Wild Westcoast, A Rock Hounds Paradise

Ancient Sediments from Deep Below   Where in the world is this? Any guesses? Which continent?  Well it is a mixture. You don’t have to be a scientist to go exploring, however, many scientists visit this site and/or monitor its activity from afar.       On a glorious sunny day in early August we…

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McCormick House

Picton News

Season Preparation and Local Attractions Greetings from Carl and Jeanne at Picton, at the top of the South Island. We have been busy preparing McCormick House for the busy Summer season ahead. With warm North Westerly conditions, gardening is a great sunny option. Our local wood pigeons are feasting on local Kowhai trees. Tuis and…

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Hidden Lodge Ski

Hidden Lodge Ski

Hidden Lodge Winter Excitement Winter is one of our favorite seasons at Hidden Lodge, the town is so beautiful at the moment and there is so much happening.   The official Winter Festival went off without a hitch and ski season is in now in full swing.  There has been tonnes of snow dumped, and the…

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Miller House

The Miller House Leaf Blower, Snails and Sculpture

Musings of a Landscape Gardner   All the years I have resisted buying a leaf blower as a gadget I did not need, I do enjoy raking leaves, but this year’s storms and the now substantial size of the oak trees have convinced me to relent.   Of course now there is no holding me,…

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Sails Ashore Winter Garden Chores

Iris’ Garden Iris has a little sign in her garden  >> “To Live off Your Garden you almost need to Live in Your Garden”  and to be fair she is never happier than in amongst her plants. And of course our guests love the fresh from garden produce that appears in snacks and nibbles. Gardens…

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Clearview Lodge Olve Harvest

Clearview Lodge Olive Harvest

Clearview Lodge Olive Harvest ……As well as grapes and assorted fruit trees we also have a grove of Olive Trees, and the culmination of the years season is harvest time around mid Winter

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Starlight Highway

Starlight Highway We are very lucky to not only have one of the most amazing natural views during day but also at night. Lakestone Lodge is located on the recently named “Starlight Highway” (formerly known as  State Highway 8 or Tekapo-Twizel Rd) the road has been given this moniker due to its location in the…

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Hidden Lodge

Hidden Lodge, Queenstown

Hidden Lodge Queenstown is your home away from home. A place where you can experience total relaxation and enjoy complete serenity. Situated on the edge of lake Wakatipu, just minutes away from the heart of Queenstown we invite you to be amazed by our breath taking views and indulge in our natural scenery, in seemingly total isolation

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