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When You’re Not Wine Tasting: Run the Vineyards

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.

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If you find yourself in Marlborough, the famous wine region of New Zealand, there’s no better place to stay than on a working vineyard. You’re literally in the thick of it all and most likely a short walk or cycle away from more wine tastings you can make in one day (we tried). Besides sampling as much local wine as you can (we also tried), what better way to celebrate and embrace the endless rows of vines just outside your window than to actually run through them!

Highlights

  • Disclaimer: Be sure to check with the owners of the vineyard you plan to run through to ensure this odd activity is permitted.
  • This is quite a tough workout on the legs thanks to the overgrown grass you may encounter. Consider this a chance to work on your high kicking skills.
  • If you end up high kicking it, your quadriceps and calves will feel it tomorrow!
  • Bonus: Outdoor yoga right after your run! Perfect spot? Your private deck overlooking the endless rows of grapes.

Products we love: Injinji, Vibram FiveFingers, lululemon athletica, GoPro

Where to stay: Korohi Vineyards

Korohi Vineyard

Welcome!

Welcome!

Your private patio for yoga

Your private patio for yoga

Korohi Vineyards

Korohi Vineyard's De-Vine Room Rental

Korohi Vineyard’s De-Vine Room Rental

 

 

Conquering Mount Iron

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.

Mount Iron

Why do we Wanaka?

The South Island of New Zealand is known for its outdoor adventures, adrenaline rushes, and rugged horizons. Wanaka is no exception with its snow-capped mountains hugging the clear waters of the fourth largest lake in New Zealand.

Do as the Locals Do

We are firm believers of pursuing a local’s recommendation. It takes you into unknown territory (and possible down a dodgy alley?), into what might become an authentic experience full of the local flavor. We often create the best memories when we least expect it. And this is one of them.

* How long does it take to run to the top? Let’s say about 20 minutes! And yes, you’re running UP hill.

* Want to get the best view in the house? Head out early and watch the sunrise at the top!

* Distance: 4.5k.

* Located at the edge of town. For map and Wanaka details click here.

Products to rock: Injinji, Vibram FiveFingers, GoPro, lululemon athletica.

Three Hikes Along the Haast Pass Highway

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.

How many places in the world can you drive along the highway and come across a seemingly endless supply of trails? Along New Zealand’s Haast Pass Highway, green and yellow trail signs pop out of the side of the road, leaving you just enough time to pull over to see what you might be missing. Check out three of the many hikes you can find along the Haast Pass Highway!

Monro Beach Walk

* Get the blood flowing with a morning trail run here. Run (more like a light jog, let’s be honest) : 25 minutes one way. 7 kilometers total.

* Spot the Fiordland Penguins here. Best at dawn and dusk. Be sure not to stand on the beach in the penguin’s path as they make their way onto land, otherwise they won’t come in!

Roaring Billy Falls

* Sounds like this should be the name of an ol’ Western film. This is a quick 15 minute walk to a vast expanse of the Haast River and large falls.

* Bring your picnic here and plop down on the millions of pebble rocks hugging the edge of the river.

Blue Pools

* This spot is gorgeous and everyone knows it. The pools at the end of this 15 minute walk are a vibrant and unique sight. Despite the chilly water, this is definitely a hot spot for visitors.

* The pools create an intense shade of blue from the sunlight reflecting off the icy water. This would be a stellar spot for a fun swim…except for the fact that it’s freezing in there. Who’s up for a polar swim?

Products we got sweaty in (and loved every bit of it):

*Injinji socks: No blisters! (type: Performance lightweight no-show and Performance lightweight mini-crew)

*GoPro: How can we not document this awesome exploration? (type: Hero2)

*Vibram shoes: Connect with the earth. (type: KSO Treksport, Spyridon)

*CamelBak: Water. You gotta love it.

*RawRev: Raw nutritional bars. Yum!

*COOLA: Organic suncare that is good for you and the earth? Can’t go wrong with that. (type: Sunscreen Spray SPF 35 Sport, Unscented Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30)

Exploring Jackson Bay

Jackson BayAYT 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!

Highlights

* 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).

Hinano TahitiProducts 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.