MARCH Feature

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Backcountry Couple’s Retreat

with a difference

It may not be everybody’s ideal couple retreat but for long-time local outdoor enthusiasts Ken and Susan McIntyre tramping the length of New Zealand along the fabulous Te Araroa Trail has been a wonderful bonding exercise.

Last year was their first as a couple without any of their three sons living at home, so in September they set off boldly from Cape Reinga to conquer the much-heralded 3000km Te Araroa Trail the length of the country to Bluff. Both highly-respected local teachers, they took the last term off school and made it as planned to Stag Saddle near Tekapo in time to head home and restart school. They plan to finish the Tekapo to Queenstown section in the April school holidays and the final leg to Bluff this Christmas.

Handpicked

This Month

MUST

Do

QT-Events
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Entertainment
MARCH READING | WITH QLDC LIBRARIES
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MUST

Explore

Nevis Valley Tracks

This month’s Must Explore is slightly different from our usual: Yes, there are hiking trails but driving to and from the trail head is just as rewarding as the hike itself.

The Nevis road is accessible from both ends – Bannockburn and Garston, but if you have a 4WD that can deal with the odd ford, I would highly recommend driving from Garston.


with Shaun Vining

Well, we have entered the tween and teen combo in our house and I can’t say I like it too much. I either don’t know what they are saying because they’re mumbling, or I don’t know what they are saying because it’s a language I don’t understand. The word ‘yeet’ has been thrown around far too many times. As this is a new stage in parenting for us, and I’ve been out of the teaching ‘game’ for four years now, I’m not firing on all cylinders when it comes to knowing what I’m doing. However, I do have some advice for those who are in the same boat.

MARCH

Weather

MARCH AVERAGES

13.9°C

184.3 hours

71.6mm

3.2 days


RECORDS


Highest
Temperature

29.7°C

(2019)

Heaviest
Frost

-7.1°C

(1956)

Lowest
Temperature

0°C

(1950)

Highest
Rainfall

275.8mm

(1949)

Highest
Sunshine

230.7 Hours

(1977)

Lowest
Rainfall

7.1mm

(1947)