Archery at 'Have a Shot' Wanaka
If you don’t feel like heading into the hills, or sticking your snout in a latte in town, there are lots of activities around Wanaka worth investigating. Geoff and I discovered that thanks to some inspired entrepreneurs there is way more to Wanaka than stunning scenery.

We started our day at Have a Shot. I wanted to show off my archery instructing skills and Geoff felt like going a little aristocratic with the clay pigeon shooting. Pride comes before a fall I guess, because after minimal training Geoff outshot me, and he was a dab hand at deconstructing clay pigeons!

Matai Falls: The Catlins
Most visitors to the Catlins explore the rugged coastline with its rocky outcrops, caves, lighthouses and wild critters. On our second day in this forgotten corner of New Zealand, Geoff and I decided to turn away from salty flavoured activities and head inland to hunt for waterfalls.  Technically, there are over 70 waterfalls along the Catlins coast and we decided to visit the big three:  Purakaunui Falls, Matai Falls and McLean Falls. 

Greenstone River - Glenorchy NZ
The weekend family trip to the new Greenstone hut reminded me that tramping is not always about scaling peaks or stomping long tracks. Sometimes, moving at a slower pace, seeing the ‘wanderlust’ on ‘newbies’ faces and hanging out with some ‘younguns’ can be an experience in itself.

Jill and Ray were our ‘Camp Mum and Dad’ for the weekend and somehow they kept all 17 trampers relatively organised. Having taken the van to the trailhead on Friday night and pitched our tents, on Saturday morning we walked along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and headed inland towards Lake Rere.