Kia Ora Outdoors

December 9, 2020
Milford Sound
Curious duck at Queenstown Bay Beach

Last year I had an early winter experience in New Zealand, and it was a different kind of wonderland I remember ever so fondly. If you are ever wondering what winter in New Zealand is like, I think it's better if I paint you a picture. There was snow on mountain peaks, crystal clear rivers, turquoise blue lakes, crisp days with beautiful vistas and the perfect skiing, bungee jumping, paragliding and quad biking experiences. ????

???? As someone who is the proud owner of thermo-leggings, socks and #noregrets mindset, I was prepared for exploring the south island this time of year. I know from having close kiwi friends and extended family that when it comes to any season, there's nothing really holding us back from exploring the great outdoors. I mean who'd want to be cooped up inside all day, drinking hot drinks and cosying by the fireplace. ☕️

Friendly alpacas in Te Anau

Some of us crave extreme sports and just being active, engaging in some sort of activity. This is precisely how it is in New Zealand. The locals LOVE the outdoors, they are immersed and in tune with nature and their emotions. They are so abundant in compassion and being present, it was a pleasant place to finally visit, especially since I was so far away from Europe. ????????

Making acquaintances with a horse at Real Country Farm Kingston

I spent my time that season not only taking in the crisp, fresh air, outdoor activities, nature's animals and wholesome food, but of course the obligatory "lord of the rings" puns and scenic views. It was truly epic and one of the most temperate winters I had, because everything by then had entirely slowed down for me to fully take in and the earthiness of the culture and surrounding landscape is enough to warm anyone's heart. ❤️

????????‍♀️ I challenge all of you to try this sometime. You don't necessarily have to leave your city but try one day in a week to free up 1-2 hours and go to a quiet place, relax, unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet. You'll thank me later!

"Kia Ora"

Translation: "have life" or "be healthy", an informal Māori greeting equivalent to saying hello, thank you, or goodbye.


Translation: Māori term for "family" extended or community which includes physical, emotional and/or spiritual dimensions.

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