I often think that Winter is the best time to see the West Coast. Obviously it is a little bit cooler than it is in Summer but the other advantages more than make up for the need to wear a thermal layer (or two!). Here are my top reasons why:
The air is crisp and clear so the views are superb. There is nothing better than turning a corner in the road to see the green bush, snowy mountains and clear blue sky all laid out in front of you. The view is even better if you are out in the open air.
The odd rainy day makes for lots of temporary streams in the bush. The birdsong rises above the gurgling and tinkling of the water as it makes it's way down hill. Rain drops on tree ferns are an iconic image of New Zealand, on the west coast you can see them everyday!
A bowl of hot soup or a mug of hot chocolate and a warm fire - need I say more?
Storms come more frequently in Winter with heavy rain, thunder and lightening. Since I love a good electrical storm I get excited when I see the little lightening bolts on the weather forecast. In between the storms are long periods of settled weather to encourage you outside. The clouds and the light change as the weather changes so there is no chance to get bored.
Winter is also the time to plan for the next busy season, and catch up on jobs that got left over summer. We also have some very serious rugby coming up - the Woodham Shield is played for by the 4 towns in South Westland and win or lose, it is highly competitive with both the players and the supporters aiming to out do each other. Definitely a good time to be on the West Coast!
In early 2012 Penny & Nairn moved from central Wellington to South Westland. Welcome to the record of their adventures.