Central Otago this Autumn. I’m making some big statements here in this piece. Are you ready?
- I’m talking about Autumn. That means Summer may be heading off around it’s little corner for a bit.
- I’m thinking of getting a ski pass.
- Now pick yourself up off the floor and keep reading
Central Otago (and Queenstown of course) is ABUNDANT with colour in Autumn. There’s warm days still and cooler nights (thankfully I’m over the ‘sheet on sheet off’ scenario). There’s so much to enjoy still about the days. Cycling, running, ice-cream, getting your wood pile ready for the cold days and nights.
Also everyone I’ve spoken to in the last couple of weeks is bonkers busy already. Not speeding up a little after Christmas but bonkers. So I thought I’d calm it all down for a wee while and let you soak up some of the gorgeous things to enjoy this Autumn. Peace and quiet. Check. Abundance of colour. Check. Lots of ice-cream. You bet your life batman.
Hike some trails. There’s nothing better than the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet and still wearing a t-shirt outside. Sweating up a storm in the hills and the nights are just that hint of cool. Throw off the sheet and start to think about pulling your Winter duvet out of the garage. It’s coming, just not yet.
Central Otago is still an undiscovered haven for the photographer. The roads are still quiet and there’s so much to see from Cromwell Old Town to the harsher drier landscapes of Ranfurly and Naseby. A cyclists dream to get out of the craziness of Queenstown for the weekend and head out into the secluded spot of Teviot Valley.
Driving through the back lanes of Central Otago you’d be forgiven to wonder what’s out there but in all it’s secluded glory you can still find the best coffee and cake and not see a soul for miles. Alexandra, Clyde, Middlemarch. The whole area is also surrounded by the Rail Trail. Cycling and places to stay along the way? Yes please. Especially in the Autumn days when it’s not too hot but there’s still some heat in the air.
Wedderburn shed is also fast becoming a snappers dream. Bright green and seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Get in your car before the icy roads are upon us and we hunker down for the cold season. Central Otago is where you’ll find me cycling, eating ice-cream, camera in hand. And yes, all at the same time.