Kinloch, New Zealand
Since the beginning of February I’ve been working at Kinloch Lodge on the northeastern end of lake Wakatipu which lies around the bend from Queenstown and opposite the town of Glenorchy. Though once you get past your woofing hours you’re greeted by the various mountain chains in the area and at night the Milky Way opens up a above which is complimented well by a cup of New Zealand’s ‘fantastic’ instant coffee.
GREATEST SHOWDOWN HITS of 2012
Thanks for a great year, everyone. It has been fun making these showdowns for you. Let us look upon the showdowns that seem to have been the most popular this past year and reminisce!
Seriously, thank you for all the support with these little guys. Good times, my friends. Good times.
After a winding bus ride through the west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula I arrived in Whititangia. From there I took a ferry like the one that runs through Yaletown and Granville island to the other side of Mercury Bay. I then hitchhiked from there to the holiday town of Hahei. During spring, or non-summer, this town holds about 250 people. Though by the peak of summer it fills up to about 3,000 or more who come to enjoy the Hot Water beach or Cathedral cove.
Kauaeranga Valley, Thames
With Germans ensuite I went up to the valley that rises up behind the coastal town of Thames. With bad weather on the horizon I was pretty keen on making sure I did this hike to the Pinnacles and back as soon as possible. But luckily the weather held out throughout the day and I was able to see the remants of the Kauri tree which are at the mercy of invasive species and disease. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to climb the Pinnacles themselves, but I had to turn back to catch the shuttle in time and before the downpour and subsequent thunderstorm.