A week+ in NZ….

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An update from the last few days in NZ (on a VERY SLOW Internet connection…appreciate these picture uploads!!). We left Wanaka and the Snow Farm and headed to the Northern end of the South Island to the metropolis of Nelson! So far the weather and atmosphere in Nelson are great! We had our first ocean swim this week…the last time I was in salt water was in Yokohama!

Here are the photos from the week:

Hanging out with these guys at the Queenstown airport enroute to Nelson.  For those of you who haven’t flown on a domestic NZ flight, it’s heaven!  No security checks, be there 20′ before your flight, great views, pick up your luggage straight off the cart outside the terminal, plus you get a candy before landing!

The docks in Queenstown

My personal nightmare….look at all those birds!!


Touchdown in Nelson…downtown…

Free range chickens on one of my cycling routes…no chickens out the on this day(mid-day sun too hot), but I saw them running around the day before…they looked happy!

Makes a…

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A Day at the Snow Farm

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The Snow Farm is located at 1600m and in the winter is a XC ski facility that one day I will come back and ski at!  The road up to the Snow Farm is 13+km on a gravel road, and depending on who is driving and what you are driving, it takes about 13-22 minutes to drive up from the main highway below.  From the bottom it is a further 20km to the nearest town, Wanaka.  So, the logistics of sleeping “high” and training “low” (300m in Wanaka) can be a little tricky.  So here is a day at the Snow Farm in pictures:

It starts by organizing all the gear and food needed for the day down the hill….also results in one messy room!

Next is packing up the van with bikes and gear for the ride down…

Then it’s some van time for the journey down…usually to the pool in Wanaka first followed by a bike or run or both….

Then it’s park the cars, pull the bikes/gear out and get ready for the workout! …

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Adventures in NZ, part I-Wanaka & the Snow Farm

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 The trip started out with some clear skies for my window seat view over the Rocky Mountains and over Southern California and then after a long wait in LA and a overnight flight, great views over New Zealand’s south island and into Queenstown.

 The Snow Farm from above.  Our home for the next two weeks….

 After a long couple days flying I was left the keys to the van and went straight to driving on the left….

 So far the weather here has been great, perfect for getting back into the swing of training camp…although the long daylight hours are messing with my head….from dark at 5pm  in Calgary to dark after 10pm here!

Below is the contoured XC ski slopes of the snow farm, one year I’ll have to come back in the winter!

 My favourite view of Mount Aspiring…. 


A stop along one of our cycling routes…

Just a quick one from NZ.  Until next time!


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