I love this time of year and all the wonders it brings with it. I had a wonderful time on tour with a lovely couple from Maryland, USA. They had a great love for the Mountains so I was more than happy to show off just a part of what New Zealand has to offer. We spent the first day up in Arthur’s Pass where we strolled through the beech forest and spotted some local residents, including bellbird, kea and a little South Island robin who kindly posed for a photo. It was such a beautiful day up there the sun was out shinning although I must say it was fresh with an icy chill in the air, but in a good way. After checking out the Bridle-veil falls and Devils punch-bowl waterfall we had definitely worked up an appetite we called into the Bealey Hotel to visit Debby and the crew for some lunch before making our way back to Christchurch with make stops at Moana Rua/Lake Pearson and Kura tawhiti/ Castle Hill. They decided they wanted to follow the Mountains so we drove down to Queenstown keeping close to the Southern Alps and making a special stop at New Zealand’s greatest… Aoraki/Mt Cook, in Maori the name means ‘Cloud Piercer’ which is appropriate, although not one of the highest mountains in the world (standing at 12,218ft) it is a favorite challenge for climbers from round the world. The drive into the park itself is stunning as you wrap around the amazing glacier feed turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki. The whole day was great, lovely weather, outstanding scenery and most importantly wonderful company.