What does Andre the Guide get upto in the winter in the south island of NZ ? Fair question. Tourism is definitely seasonal although with the increasing numbers the busy season is extending and some savy travellers are coming in the shoulder seasons ( sep-nov, apl-may). However thats a great topic for another day!
So back to winter and whilst I still guide day trips in and around chch for a favourite tour company of mine for the months of June to October I help a good friend of mine out who owns Snowmanshuttles .
Nice and simple its a daily transport service from Christchurch to Mt Hutt return. About a two hour drive one way with a decent thirteen km access road. When Mt Hutts infamous access road is in winter conditions is extremley challenging to say the least. Today though as I sit here and write this from Hubbers cafe upstairs in the daylodge we are in full spring conditions. The road is dry and dusty and hardly even any ice or snow up the top and certainly no requirement for the dreaded chains !
Now enough about the road and more about the important aspect – the snow ! Well to be fair it hasn t really been as good as last season but thats the way it goes. It has still be reasonable though and definatley been enough fun in the sun to keep me happy.
The work for Snowman Shuttles definatley comes under the catergory of a ‘lifestyle job’ but hey getting paid to spend three to four days a week up a mountain in the southern alps with the terrible option of skiing or snowboarding or five hours is ok with me ! Also too getting to meet and chat with the folk who use the snowman service is a bonus too because I love people!
So thats what Andre the Guide does for the majority of winter. Speaking of which time to head up the chairlift and have another slide before this spring sunshine melts all the snow !