New Zealand (south island)
Whether it was earthquakes, black outs, deaths, avalanches, storms, closed days, waterfalls, sheep, wine, no internet, powder, worship evenings or even Kea’s (the Parrot!) New Zealand presented an amazing 4 months of my life.
Before i went to NZ i didn’t get my hopes or expectations up about anything I just wanted to go for my own perception and first hand view. With its long roads going into vast countryside or whether it was citylife with starbucks the south island had a lot. Everytime we turned a new corner I could help but say “wow” at the beauty and creation that God provided. Despite the amount of photos i snapped up none of them could define the creation of New Zealand.
When i arrived and got settled in it was time to go on the job hunt to Mt Hutt and after much consideration and thought I was offered a position in their Snowsports school which i was more that happy with. Just getting this position got my foot in the door and also meant i got to meet lots of amazing people too. After a few solid lessons i found my feet on the mountain and really enjoyed the lifestyle up there and the vibe people were giving off. Alot of my friends from work and I rode together everyday and just explored so much of the mountain, just challenging each other in everything we done.
Slightly later into the season i got offered a position on the Terrain Park Team aswell and this was definitely an amazing end to my season. The crew working there just helped me to develop so much in my own personal riding and also showed me the ropes for terrain park setup too. It was really great to hang with all those guys everyday and just have fun together.
As well as being on the mountain i did have a life off the mountain too lol. I found a great wee church in the centre of town which met my needs for the season. It was a shred/farmer church (completely different i know) that met every sunday night to share great cooked food together, heard the Word being read and a short talk afterward. We took Feed (church) to the mountain as well to ask people different questions just to get their minds ticking over and take their focus off snow for just 2 min and this then brought on some of the best conversations of the 4 months.
So while i was in NZ we had a 7.1 earthquake which was probably the scariest thing ive experienced, just not being in control of that sheer power. It was 4am and the earthquake hit and it woke us all up. At first i thought it was wind as we had been having a few storms earlier that week but then when i seen the whole house swaying i knew it was something more. Obviously cause im from a country where earthquakes exist once in a blue moon I had no idea what to do. So my roommate Andy told me to get in the door frames and wait. My heart was racing and then for the rest of the night we just lay in bed and experienced aftershock after aftershock. Right up to the day i left NZ there were tremors.
New Zealand definitely was a chapter of my life and I thank God for the people i met and the time I experienced while i was there.