Monday, August 18, 2008
The Great Snow Show
Growing up in the Waikato, well away from New Zealand’s coldest zones, I always had a fascination with snow. I still get wildly excited by a snow-covered landscape so I was delighted to receive a bundle of wonderful images from the central North Island today. They’ve been having bumper snow falls at Whakapapa Village and this is great news for anyone who hasn’t been skiing in the area for a few years. The 1996 Mt Ruapehu eruption closed both the Whakapapa and Turoa Ski fields and mild winters in the years since haven’t helped things. But after today’s record snow falls it’s definitely time to dust off the skis and if you’re looking for the perfect retreat, there’s something forever magical about the handsome architecture of Bayview Chateau Tonagriro. Built in 1929 this grand beauty has a New Zealand Historic Places Trust Category 1 listing and it’s just the place to unwind after a day on the mountains.