Winter has arrived and it has brought with it a crisp freshness to the air, I have been fairly busy not only on the road but also in the office. We have a lovely new guide Maria Cairns who has joined the crew, she is bubbly, enthusiastic and in her spare time enjoys trail running. I have had the pleasure (or she has, depending on who’s telling the story 😉 ) of taking her with me on the last couple of trips to Arthur’s Pass. She had a great time taking our guests on the Jacks hut walk, and to the viewing points of the waterfalls in the area. On the way back to Christchurch we all put our imaginations to the test as we walked around while looking for shapes and coming up with different objects that some of the limestone formations resemble at Castle hill. I have also had a few tours to Akaroa lately also. I took a lovely french couple there on the weekend and they had a wonderful time with BlackCat Nature Harbour Cruise. They really enjoyed the wild-life which included a pod of about 15 Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand Fur seals, Wandering Albatross and the Little Blue Penguins. But to top it off and make this trip even more special they happened to come across two Southern Right Whales migrating pass the peninsula. I think its safe to say they found this trip worthwhile.