Posts tagged: fauna & flora

Guided trekking excursions in New Zealand

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By , February 13, 2013 12:40 pm

One of the finest half day guided trekking excursions on the South Island is only 20 minutes driving from the little alpine town of Wanaka. Cruise along the lake up into the Matukituki valley until you reach the car park of Rocky Mountain and Diamond Lake conservation area. While on this walk, get to know some native fauna and flora, learn about edible plants and berries and which ones to avoid!

guided hike from Wanaka

stunning views over lake Wanaka/Matukituki river


guided trekking from Wanaka

walking up through native bush

guided hiking Wanaka

looking back towards Wanaka

Matukituki valley guided excursions

Part of the Southern Alps, Mt Aspiring far right

guided trekking excursion

enjoying a moment on the summit, 775 m

introduction to NZ fauna & flora

learn about NZ fauna & flora, here edible coprosma berries






Iris on personal Trekking, hiking, walking mission

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By , January 16, 2012 1:31 pm

This morning Iris headed   off with one other friend to do some personal trekking in the Greenstone/Caples/Steeple creek area.  The weather is perfect for 3 days, which is how long they expect to be out there.

Guided trekking , hiking or walks with Iris is the perfect way to enjoy time whilist staying in the Wanaka area. When Iris gets back from this personal trek, she’ll catch her breath as she has a person arriving for some guided trekking over a couple of days.

You can look forward to some photos of flora, fauna and classic Southern Alps landscapes in a few days.

trekking guide Iris

Come and enjoy the wealth of local knowledge trekking guide Iris knows

Spring flowering in Wanaka – what you’d see right now.

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By , November 28, 2011 8:18 pm
Manuka annd Kanuka, tre tea

Manuka, one of the fine smelling native plants of NZ

Native plants along lake Wanaka shores

The purple Bladderwort is found along the lake edge in Wanaka

Wild Irishman or Matagouri

Native plant of NZ, Matagouri or Wild Irishman

Come on a guided trekking trip, hiking or guided walk  with us and you can see right now :

Panakenake and orchid flowers are appearing, ground covering daisies and the amazing vegetable sheep; dark, like wine colored pittosporum flowers have come and gone, also the fragrant Matagari or Wild Irishmen with the amazing thorns shows flowering buds.

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Fauna and Flora

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By , July 24, 2011 12:12 am
Alpine flowers

Rhododendron Ferrugineum, Alpenrose, laurier des Alpes ou rosage

botanical alpine garden

Les Tours d'Aï in Leysin, not just good rock climbing

Veronica in the Swiss Alps

while hiking in the Swiss Alps, blue veronicas brighten up the tracks

Alpinism in Europe after mountaineering in New Zealand

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By , July 8, 2011 7:47 pm
Alpine Flora at its best

Rhododendron flowering amongst beautiful lime stone formations

Rock climbing in Switzerland

Guy and Iris climbing lime stone slabs near Diablerets

Alpine flowers in Switzerland

Trolls and buttercups, left Trollieus europaeus, right a Ranunculus buttercup

While Gary is on ice and snow higher up, Iris is roaming the local hills, rock climbing, mountain biking, sticking her nose into flowers and having a good time on via ferratas:

Alpinism adventures

Via Ferrata at Plan Praz, Leysin

Via Ferrata Leysin

Zoe and Guy, training session between the rain

Alpinism training

Guy and Zoe, finishing off the via ferrata in Leysin

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