The weekend I was in the South Isl in December, I went with a bunch of The Authoress's friends to a log cabin at Lake Ohau. It was a crazy cool building - I've never been in a log cabin before and the complete solidity of the structure astounded me.
The weather was practically perfect, and if it hadn't been for the fact that I had a massive amount of work I was supposed to be doing (I'd thought the place had internet access...nope. No writing retreat for me) and the horrific hayfever - it would have been idyllic.
There was a wee copse behind the cabin, and a path through the lupins and woods to the wee Lake Middleton.
I walked around Lake Middleton (there was a tiny bit of bush-bashing involved) one afternoon, but mostly kicked back with my kindle on the deck.
I know the lupins make for gorgeous photography (The Hobbit!) but Christ they're a choking weed. Central Otago through to rural Canturbury is covered in them.