Author: Tim Brewster

Te Anau and Manapouri

Te Anau – Manapouri – Gateway to Fiordland Top activities: Glow worm caves Milford and Doubtful Sound Native Birds at the Wild Life Centre   On the shores of the lakes that give them their name, these townships are the ideal base for excursions into the sounds. You’ll have a huge range of choices for exploring the numerous walking tracks and waterways.  Bordering Fiordland National Park, the dense native forest and bush on the sharply rising hillsides across the lake provides a dramatic background. The road to the south coast is highly recommended for those wanting to get off...

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South Island Honey In Demand

South Island Honey The sweet taste of honey has made it a treat for over 8000 years – but now there’s more. Growing awareness of its health benefits and the appeal of its natural origins has meant South Island honey producers are riding a wave of unprecedented overseas demand. Taylor Pass Honey, one of the south’s largest producers, has doubled production over the past two years and the remote wilderness areas they source their honey from has been a compelling selling point for overseas markets, marketing manager Jo Bray says. “The provenance story of our products is a key...

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Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing

Glowing Sky – New Zealand Merino Clothing Wool is finally on the comeback trail. Coveted as a cloth for luxurious garments, resilient enough for harsh outdoor environments, the finest stuff is still found on the back of merino sheep up in the South Island’s high country. Aficionado’s of merino wool have always known its natural attributes outperformed synthetics. Now sustainability and ethical provenance are also key influencers in customer choices and the wool of kings is enjoying a valuable advantage over its traditional rivals. Deep down south, those qualities were never in question when Glowing Sky’s New Zealand merino...

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Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18

Ski Test Volkl Racetiger GS Pro R18 Level: Expert and recreational racing. Ideal for hard snow and carving longer turns. Tester: Edoardo Brignone, Italy Images: Rory Edwards Edoardo skied on the Volkl Racetiger GS Pro for a month at Cardrona Alpine Resort with a mixture of race coaching, running gates and freeskiing. A former FIS racer and fully qualified Maestro di Sci with Eurotest, race and telemark qualifications, Edoardo rated the ski for its versatility and stability: “The ease in handling this ski makes them fun both at high and low speeds. The Racetiger gives you security even on the hardest...

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Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore

Volkl Deacon Ski Test NZ – Garett Shore New Zealand’s unique snow conditions were the final test track for two recently developed high-performance ski models, the Volkl Deacon and Mantra 5. German ski company Volkl (Voelkl in German) released the Deacon and Mantra 5 for the northern hemisphere winter following a final on-snow testing session at Mt Hutt ski area in September of last year. Since being released, the two models have been in huge demand.  In New Zealand, Volkl importer Geoff Mckeown of Gravity Sports says he was already taking orders for an extra shipment “before the lifts...

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