It has taken some time to decompress after the dual island road trip across NZ. With 4-5 internationals loaded into the Subaru, the trip was cosy as an overstuffed laundry hamper only much more animated. The 20+ hour trip included stops in scenic Kaikoura, Wellington – the raddest city in NZ, and the inevitable broken down vehicle in the middle of nowhere. This was remedied by a quick lift in the tow truck and a few cases of beer to wash down the setting sun in our new home, National Park, just outside of Mt Ruapehu on the North Island.
1,166 KM / 17 hours, 18 minutes – Google Maps
Harry G – The Interislander Ferry is always way more comfortable on top deck, rather than in the Flaming Coffin Gallows!
My camera had decided to stop working prior to the trip, so I was utilising my low mega-pixel Ipod Touch. Please close your eyes slightly to see through the lack of mega-pixel action. I had previously posted the first day’s video via The Daily Dump Snow Report, but for another ski angle check the videos on Snowtv.co.nz. I happen to prefer the Daily Dump videos, because they are posted daily, they include snowboarding, and the guys are rad…so have a look at the following for a view on the snowboard finals:
I laid down the winning run and came away with a fat pay check and a bunch of points for the World Freeride Qualifying Tour - stoked! After missing the event due to injury the past few years, I was really happy to get a result.
Following a big night out shutting down all the local bars Will J, Abby L, Jordan Decker, Ben Stewart and I took a stroll with Phil Ericson of NZSnowboarder Mag the following day to have a sniff around the volcanic crater. We were all pretty hungover, but managed to pull a few things together. We stayed around through the alpine glow and sunset, though you may have to wait until the next issue to see those shots. Here you will have to once again squint those eyes to see the full IPOD view!
Ben on the mission
Champagne + Cats = Nat S.
After shredding the best the North Island had to offer and drinking National Park under the table while dancing on tables with the rowdiest crew in NZ, it was time to leave before things got real messy. I split early to catch some good friends down in Wellington before hopping aboard the Subaru for the wayward journey home. The Daily Dump highlights the last day in National Park and another afternoon dragging heavy bags over many miles… It is always well rewarded though with good friends there upon arrival and the good times begin again!
Wellington sunrise from Jet and Michelle’s couch!