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Cardrona

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  • Day42

    Snowboarden im September

    September 5 in New Zealand

    Ein ereignisreicher Tag geht zu Ende.
    Gestern bin ich nach einer schönen Fahrt von Te Anau an meinem nächsten Reiseziel angekommen: Queenstown. Eine Adventure-Stadt. Wo man langgeht und hinschaut, kann man die extremsten Extremsport-Dinge buchen. Hier traf ich Clement (den verrückten Franzosen) wieder. Wir hatten uns schon in Dunedin verabredet, uns in Queenstown wiederzutreffen. Nach einem Riesen-Burger bei FergBurger, einem muss in Queenstown (sagt mein Reiseführer) und mit vollem Bauch begaben wir uns in diverse Adventure-Informationszentren, um den besten Preis für ein Snowboard-Abenteuer zu finden. Am Ende entschieden wir uns dafür, am nächsten Tag (heute) mit Clements Auto in ein nahegelegenes Skigebiet zu fahren. Danach tranken wir noch ein Bier in der Bar des Hostels. Später kam Elisabeth dazu, ein Mädchen aus Belgien, das ich morgens im Hostel in Te Anau kennengelernt hatte. Sie entschied kurzfristig das gleiche Snowboard-Abenteuer zu buchen. :) Also verabredeten wir uns für den nächsten Morgen, um gemeinsam zum Skigebiet zu fahren.

    Früh um 7 Uhr starteten wir unseren Trip. Schon der Weg zum Skigebiet war super schön! Überall Berge und hinter uns im Tal Queenstown. Wir hörten frabzösische HipHop-Musik und waren alles super drauf und aufgeregt. Nach einer Stunde Fahrt kamen wir auf dem Parkplatz an, ich schlüpfte in meinen gelben Superanzug und in meine Schuhe, das Board wurde untergeschnallt und los ging es. Ein bisschen schnell für meine Verhältnisse, ich hatte nicht genug Zeit, um mich auf dieses Abenteuer seelisch und moralisch vorzubereiten :D also stand ich da auf der Piste, wie ein großer gelber Haufen Unglück und hatte erstmal mega Schiss :D Clement und Elisabeth mussten ständig auf mich warten, weil ich super langsam war und natürlich erstmal hinfiel. Clement nahm sich aber die ersten beiden Abfahrten Zeit, mir alles in Ruhe nochmal zu erklären, voll lieb! Es klappte immer besser und die beiden waren zum Glück nicht genervt, sondern freuten sich jedes Mal, wenn ich ein bisschen besser wurde. Ich dachte erst echt: ach du Scheiße, das soll ich den ganzen Tag aushalten, ich hatte das spaßiger in Erinnerung. Aber ab der dritten Abfahrt hatte ich richtig Spaß und düste (nur gefühlt, ich war immernoch super langsam!) die Pisten hinunter. Die beiden fuhren schwerere Strecken und ich die leichteren und immer machten wir unten einen Treffpunkt aus und fuhren gemeinsam mit dem Lift wieder hoch. Perfekto also :)

    An einem besonders hohen Punkt auf dem Berg machten wir bei einer besonders schönen Aussicht über die Alpen Mittagspause, futterten unsere Brote und freuten uns über das perfekte Wetter und den tollen Tag!
    Nach einem Kaffee im Sitzsack im Schnee ging es weiter, wieder zwei Stunden rauf und runter! Das hat so viel Spaß gemacht!
    Am Ende saßen wir völlig platt und müde und zufrieden im Auto zurück nach Queenstown. Die Fahrt von den Bergen herunter war wieder super schön! Nach einem Bier in der Bar des Hostels trennten wir uns für eine Dusche und Abendbrot und verabredeten uns für später, um gemeinsam loszuziehen.

    Wir setzten uns mit einer Flasche Wein ans Seeufer und waren danach noch in einer Cowboy-Bar, tranken Bier und spielten Billard. Das macht echt Spaß mit den beiden :)
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  • Day9

    Sadly today was the day we were leaving Queenstown. We absolutely loved this place and would highly recommend it if you’re ever planning on coming to New Zealand’s South Island. While we didn’t really do any of the crazy adrenaline activities here, we still thoroughly enjoyed the experience and atmosphere of the whole place. It’s sad to be going but there’s still so much of this island we need to explore before we hand back the keys to our Wilderness Motorhome.

    It started with a morning run down to the Ferg for a couple of brekky burgers and coffee, a quick pack up, and restock of water and we were on our way. We were heading back north, aiming for the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. That was going to be our route home to Christchurch.

    We set out, up through the winding, misty roads of the Crown Ranges of Queenstown. As we approached the pinnacle of this beautiful mountain range we began noticing flashes of fresh white snow all around us, we hit the top, parked the van and jumped out into the soft white powder of freshly fallen snow. We spent some time here taking photos, building our first snowman (George), and of course, throwing snowballs. We took a great liking to our snowbaby George and dressed him appropriately, complete with glasses, gloves and a beanie, he even had a proper carrot nose. Best snowman to date! But we were soon saturated and freezing and had to say goodbye to our new little buddy. We jumped back into the vans and started down the other side of the mountains.

    We stopped briefly for a coffee (or mulled wine for some) in the beautiful Cardrona Valley. This quaint little town was tiny but packed full history, complete with a musty but stunning old hotel and cute little school house. We could picture exactly what this little town would have been like back in the day.

    We pushed north, passing back through Wanaka and Albert town heading toward the West Coast. It wasn’t long before the scenery around us changed from snowy mountains to beautiful, lush green, moss covered forests. With the rain falling all around us, this change of scenery brought on a new sense of awe. The dense forests surrounded the road, as we caught glimpses of rushing blue rivers and showering, white waterfalls. This was one of the nicest drive we’d done yet. We stopped at various river crossings and lookouts but, our prime stopping spot was the Blue Pools. The Blue Pools were located about 2 hours north west of Queenstown. We parked our van and set off on the 10 minute walked through the stunning forest to the blue pools. The blue pools consisted of two rivers joining together forming a deep section of water surrounded by smooth stone beaches. On a sunny day the pools look incredible blue, a result of light refracting through the crystal clear snow fed rivers. However, today it was quiet cloudy and the heavy rain had turned the water more of a green colour. None the less it was still an amazing experience. Walking along the board walks through the green forests was so out of this world, and as we crossed the suspension bridge over the blue pools we were again taken away by the beauty of this place.
    We walked down to the waters edge and skimmed stones across to the other side. Many people had built stone stacks which seems to be the thing to do over here with so many flat, smooth rocks.

    Soon the rain set in only more heavy and we made the trek back through the forest to our vans. We set off down the road for about 1km before finding our campsite for the night. We camped at a place called Cameron Flat which over looked the river below us.

    From there it was a cheese board, red wine and a rainy game of ticket to ride before James cooked up a storm for dinner. Jo and I took advantage of the relaxing time to start watching The Hobbit, a perfect movie choice for our New Zealand adventure. Unfortunately our campsite was out of internet coverage so we were phone-less and internet-less for a night (not sure how some of us coped). But with full bellies and sleepy eyes we had no quarms in hitting the pillow for the night, ready to continue our road trip up the west coast tomorrow.

    Asher ☺️
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  • Day44

    Cardrona

    February 3, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today we left Wanaka and continued our journey to Queenstown. We stopped at Cardrona Mountain Resort, high above the pass between the two towns. Cardrona caters to us mountain bikers in the summerand so we spent an afternoon, and into the late evening, ripping up some awesome, fast, rocky and loose trails. The place was so awesome we will be back for another TGIF session before leaving the south!

    Ben
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  • Day19

    Horse Trekking Tour in Cardrona

    October 19, 2017 in New Zealand

    Gestern Nacht haben wir auf einem kleinen Schotterparkplatz am Rande der Hochebene von Cardrona gecampt. Dort hatte man einen super Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang 🌄
    In den Bergen von Cardrona ging es heute auf einen 2-Stunden-Ausritt.
    Mein Pferd hieß "Cheese" 😄
    Mittlerweile sind wir an die Südküste der Insel weitergezogen.... genug Berge 😏 .... wir Nordlichter brauchen mal wieder Küste, Meer und Strand 🌊😄Read more

  • Day73

    Skiing!

    June 15, 2016 in New Zealand

    My expectations were not great for skiing at the Cordrona resort, however, thanks to a few heavy snowfalls the previous week, we were rewarded with open pistes and no queues! Having been skiing countless times in the French/Italian Alps it was nice to experience another area. Saying that, the size of the resort was not a spot on the likes of Les Contamines, however, skiing with Sarah made it one of the most enjoyable. For someone who only had three days experience, sarah was extremely competent and in no time was tackling some icey blue slopes. The only slip up being when commander Brown believed we were following a green slope which in fact turned out to be a tricky red...oops. Sarah did however traverse and even turn down it magnificently. Having been thrust into a similar situation years ago, I can say she outperformed me like the All Blacks outperform Mansfield Paviors. It was here that we also picked up our first ever hitch hiker, the less said about him the better. He was a man who when describing his travels to us used the phrase 'I lived in Vietnam for 2 month's', he himself was lucky not to be taking his own little detour off-piste soon after that remark. We then proceeded to aprez ski at a trendy bar in Wanaka, needless to say we got off our rocker on 3 dollar cokes. We have grown fond of Wanaka, it is a very small town but possesses a lot of character-without the crowds. We spent our next day just relaxing next to lake Wanaka, skilfully skimming stones and even more skilfully eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches. After a night watching 'A Winters Tale' (utter garbage), Sarah received the news that her grandfather Sam had died at home. So our day travelling to Queenstown has been spent talking to family and remembering an absolute gentleman. Having met him several times in the past couple of years I can honestly say he was a force for good in the blink of an eye that is our existence and will truly be missed by friends and family. On a different subject, Queenstown has a second hand book shop specialising in sci if and fantasy - jackpot! Also, as a town it seems to have an energetic atmosphere with lots of drinking establishments. However, i can't help but feel like Wanaka was a nicer area. We are currently sitting in Macca D's, taking advantage of their free Wi-Fi in order to talk to family and receive updates about her grandad. Tomorrow Holly is joining us as she fly's down from Auckland and will spend a few days with us before our time in NZ draws to an emotional close.Read more

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