Summer Roundup 2022

While 2021/22 was a year of lockdowns and restrictions, we did manage to get out and about, albeit being careful about social distancing and mask-wearing.

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In early January, Graeme joined Andy, Cath and grandson Matthew to hike the Tongariro Crossing.

This walk ranks in the top 10 of one-day hikes in the world. The day was beautiful and it left us all with a sense of satisfaction having completed it.

The Team
Mt Mgauruhoe crater
Mattie, Andy & Cath

Three of the “four boys” came together in February to celebrate niece Alana’s wedding to Karl. Robin couldn’t make it due to the NZ Covid travel restrictions.

Four Boys – 1

We then headed south for a month of cycling on the tracks and trails of Central Otago, stopping off to spend a day with Cath, Jake & Esme at the beach.

Titahi Bay
Bluebridge Ferry Crossing to the South Island

We headed South with the first stop being in Kaikoura, then Christchurch, before meeting up with the Kings in Oamaru.

Oamaru Accommodation

We did a few short rides around Oamaru

Oamaru Gardens
Humpty Dumpty in the Gardens
Noeline on the A2O trail heading to Weston
Ian heading to Weston
End of the A2O

We stopped off at Ann’s brother Bill’s home in Wingatui just out of Dunedin; while there, we attended nephew Geoff’s wedding to Kirsty

Bill and Ruth’s front garden
Geoff, Kirsty, Benji & Mira at the top table
Ann’s Dad & Jill.
(There is 100 years difference between Mira and her great-grandfather)

Next stop, we regrouped with the Kings at Ann’s sister’s holiday home in Twizel.

Soak in the Spa after a good ride
Tarnbrae track on the Lake Ohau section of the A2O
Lake Ohau Lodge section A2O – tick
Lake Ruataniwha – Twizel
Ann river crossing on the Dusky trail

It was then on to Central Otago, where we stayed at both Alexandra and Cromwell. We commenced our time in central with a lovely meal at Mt Difficulty Winery.

We cycled parts of the Rail Trail, the new Lake Dunstan cycleway and the track from Arrowtown to Queenstown.

Mt Difficulty Winery
Poolburn Viaduct on the Rail Trail
Poolburn Tunnel
Lake Dunstan cycleway
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

We turned and headed toward home, stopping for a few days at Hanmer Springs.

Ann & Graeme drove 12km into the Alps and rode the St James Cycleway into Scotties Hut on the Edwards River. This was a ride of about 34km with four river crossings.

St James Cycleway.
(The trail winds up the valley below)
Heading up the cycleway.
Amazing Country Side.
3 minute clip on the St James
Forest sculpture walk at Hanmer Springs

It was then back to the ferry and home

We booked a cabin as a covid precaution

We are about to head away to the UK and back to the Manor at Pradoe for four months and then to Europe for two months before returning to NZ in mid-October.

We are looking forward to having 3 Summers in a row.

Pradoe, West Felton, Shropshire

Link to Historic Pradoe