Julie and Jonathan call their Bed and Breakfast Ribbonwood Retreat after the big Ribbonwood tree that grows near their home. Once common these trees are now in decline.
We have planted Ribbonwoods and many other trees to attract native birds back to our garden.
Maori Proverb: If you cut the heart of the flax bush, where will the bellbird sing?
From the top of Alex Knob we surveyed the scene below us feeling exhilarated after the grunt up. We were pleased we took the gamble to cart up all our gear to camp as so often the tops cloud over. The views of the Franz Josef Glacier, the Main Divide and Tasman Sea just got better with dusk falling.
The mountain is named after Alexander Graham (Alec.) He was one of New Zealand’s most skilled mountaineers. Through the early twentieth century Alec guided many parties up the Alex Knob track and to the Franz Josef Glacier. He and his brother Peter were well loved guides.