Fiords and rainforest

In my first off piste run in New Zealand my snowboard broke because I hit a stone. But I’m a lucky boy, a few days later the distributor of Nitro New Zealand came to Round Hill, the ski area where I was and he organised a new Nitro board for me:)

After the hike next to Mt Cook we drove back to Lake Tekapo for an amazing 80s party. I looked terrible (good), and some looked even better.
Two days later we visited a friend, Stef Zeestraten in Wanaka and continued to the wild South West, the biggest national park of NZ; the rain-forest in the Fiords. We stayed for some days for hiking. Most of the time it was cloudy and lots of rain, but very impressive. Big waterfalls, one over 260 meters, huge threes and birdsI never saw before. The one moment the sun came out for one hour we where standing on the key summit mountain and got a 360 degrees panorama view. Clouds passing by with huge speed. Steep white mountains came out over the green rain-forest.

Now we are working at Last Light Lodge, Restaurant & accommodation. We are creating a garden in exchange for a bed and food. It is a great place with nice and interesting people and it is good to work again. Yesterday night I recorded the cook, he is also a great musician.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAweb a2 boom 1web a3 druppel 2web a5 stones 2web a6 zonlicht 1web DSCN7070

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About Irian van Helfteren

Professional freerider, Sport teacher, Staatlicher Snowboardlehrer, Snowboardführer (sn guide) and Photographer.
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