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Braided river bird survey – Hunter Valley, Otago NZ

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Over the last several years I’ve been fortunate as a volunteer to take part in several braided river bird surveys in Wanaka / Mt Aspiring National Park area, with the Dept of Conservation. Notably the Makarora and Matukituki rivers, but this week saw my first one in the Hunter river valley that feeds Lake Hawea.…

The pleasant aftermath of quite a storm

This weekend we’ve experienced the positive benefits of quite a spell of wild weather. Front after front dropped up to 2 meters of snow on the local ski areas, and probably double that back in the Southern Alps. It was a pretty unusual cycle though, as a lot of it happened accompanied by gale force…

Queen’s Birthday long weekend

So what did you do for our long NZ holiday weekend? For me every holiday break usually elicits a few memories of trips in our mountains. With the short daylight hours this time of year and accompanying biting cold some memories are quite vivid: A long ways up the Dobson Valley which runs into Lake…

A long way to go to church

I’m not sure when I learnt of it, or when the desire set in, but I have wanted to visit the Serpentine Church for many years. It was the highest church [about 1030 metres] in New Zealand, and is situated in a snow tussock basin 90 mins. drive south of the Old Dunstan Rd. or…