Curling in Naseby

We’ve lived in NZ now for 3 years and had no idea that Naseby is home to NZ’s only indoor curling rink. We thought we would have a day out of the saddle and try our hand at curling! Highly recommended, what a laugh! Great facility as well – friendly staff, well priced and a relaxed atmosphere.

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This move is harder than it looks! 

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Brush brush brush! 

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Day three: Ranfurly to Oturehua

So much more pleasant without a headwind! We flew threw this section of the trail and ended up in Oturehua just in time for a lunch-time beer. The afternoon was spent exploring the historic town of St Bathans. Another trip to the local pub in St Bathans before heading back for a delicious dinner out in The Ancient Briton in Naseby. Yes, today had a theme of pubs/beer it seems – I’ve had worse days!

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Off we go! 

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“Red hot poker flowers” along the way

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Coming into Wedderburn

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Highest possible point on the rail trail – all downhill from here!

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Oturehua pub – good beer in there! 

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The signs are all there, beer o’clock maybe!

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I quite agree!

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This may come in handy for a lot of people!

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St Bathans

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Blue Lake at St Bathans

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Day two: Hyde to Ranfurly

Tough day today with a head wind for the first 10km or so. You know the wind is blowing the wrong way when people cycling the trail the opposite way to you are barely peddling going up hill whilst we’re having to pedal going down hill! About 10km from the end the wind eased and after resting up at Waipiata Pub with a coffee we were ready to finish at Ranfurly. Beautiful scenery and some fun tunnels and bridges!

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First tunnel on the far left

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Autumnal colours of Otago

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Met some locals along the way!

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This guy’s going no where in a hurry! 

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Waipiata Pub – friendly service in such a serene environment

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So glad to see Ranfurly Station at the end of the day!

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Ranfurly – another quaint little town

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Day One: Middlemarch to Hyde

Day one of the rail trail – Middlemarch to Hyde. Sunshine, blue skies, wonderful scenery rounded off with steak and wine!

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Sutton Salt Lake walk

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Only now do we find out the lake dries up in summer! 

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Middlemarch – the start

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First wee hut at Ngapuna – one of many to come. 

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Memorial for the people who lost their lives in the Hyde railway disaster June 1943 all built by the local community. 

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One of many bridges

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Hyde train station – nearly there! 

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We made it – day one down!

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Always concerning when you have to tell people specifically not to sit on a heater…

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Always concerning when you have to specifically tell people to not sit on a heater…!

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Naseby – our home for three days

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Otago Central Railtrail Part 1:stop off in Oamaru (penguins!)

For the last three years at least I have been carrying on about doing the Otago Central Railtrail and now we are finally getting it done! A multi-day cycle tour of some of NZ’s finest scenery along the old rail line through old tunnels (and multiple pubs I’m told…)

First stop on the way down to our start point was an overnight stay in Oamaru, home to not just one species of penguin but two.  The very sweet little blue penguins who make their exit from a hard day of fishing around some rocks and the yellow eyed penguins who pop out on to Bushy Beach to make their way back to nests up on the cliff. Cute little things really!

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Bushy Beach

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Awwww!

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Apparently only three penguins live on this beach now – lucky to see this one!

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The Beautiful Banks Peninsula

For anyone living in or visiting NZ I would strongly recommend a trip to Akaroa. The drive features some typical NZ treats – azure waters with rolling green hills complete (with plenty of sheep!) as the backdrop. A stop off at the Hilltop Cafe is a must not just for the friendly service, tasty craft beers and wood fired pizzas but to take in the view of Akaroa below. This time around we didn’t venture much into Akaroa centre but hiked around Duvauchelle, a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of town just before Akaroa. The Easter bunny seemed on top form and had given us some lovely sunshine to enjoy the views!

http://www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/greater-banks-peninsula-walks/
http://www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/akaroa-walks/

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Ngaio Point Walkway

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Lunch time stop off- can’t complain!

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View from the top of the walkway

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Quick walk in the Garden of Tane (pronounced Tar-Nay) – where the first settlers of Akaroa are buried, a lot of which were French and British

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Kauri tree planted to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

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View from the Garden of Tane

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Next hike – en route to the Onawe Peninsula and Maori Pa

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Maori Pa – a fort previously used by the Maori to spy potential intruders

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Pa from the base

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A little bit steep in areas!

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Views from the top of the Pa loop just before  the clouds rolled in (and then rolled away again shortly after!)

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Amazing colours and patterns of the Pa up close

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Perfect end to the perfect day at Hilltop Cafe!

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Eyeing up my beer!

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Mount Cass Walkway

Busy weekend of walking for us! Mr M is currently doing a step challenge at work – one month, teams of four to see which team can get the most steps. It’s on! Yesterday was the Port Hills, today Mount Cass. Great walk today – sunshine blue skies and fantastic scenery, what more?

http://transwastecanterbury.co.nz/media/files/casswalkway_jul09_brochure(1).pdf

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Up we go!

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Old limestone quarry

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No hobbits in there!

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Looks like we have an audience…

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Check out the beard!

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Mountain goats 🙂

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Limestone formations along the way

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Mount Cass vineyards

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Mount Cass vineyards