couldn't resist, had to go and take a look on the way, so ended up tramping up to Foggy Peak in Porters Pass. Didn't buy a camera (yet), but had an awesome day!!! ❤
TB to Arthur's pass. Should I go tramping again soon? Oooh yes I should. Not in few days though, because of the cyclone Gita hitting New Zealand tomorrow....
These backcountry huts just keep on surprising me. Their in perfect condition and in most stunning places. It only took 2,5 hours to hike to Green lake but I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. Had only one couple staying the night with me so it really was the best way of enjoying nature, mountains and a get away from the usual tracks. ❤
Last glimpse of Stewart island. Perfect day to get back to the main land. Although now I miss the local bars quiz night...
Found piece of Abel Tasman from Stewart island. The left picture is from yesterday's hike to Maori beach and the other is taken 4 months ago in Abel Tasman. ☀
Milford sound is as beautiful as every picture I've seen. At some point I'll come back with hiking boots on. Definitely have to make that happen. ❤