When the sun comes out

So after what seemed like forever it FINALLY feels like summer in New Zealand! And that means one thing: the suncream is out in full force (and my hair is slowly turning ginger…). So I am currently sat on my balcony writing this and what more could you ask for really. Here I share some of my sunny adventures on the other side of the world.

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Lake Hayes
One afternoon off we took a friends dog for a walk which ended up like more of a swim for her. Lush afternoon!

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Everyone meet Choco,  the best fetcher of sticks ever, she can play for hours (and I mean hours).

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Ruby Island
We took a road trip one afternoon to Wanaka to hire paddle boards – the ones which you stand up on to paddle! We ended up paddling to Ruby Island which lies in the centre of the lake.

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The story behind the name is quite interesting: back in the prohibition of the 1920’s, Ruby Island was used as a place to drink and dance by the residents of Wanaka.

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A look out was posted to watch for cops rowing across. No one was ever caught as by the time the cops arrived, all of the evidence ie bottles of booze, would have been thrown into the lake. Pretty neat huh! Ruby was the daughter of a rich Chinese man from Dunedin who visited Lake Wanaka one summer. She loved the island and the island loved her. Everyone wanted to dance with Ruby. When the summer was over, Ruby hid on the island to escape her father and save herself from an arranged marriage. The locals looked out for her, brought her food and made sure she was never found. Ruby continued to dance until one night where she was seen dancing with an Australian business man. And she has never been seen since. Nobody knows what really happened to Ruby. Did she go willingly? Was this the start  of a new life without hiding?

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It took us around an hour to paddle to Ruby Island as the tide was against us (the way back only took 35 minutes!) Paddle boarding is pretty straightforward once you get the knack of standing up. It’s also made a lot more fun (or terrifying) when speed boats/jet ski’s whip past and cause huge wakes for you to wobble over (see below).

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But I am happy to report I did not wobble enough to fall in. I left that to Flore who claims she “intentionally jumped in” when the lake patrol boat zoomed over to check everything was okay.

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We explored the island and found the old foundations of the cabaret building which held the dances long ago.

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I had my first swim in a lake in NZ.  I would love to say it was nice but my god it was freeeeeezing! I mean just a bit refreshing…

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Please note an under water camera was used in the making of these photos – the subjects do not normally look this good.

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It was an awesome day made even better by receiving a voucher for free drinks at one of the local bars! Score! And I had mussels too, only they were huuuuge,  never had them that big at home! I love New Zealand! The drive back was sweet, going through the mountains as the sun was setting. Gotta love a good road trip!

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BBQ at the base
Title pretty much says it all, we stayed at the base after work and had a BBQ in the hot sunny sun. Delishhhhh

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We were also able to go canoeing in the lake which was pretty sweet.

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Earlier on that week with no treks in the afternoon we went exploring down the valley and ended up swimming in the Creek.

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And how can I forget to mention the best lunch break in the sun with fat badgers pizza, a gorgeous view of the lake and of course annoying loud sea gulls.

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That’s about it for now but I am excited to see what the rest of the summer brings especially with Christmas around the corner! Eeeeeek!
Xxxxx

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