Friday, 24 August 2012

Mount Hutt and lake Coleridge

My hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I said a day out. He said:"tell me where you want to go". I said: " I never went to lake Coleridge. let's explore that." We decided to go to Rakaia, drive to Metven and from there back through Rakaia Gorge and to Lake Coleridge. We passed Mt Hut and hubby said:"why don't we drive up there." We went up 14km of gravel road and on the top it was stunning. Bonus: After weeks and weeks of rain we had an amazing sunny day.

View from Mt Hutt

Mount Hutt Ski field is the largest in canterbury Do you see that little kid. He came racing down.

Lot's of skies. Non for us. I've got two left feet. 

I liked these poles. They hold back the snow I guess

So loved the views

Rakaia river

pretty pretty pretty 

Rakaia Gorge

Rakaia Gorge The water was sparkling

We drove 40 km up and down along the wrong gravel road to find lake Coleridge, but we came along nice spots

Yippee we found it in the end; Lake Coleridge. The love of my life threw rocks of relieve.


  1. Fabulous, stunning and refreshing. How lucky you are to have the love of your life giving you such a gift - and to have such a beautiful day as well.
    Happy birthday Marja. I'm having mine tomorrow. It's so nice to have a birthday when spring is on its way.

  2. Van harte gefeliciteerd, Marja!
    Prachtige trip hebben jullie gemaakt, Nieuw Zeeland is zo indrukwekkend.
    Om sneeuw en skiën te zien is voor ons natuurlijk nu vreemd omdat de mussen van het dak vallen.
    Maak er een mooi nieuw jaar van!

  3. I've said it a hundred times, New Zealand has to be a part of Heaven.

  4. Hi Marja .. Happy Birthday - and it sounds like you had a glorious day ... just exploring and finding glorious views - the photos are just stunning - wonderful to see.

    As Juliet says .. Spring for you is on its way .. enjoy your Springing year .. cheers Hilary

  5. Dat is een mooie tocht met al de sneeuw in de bergen. Wil er nog niet aan denken dat wij dat ook weer krijgen. Prachtige natuur heeft NZ.

  6. Gosh, those are some great shots! The snow is so crisp and the water looks wonderful!

  7. Happy belated birthday,Marja! What a beautiful day you had! Gefeliciteerd! Groetjes, Wil.

  8. Oh what a great birthday you had Marja.
    I love exploring, getting lost and discovering unexpected locations.
    Love your photos my friend.
    As always big heart hugs
    Peggy ♥♥♥

  9. wooow, I didn't see this part of New Zealand. so that's also my wish for next year, when I come to New Zealand again, to go there! looks great. beautifull pictures!

  10. I have seen a lot of NZ but never this area. The scenery is breathtaking and the photos super. Happy belated Birthday.

  11. What a joy to be asked what would you like to do from a caring husband that took you on this fabulous trip. I rarely associate New Zealand with snow but I can see you get some of that, too. The wintry white certainly does made for beautiful pictures. What fun (and a little disconcerting) to get lost only to discover more beautiful scenery along the way. Happy belated birthday, Marja! Looks like both you and your husband are still very much kids at heart. :)

  12. Happy B-Day Marja..een beetje te laat maar ik zie nu pas dat je op dezelfde dag jarig bent als ik...Er is een nieuw jaar voor ons begonnen..we gaan er van genieten!!

  13. Fantastic and stunning photos,Marja!What a great place on the earth!The nature looks so beautiful!


  14. natural beautiful and so stunning beauty


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