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STAY IN THE GUY HUT LONGER ITINERARY ACC MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES Marmot Women's Ski Camp March 20 – 25, 2017 $1550 Bow Yoho Traverse March 26 – April 2 & April 7 – 14 $1695 Fairy Meadow Powder April 1 – 8, 2017 $2495 STAY IN COMFORT Photo: Mark Masterson Photo: Lawrence White What's your pleasure? www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/adventures adventures@alpineclubofcanada.ca open tussocks that switch back and forth. A couple of park rangers were working on the trail. One greets me with a traditional Maori greeting, "Kia ora". A puzzled look on my face shows I don't understand. Ah, he means hello. I smile. A quick check on the time and we decide we'd better speed up to catch our bus transport back. In the last half hour on a relatively flat trail through groves of trees and waterfalls we decide to take it to a running pace. We pass the school group again and hear them tell the kids "runner coming through, step right". Apparently we aren't the only ones sprinting through the woods. We arrive well before pick‑up time at the Ketetahi car park. Our adventures also took us to the rainforests of Fijordlands. With 200 days of rainfall through the year, Milford Sound is the wettest place on Earth. at didn't really matter since we were to enjoy the majestic Milford Sound by sea kayak. Located in southwest part of the South Island, Milford sits within Fiordland National Park, part of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. Yes, it was raining, but to experience the grandeur of the ancient rainforest clinging to the cliffs and the cascading waterfalls so close you could almost touch them, was magical. ere is so much to see and do that we barely scratched the surface. e famous glow worms at Charleston on South Island that blanket the cave ceil‑ ings so that it seems as if you are looking at the night sky are unbelievable. e day spent canyoning, abseiling, cliff jumping and zip‑lining in Abel Tasman National Park felt like a pool party. Even the mundane quiet moments were just as pic‑ turesque. Woolly sheep in the green fields, the awesome coffee everywhere we went and food so exquisite even if it was from a food truck. We may have checked New Zealand from the bucket list but by no means is it checked off from future trips. ere's a friendly and pleasant lifestyle that fits in with us outdoorsy types. And a bit of sanity where not everything is open all hours. People have a life and things to do. Maybe they too are tramping around. Susanna Oreskovic and Walter Tom are members of the ACC's Montreal Section. Emerald Lakes are just that as seen from the highest point on a ridge on the Tongariro Crossing hike. photo: susanna oreskoVic

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