The Good South – South Island Itineraries
The Good South
Recently launched as an independent colloborative project by Tim Brewster and his digital marketing partner, Optymise, The Good South is a locally created, authentic guide to New Zealand’s lower South Island.
Aimed at independent travellers seeking an alternative to the commercial tourist trail, The Good South points out areas of natural beauty, interesting byways and, via The Great Scone Trail, good baking, coffee and tea to sustain you on your journey.
Roaming the oceans for the past two decades as an internationally acclaimed underwater cameraman and wildlife filmmaker has been a dream career for Andrew Penniket. To counterbalance his often hectic filming schedules, he also manages Te Kakano, a community-funded native nursery in Wanaka, and tends the small family vineyard he and his wife Sue have planted around their house, producing Minaret Peaks pinot noir. But between projects…..more
Consider it the slow-cooking movement of winter sport. Glide down the snow into a deserted alpine basin, bake for a while in the sun with the mountains surrounding you, engage in some idle chat, then stir to your feet for a slow trek up to a new vantage point and another descent on untracked slopes… more
Bridal parties say their photo shoot on a remote alpine peak was the highlight of the day. Globetrotting travellers are floored by the scenery. But Aspiring Helicopters’ most grateful passenger must be the guy plucked off a narrow rock ledge overhanging a 600m drop in Mount Aspiring National Park.The climber had lost his footing and gone for the slide of his life before clinging to the last available rock long enough for Charlie Ewing – pilot and local farmer – to manoeuvre his helicopter close enough….more
We tell them not to play on the road and we keep them away from sharp objects. Then, on a freezing winter’s day we take them to the top of a snow-covered mountain and release them. To an outsider, it looks like madness. For ski families, it’s the best part of the year. The rush of the downhill ride is an experience children never forget. The sense of achievement from getting down that frst black run or landing a jump ….more
From the tropical jungles of Borneo to the near-vertical drops found at big-mountain skiing and snowboarding venues around the world, it’s been a life of extremes for 23-year-old twins Janina and Maria Kuzma. Raised in remote parts of Papua New Guinea and Borneo, where their father worked as a mining engineer, their passion for the snow was sparked when they were taken to the Canadian Rockies at the age of fve on the frst of many annual winter holidays…..more