We were exposed to the snow at a young age. First introduced to tobogganing at about 2 years of age then skiing at 13. Falls Creek was our "go-to" mountain in Victoria. We tried our best to make it a yearly ritual however as we got older, work, school and other commitments prevented us from being able to escape so freely. This year however, we decided to do something a little different. My brother was turning 21 at the end of August so we (my mum, sister and brother, dad wasn't able to get away from work unfortunately), decided to do something a bit more adventurous. We cleared our schedules for 10 days in July and boarded a plane, ski gear and all, and flew to Queenstown, New Zealand.
I don't know what took me so long to visit. Queenstown is a small town in Otago, South-West New Zealand, and is home to some of the most stunning backdrops I have ever seen. Built on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by the open countryside, this town is offers stunning views from all angles.
Most mornings we were up before the sun and on our way to embark on a long day of skiing. On this particular morning, we were driving up to ski the Remarkables. As we spiralled up the the side of the mountain, I watched the sun started to creep over the mountain tops. I managed to contain myself inside the car until the image was just too good to not capture. I managed to convince the others to stop our climb up the mountain so I could jump out of the car to capture the beautiful sunrise. As you can see below, Mother Nature graced us with the most beautiful golden glow that morning.