Back at my desk on a Monday morning after two glorious weeks in the South Island. We stayed with my parents in Methven for the first week and took the kids skiing up Mt Hutt, then borrowed Mum and Dad's campervan and headed to the Mackenzie Country, one of our favourite parts of New Zealand. The van's water pipes froze on the first night in the Tekapo campground but we were toasty warm inside, and it wasn't far to walk to the camp facilities to fill up jugs of water. Tekapo has a newish "Alpine Springs" resort that we hadn't been to before: it's right next to the campground and has ice-skating, snow tubing and most importantly, hot pools. It was so nice to spend an evening in the pools, surrounded by trees and tussocky grasses and staring up at Tekapo's famously clear night skies.
I also hadn't been skiing at Round Hill - what a find! Perfect skiing for kids, but also some nice powder for me and a cliff-face for Alistair. The ski-field almost has its own micro-climate, and we had two still and sunny days there while all the nearby ski fields were closed due to high winds. I took this photo out of the dirty car window on our way to the ski field. The drive up the mountain (hill) and home again was almost as good as the skiing - what a stunning country we live in.