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Christmas and New Year at Aspiring Hut

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It’s turning out to be a delight as to how I may feel walking in to begin my 15 day stints as hut warden at Aspiring Hut, and then finding that the mood of the weather has as much to do with it as anything. It really dictates the whole “energy” internally and externally, with…

My new summer job in Mt Aspiring National Park

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It’s all been a bit serendipitous how after lightening my journey of baggage and possessions, how I was “ready” [for what some asked, and I had no answer], that I now find myself being the new summer warden of the iconic Aspiring Hut . It’s in the West Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park, near…

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.…

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…