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Four seasons

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Four seasons

I am currently listening to the fantastic new Paul Kelly/Neil Finn album recorded live at the Opera House last year and for no validly connected reason (other than the brilliant Neil Finn and the song Four Seasons in One Day), I am resolved to finally head to NZ for a road trip.

I love four seasons (not in one day), and as I have partially in mind an idea to eventually buy a place/rent regularly where there are four identifiable seasons (a short,warm summer, autumn colour, freezing, snowy but sunny, not bleak winter and spring flowers), where should I concentrate my travels? We love tramping,mountains, skiing,alpine environments generally.

Thanks, as always.

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1. Re: Four seasons

Wanaka offers stunning mountains with great summers - the temps often rise to early 30s - and crisp chilled winters with 4 skifields and endless walking tracks. It is renowned for low rainfall and blue skies. Visitors flock there in the autumn for the autumn colour, the superb skiing, the spring lupins and lazy long summers.

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2. Re: Four seasons

Wanaka :)

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3. Re: Four seasons

Anywhere around Central; Otago or southern lakes will do the trick. central Otago has some of the most magificent displays of Blossum in the Spring and autum leaves in the Autum, has wonderful Hawe Frosts in the winter and some of the hottest summer weather. it breaks all records. check out Alexandra, it is close to almost anywhere you need.

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4. Re: Four seasons

For mountains, tramping, skiing, alpine environments I suggest the following areas

Hanmer springs, Canterbury

Queenstown

Nelson Lakes National Park

Ohakune or Tongaririo National Park area.

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5. Re: Four seasons

I'm not a fan of Nelson Lakes - sandfly hell

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6. Re: Four seasons

Thanks for those great suggestions. I can feel a road trip in July 14 developing, centred around these areas.

Thanks for the tip re sandflies too. We have them where I currently live, and despite years of trying to eradicate them, it's impossible and really compromises outdoor living.

Is Wanaka dairy/sheep/agricultural country? Are there genuine (eg fruit not bought from the supermarket then dressed up in a rustic looking basket to on sell) fresh food markets in the area?

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7. Re: Four seasons

Hi,

Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Cromwell are just a few, there are many more, all in Central Otago. Closest to great skiing Wanaka with Cardrona and Treble Cone about half an hour away and Queenstown with Coronet Peak 20mins and The Remarkables 40mins from town.

Obviously plenty of cold climate fruit but don't expect Mangos, Custard Apples and the like :-). The Pinot Noirs arhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing.

Cheers,

Edited: 18 November 2013, 23:03
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8. Re: Four seasons

The song was written about Melbourne's weather.

Maybe you should start there. :-/

Other than that, I'd suggest you try a road trip mid-late november from Akaroa to Greymouth. Our GPS took us through some fantastic countryside before travelling through Arthurs Pass. with plenty of snow still on the peaks, lupins in flower everywhere along the way.

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9. Re: Four seasons

There are many road side stalls selling fruit and preserves, you can see the trees it was grown on behind the stall. The Central Otago Farmer's Market is also a great place to stop for fresh supplies including local fruit, vegetables, olive oil, cheese, honey and regional specialty meats.

Northburn Station, a vineyard and sheep station just out of Cromwell, has a cellar door with locally produced food and merino lamb reared on the station.

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