THE JOY OF A WIN­TER’S TALE

Adventure - - News - -- Steve Dickinson EDI­TOR Ad­ven­ture is proudly pow­ered by Ssangyong Please feel free to send any sub­mis­sions to steve@paci­fic­me­dia.co.nz

For never-rest­ing time leads sum­mer on

To hideous win­ter and con­founds him there;

Sap cheque’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,

Beauty o’er­snow’d and bare­ness ev­ery where

Shake­speare’s Son­net 5

It is -6 in Tu­rangi to­day, trees start no lose their leaves, days are shorter, wind is colder, ev­ery­one is wear­ing beanies, frost cov­ers cars and ground alike and the air is chilled. Win­ter is here in all its icy glory, but rather than the end of sum­mer and all the fun that goes with sum­mer’s warmth, win­ter should be seen as a dis­cour­te­ous Un­cle who ar­rives un­in­vited but who ar­rives with arms full of gifts; the wa­ter cools, the rain turns to snow, the lakes start to freeze. Many out­door par­tic­i­pants hi­ber­nate but some flour­ish, those that re­act pos­i­tively to the cool of win­ter can en­joy these win­ter months just as much as sum­mer – if not more.

This time ev­ery year we en­cour­age read­ers to em­brace win­ter – not just rugby and net­ball but to get on the moun­tain and ski, snow­board, snow­shoe, to­bog­gan - even tramp­ing in the snow has a whole new feel to it. Ev­ery year we get a let­ter or two from those who have thrown off the man­tle of ‘here’s win­ter so I won’t do any­thing’ but who have taken the chilly leap of faith and em­braced a cold ac­tiv­ity and loved it. If you are not a win­ter lover - just choose one weekend when the weather is look­ing good, sunny - not too much wind - and get up the moun­tain early. There is noth­ing more ex­cit­ing than those fresh clean clear morn­ings, you’ll be hooked.

In this is­sue of Ad­ven­ture we give you a full run down on the cen­tral North Is­land - Mt Ruapehu, Na­tional Park and Taupo. We are blessed that in the mid­dle of our is­land, just ran­domly, there is a vol­cano high enough to have snow on it and steep enough to be chal­leng­ing, it so eas­ily could have just been a flat plain. The ac­com­mo­da­tion, the nightlife and ac­tiv­i­ties that have grown up around the base of the ski area has made it very sim­ple for any­one in the North Is­land to ac­cess the snow. So of­ten we are dragged south or off shore but as we have shown in this is­sue - Ruapehu has a lot to of­fer. You will also see in this is­sue we have con­tin­ued to ex­pand the events as­pect of the mag­a­zine – it has proven to be re­ally pop­u­lar – all those that sent in the sur­vey from the last is­sue thinks that feed­back is vi­tal.

En­joy ev­ery mo­ment that win­ter of­fers and feel free to tell us about your chilly ad­ven­ture - put it on our Face­book page – key word ‘Ad­ven­ture mag­a­zine’.

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