Something for Everyone

The recent volcanic lahar at Mount Ruapehu has done nothing to put off eager skiers, from NZ or overseas. As a news.com.au article points out, visitors continued to ski and snowboard both during and immediately after the volcanic eruptions of 1995 and 1996, and are expected to do the same this year. “Why wouldn’t you seize the chance to ski on a volcano while it was erupting?” asked former ski instructor, Maree Surrey. “At least you would die doing something you loved.” The article goes on to praise the advanced safety warning systems on the mountain, as well as its beautiful and varied terrain. A second piece explores the southern ski fields, from the impressive Mount Hutt to the lesser-known Ohau and Roundhill fields.


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On a Road Trip about the North Island

On a Road Trip about the North Island

A journalist for Canada’s Calgary Herald spent several weeks traipsing across New Zealand. In the first of two stories about the country, Will Ferguson details what he found on the North…