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Svalbard  - “The Cold Edge”


I think if you leave NZ and travel the greatest distance possible across the globe Svalbard comes close to winning the prize of land most distant!

Svalbard, formerly the Spitsbergen, archipelago is situated in the Arctic Ocean, about midway between Norway and the North Pole. Governed by Norway it comprises all lands between latitude 74° North and latitude 81° North and between longitude 10° East and longitude 35° East.

Tomorrow I board a vessel called the Akademik Ioffe in Svalbard’s main port of Longyearbyen ready to begin my Arctic work season as a guide for Quark Expeditions.

A grass roots NZ adventure against the stunning and unusual backdrop of high country Southland. Three kayakers attempt a first descent of the East Waikaia River over an epic three days facing the hardest and most sustained rapids any of them have ever encountered.

A great mixture of amazing whitewater, isolation and mountain to lowland jungle environment variation makes the Paucartambo journey an absolute classic.


Upon completing our Paucartambo descent we needed rest and Cola de Mono was the perfect place for it. JV’s shoulder had connected hard with a wall on day two on the Paucartambo and once the pain killers wore off it got worse. (JV will have his hands on the oars of a cargo raft in the Grand Canyon. I hope his shoulder feels strong!


Upper Apurimac, Salkanatay with kayaks and the second full descent of Peru´s Rio Santa Teresa!



TIKI Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

5star Raymond Chan 2015

5star Wine Orbit 2015

TIKI Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

5star Gourmet Traveller 2014

TIKI KORO Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

2014 gold Gold Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015

TIKI KORO Chardonnay

4star Cameron Douglas 2014

TIKI Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Best International Business Class White Wine: Global Traveller on the Wing Airline Wine Competition 2015


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