Winter officially arrives

The first day of winter has arrived, we have officially moved into the cold winter season.

Chilling weather is encouraging for those with a passion for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, but for sun-lovers, a cold few months with only limited availability for a trip to a warmer climate available, this could feel like a long one, especially after missing out on an island escape last year.

While each year we do expect the bite of winter, there are a few things that can make the cold season a little more bearable.

Look after your immunity and health, make sure your vehicle is prepared and you allow extra time for driving, have plenty of firewood or heating, use the laundromat to catch up on washing, have the slow cooker ready to go and make sure you have invested well in thermals.

Being prepared is half the battle.

Winter also heralds the arrival of Matariki, the Maori New Year celebrations and will arrive in the skies above New Zealand later this month and into early July.

Winter is the harshest season of the year and one many do not look forward to, but being only three short, cold and dark months is encouraging, and the time of hibernation is often a welcome excuse to stay home and enjoy some cosy comforts, or choose to wrap up warm and get out to enjoy The Brass Monkey Rally, Cromwell Rotary Queen’s Birthday Weekend Book Sale, Matariki, curling, skiing and all the other wonderful events and adventures that take place during the coldest weeks of the year.

Queen’s Birthday weekend falls this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, our final long weekend for a while, enjoy wrapping up and taking an extra day to prepare for the upcoming chilly conditions.