Matariki – Happy Maori New Year

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Matariki is the constellation of stars known as the Plaiedes and also referred to as the Seven Sisters (In Greek Legend the Plaiedes were the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione).  Matariki's appearance in New Zealand skies marks the start of the Maori New Year. Traditionally these celebrations begin on the sighting of the new moon after the appearance of Matariki. So, on a beautiful, still, but … [Read more...]

Up, up and away for avalanche teams

Handlers and dogs of the Wanaka Search and Rescue search-dog team at their first helicopter exercise for the winter at Treble Cone yesterday. The avalanche dogs of the Southern Lakes region and their handlers spent yesterday dangling on 20m strops, or long-lines, beneath helicopters as they undertook a refresher course at Treble Cone skifield. via Up, up and away for avalanche teams | Otago … [Read more...]

Highflying Adventure in wanaka New Zealand

The Season: June to September; best mid-July to August Savvy skiers know that above all those woolly herds and verdant lowlands lie the Southern Alps, with uncrowded, high-alpine ski resorts and heli-skiing adventures. Beautiful, scene-free and all about having a good time on the snow and off, New Zealand has two major ski resorts on the North Island and seven on its South Island. The latter's … [Read more...]

Wanaka Wine and Food Fest

Wanaka Wine and Food Fest Labour Weekend ( 20 - 21 Oct 2012) in Lake Wanaka will be one big taste sensation with the Wanaka Wine and Food Fest as part of the Willowridge Wanakafest celebrations. Maple Lodge has special rates for the Labour weekend email them to find out more stay@maplelodgewanaka.co.nz. Set against the stunning backdrop of Mt Aspiring National Park on the shores of Lake … [Read more...]

Annabel Langbein: the queen of Kiwi cuisine

It's a frosty morning at Maple Lodge in Wanaka New Zealand. This article is a reminder of the warm summer days and the wonderful food of this amazing part of New Zealand. In her second dispatch from New Zealand Xanthe meets Annabel Langbein, South Island’s answer to Nigella Lawson. Pure and simple: Annabel Langbein, left, and Xanthe Clay harvest lunch from Annabel’s vegetable garden on the sho … [Read more...]