AYT Note: This blog is a part of the Sweaty New Zealand Challenge Series: 15 days & 15 ways to sweat. The purpose of an Athlete. Yogi. Traveler. Adventure is to take ourselves off the beaten path and into new territory. New places, new people, new scenery, new ways to sweat. Game on.
Confession: Our original reason for visiting Jackson Bay was to try The Cray Pot’s famous fish n’ chips. There’s really no way of trying to make this sound healthy.
Surprise: This bay is a sleepy one, as there’s only a few homes, a broken down pier, a public toilet, and the infamous Cray Pot. Yet this is truly a unique spot that takes you back in time. Plus there’s a few walking paths to choose from to explore the area!
* Visit the Cray Pot, open 12pm – 5pm. $18 fish n’ chips (blue cod) and $2 to add an egg. The seafood chowder is delicious!
* Work off your fish n’ chips by taking a 40 minute return trek along the Wharekai Te Kau walk to the Ocean Beach. This takes you along a wooden path through a forgotten forest and opens up to the Tasman Sea.
* To get to Jackson Bay from Queenstown, you get to drive through Mt. Aspiring National Park, a gorgeous area full of hikes, waterfalls, and pebbled river beds.
* The exploration is topped off with a great outdoor yoga session at the inviting Collyer’s House B & B, located in Haast (north of Jackson Bay).
Products we tested/loved/got sweaty with:
*GoPro: Exploration complete! (Hero2)
*CamelBak: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. (Big Chill with the jet valve)
*lululemon athletica: Moisture wicking and anti-stink. Enough said.
*Vibram FiveFingers: Connect with the earth. (SeeYa)
* Injinji: Say not to toe blisters! (no show)
* Hinano Tahiti: A sunny day calls for some good quality shading devices.