A Snowboarder’s Journey: Hippie Travels with Irian van Helfteren -Greetings from the South

After the hike next to Mt Cook we drove with the Hippie Camper back to Lake Tekapo for an amazing 80’s party. I looked terrible (good), and some looked even better.
Two days later we visited a friend in Wanaka and continued to the wild South West, the biggest national park of NZ; the rain-forest in the Fiords. We hiked for a few days. Most of the time it was cloudy with lots of rain, but the very impressive landscape made it worthwhile.


Big waterfalls, one over 260 meters high, huge trees and birds we had never seen before surrounded us. The one moment when the sun came out for one hour we were standing on the key summit mountain and got a 360 degree panoramic view. Clouds were passing by at huge speed. The steep white mountains came out over the green rainforest. It was absolutely amazing.

Now we are working at Last Light Lodge, restaurant, camping & accommodation. We are creating a garden in exchange for a bed and food. It is a great place with nice and interesting people and it is good to work again.

Greetings Irian and Mikaela

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