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Me getting a face full of silky Nozawa Onsen pow! I was VERY lucky to be invited on a 3 week trip to Nagano, Japan in January 2012 by my good friend and super talented photographer Camilla Stoddart. She had been commissioned by the Nagano Tourism Council to collect footage across the 4 ski resorts of Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Myoko to be used for advertising and promotion primarily to the Australian and English market. Lucky for me I was picked out of the bunch to be a

The first in a series of 4 blog posts from Japan for Ski Club Great Britain Stepping off the plane in Tokyo after a comfortable 10 hour skip north from NZ is like shutting your eyes on earth and opening them again only to see Mars. Our mixed group of Japan veterans and virgins left a balmy dry kiwi summer to embark on a shared adventure for what we were sure was to be everything but what we expected. That was a very good assumption to start with. Ninja Bar

The powder adventure continues in Shiga Kogen After three days of exploring Hakuba, our crew were feeling acclimatized to the immense and fascinating Japanese culture and ready to venture further into the wintry reaches of Nagano. A bus and train transfer got us to Yamanouchi town which sits in a wide river valley 30 minutes from Nagano and at the base of the mountain that played host to our next ski destination, Shiga Kogen. With only a portion of our day used for travel we decided to take advantage of the clear

The adventure continues… and hits the powder jackpot in Nozawa Onsen Nozawa Onsen may just be the complete combo of charming Japanese culture and brilliant snow that an overseas ski trip is all about! After visiting Hakuba and Shiga Kogen which are surrounded by relatively sprawling urban areas, Nozawa in contrast is a compact and beautiful hillside township dotted with big old trees, bath houses, street side shopping and accommodation. The silky thermal water of the area is central to not only the local way of life but has been attracting visitors for centuries. Streets

The end of the line for an epic ‘Japanuary’ adventure… I think Mother Nature took a keen interest in our winter tour of Nagano, because she decided to treat us on our arrival in Myoko. She decided to treat us REAL good. The Myoko area, on average, receives 13 metres of snow a year. That’s kind of up there as one of the snowiest places on the planet! Who knew?! Well we definitely didn’t and that is why the 3.5-plus metres of snow that fell over the three days of

Apologies for the radio silence everyone. I just dashed off for a 4 day sales trip around the lower South Island for work and between laziness on Sunday night and lack of internet on Monday night I have’nt done much blogging! So if you have a second this morning, nip of to the SH Facebook page and check out the album of shots I snapped from my car as I skipped over the Southern Alps to visit the West Coast, then back again to get home. Hope it conveys what

I thought I would just share a couple of pics with you from our magical Saturday afternoon. It just so happened to be my dear friend Andy’s birthday and mother nature declared a crystal clear winters day in celebration. We clambered aboard the sturdy “Hannah Mary” and proceeded at a graceful “chug” around Lake Wanaka. Some celebratory bubbles were broken open and we sucked up the crisp snowy mountain air. Living in a small lakeside town sure has its benefits.

No kidding…you should. Originally an attraction for it’s gold mining potential, the rugged dry environment surrounding Clyde is now home to stone fruit orchards and vineyards. In the last few years some forward thinking locals have begun to restore and develop the old central stores, creating a beautiful little historical precinct. A lovely place for lunch and an afternoon wander I would also recommend checking out the beautiful little renovated B&B’s.

Here is a run down of just some of the stops I made in Auckland last weekend.  Having spent so little time up there since I moved south 6 years ago I saw the city through new interested eyes and woah….there has been some awesomeness taking place! The waterfront areas closest to the city have come alive with bars, restaurants, shops and public areas that seem to be thriving. Exciting interior fit outs, divine food and clever use of old forgotten spaces. I was buzzing! A lazy Saturday morning visit

I have skipped through Brisbane and now I’m in Sydney for (day job) work but Melbourne is lingering in my mind. Below is a short, sharp pictorial tracking of some of my adventures. Links from above for your info! Brooklyn Arts Hotel Arcadia Cafe Third Drawer Down Spacecraft Mark Tuckey Home Gorman Pollon Chin Chin Riverland

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