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Trip Report: Testing New Gear, Exploring New Zealand

Cy Whitling's Trip report photos from New Zealand for Blister Gear Review.

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

We headed to Canterbury, NZ, to test new ski equipment and to explore this exquisite place. (photos by Cy Whitling)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

There is magic in these mountains of the South Island of New Zealand...

We headed to Canterbury, NZ, to test new ski equipment and to explore this exquisite place.

And large alpine parrots (keas) that exist nowhere else in the world.

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

The Southern Alps seem to go on forever. (View from the top of Porters Ski Area)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

Craigieburn Valley is home to beech trees and big mountain lines. (Reviewer Paul Forward)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

And we skied plenty of them. (Reviewer Brian Lindahl)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

We also explored the neighboring Kura Tāwhiti (Castle Hill) area.

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

Surreal: The grand limestone of Kura Tawhiti. (Paul Forward)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

In Sir Arthur’s Pass, Cy Whitling found an invigorating way to wake up.

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

So did I. (Jonathan Ellsworth + High Brew Coffee, Sir Arthur’s Pass)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

More skiing: high winds and tussock can be part of the experience. (Brian Lindahl)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

So can a big coastal snowstorm. (Jonathan Ellsworth, Craigieburn Valley)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

Sun, Snow, and Rock. (Brian Lindahl, Porters Ski Area)

Cy Whitling Photos for Blister Gear Review New Zealand High Brew Trip Report

As a farewell gift, we left our friends in Canterbury with heaps of new snow, put chains on the tires, and headed home — with so much of this place still to explore.

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