Isolating in New Zealand is everything you may expect it to be.
Montana Purchase shares her experiences from riding out a pandemic on the South Island, in a small town called Sumner.
The best days are when the sun is shining. The New Zealand sun is strong even through Autumn. It gets warm enough to set up in the garden wearing a bikini. I love listening to Bossa Nova, It makes me feel like I’m on a balmy holiday by the sea.
We had a couple of cold water dips at the beginning of lockdown, although it has got fresh very quickly. Now I’m surfing in a wetsuit with booties and a hood. It is a very different reality to what I’m used to with winters in Australia but a welcomed new experience that leaves you exhilarated. Winter is definitely here.
Surrounding Sumner there are rolling grassy hills, quiet rocky coves, bush trails and sandy beaches. It is a place like no other and I’ve felt so lucky to have this expansive space during this time.
Sumner has given us endless walking trails to explore. We have been walking every day. My idea of a good walk has grown, doing a 10-15km walk has become the new normal.