And we have an addition to the household - baby Sophia Jean born 27 November weighing in at a healthy 8lb 1oz. We are slowly figuring out how she operates! 3 weeks old tomorrow and feeding and sleeping well (mostly anyway). With two cousins born in September and October Christmas is shaping up to be year of the babies! Thanks for all your support and feedback during the past year. Stay tuned for lots of awesome new products in the New Year and a clear-out sale with super special prices. Merry Christmas and enjoy celebrating with your loved ones and that crazy relative (or two).
Earlier in 2011.. Time for a long overdue news update! Southern Rata has now settled happily into its new home in Wanganui with views to Mt Ruapehu, a rolling farmland outlook and a bountiful vege garden. A pretty good substitute for the stunning Remarkables mountain range and burnished craggy hills typical of the deep south.
Stock was packed into every nook and cranny in our hired campervan and 1071 km later we made it to the River City. What a roadie - we made the worthwhile detour to Mt Cook and stayed with my sister and her husband in Motueka. Empty roads, gorgeous scenery and of course, excellent company! Orders posted en route - so business as usual!
So why Wanganui? One fateful evening in January 2010 I went to a friend's 40th. It just so happened one of Christian's oldest friends, Phil, had flown south from Wanganui to celebrate with him. We met, we dated, we met halfway for long weekends in Christchurch. After 6 months we decided 1071km between us was a tad too much so I left my beloved Queenstown and together we made the trek north with my stock, my bike and all my worldly possessions.Life is good. Especially because as I write the Bushy Park Wine Festival has kicked off and we're heading out there now. Newsletter coming soon. Thanks for continuing to support Southern Rata - it's always appreciated.
Summer days in Pauanui Rafting the mighty Moawhango River
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The idea for Southern Rata germinated back in May 2008 after a hair-raising jeep trip to Leh, Ladakh in Northern India. The road wasn’t officially open to the public for the season but in true Indian style if there were time-strapped travellers keen to go then it’s just a matter of negotiating rupees. A thrilling albeit terrifying 48 hr journey through snow and ice to 3500m with no suspension, no chains, scarcely 2-wheel drive, and 3 breakdowns ensued but the trade off was the most incredible mountains and scenery! I made a pact en route that if I survived the trip I was going to start my own business when I returned to Queenstown. Just over a year later it’s happened.It’s been another exciting journey pulling it all together and I’ve been lucky to meet some truly talented New Zealanders and discover some amazing products. And now it's time to share these discoveries with you.
Southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata) and its north island cousin, Pohutakawa, are beloved symbols of New Zealand and invoke memories of endless summers and our unique natural environment.