The Gift of Time

We now have three weeks left in the season here at Raetihi Lodge, and things are starting to slow down. Things have been getting so slow, that we were asked to take some unpaid time off work to help counter all the expenses for staffing here.

It gave us some time to see some places around the South Island that I really wanted to see, but we didn’t have the time to do so before.┬áIt was like we were granted the gift of time!

Our first stop – St. Arnaud. We basically chose this as a place to sleep, and that was it. We didn’t want to have a long drive to our second destination, Hanmer Springs, so we stopped to pitch a tent here. All I knew was that we would be near a lake which was shaped like a shitty heart.

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Lake Rotoiti (Roto-iti) turned out to be spectacular. We arrived and saw this:


Pretty dope right? It only got better…


We were in West Bay, where we found some ducks to feed. We heard there were eels also, and they came out to feed from under the jetty when the ducks came around. Don’t worry, they don’t eat ducky. The just bite the ducks when the ducks take their food.

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“Ducks in a row and eels below!”

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