'Why We Head Outdoors'
Driza-Bone x Will & Bear
Designed to keep you there.
Two teams, 8 days and 2,000kms exploring the South Island of New Zealand.
This trip was a nod to the great outdoors and as a result, a collaboration of two teams who love to be on the road.
With a shared love of the unknown, we are excited to share some of our favourite parts of the recent trip to New Zealand with fellow Australian adventurers, Will & Bear.
Decked out in our Summerweight Driza-Bone rainwear and a perfect assortment of Will & Bear hats, we hit the road to discover the everchanging landscape of New Zeland.
Set amongst the rugged terrain of the south island we experienced everything from rain and gale-force winds to sunny skies and sun showers. This was a trip to remember.
From the minute we arrived until the moment we left, we were in total awe of all New Zealand has to offer. Being welcomed by (our tour guide) Stefan, and jumping in the back of his 1973 Land Rover, we got the full tour of Queenstown and its surroundings.
Each day brought a new adventure, starting with a team brekkie, a fuel up on coffee and a rough plan for the day ahead. We packed the car of everything we needed, piled in and hit the road. The beauty of travelling with a team of born travellers was that by midday, the ‘original plan’ would be diverted with impromptu plans to go here, turn there or climb that!
Each mission had to begin with location scouting and, if you’ve never been to NZ, there is no ‘wrong turn’. Every dirt road, short cut, or dead-end is surrounded by incredible surroundings, whether it be snow-capped mountains in the distance or a river running through. And so like a lot of our trips, we choose the wrong turns over google maps!
Through a few water crossings in the Land Rover, we found a spot nearby to set up camp, prepare and cook a stew and relax with front-row views of the valley.
In true New Zealand fashion, it rained most days so we found it hard to get any hikes done until one day there was a gap in the clouds and we decided to head up the hill, crossing our fingers and toes that it wouldn’t start pouring rain again. We got really lucky! The feeling of reaching the top as a team and having the opportunity to take some frames and shots from that height overlooking the entire valley below was unbelievable.
For the last few nights, we found an old hunters shack set deep within a secluded valley built from nothing but timber and tin and took some time to disconnect from ‘real-life’. No reception, no wifi and just enough power to turn on a few light switches, we built fires inside and out, cooked a big stew over the outdoor fire pit, played rounds of Pictionary and star-gazed at night in the outdoor fire baths. This was living!
We dubbed this quaint little shack “The Ranch” and quickly adapted to ranch life, taking on alter egos and finding ourselves way too funny! But it was here that we all felt the most at home and where ‘team’ turned into ‘family’ working all together to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner, clean up and swap stories around the campfire. This was the highlight of the trip, a reminder of why our brands exist and how important the outdoors are to us.
Goodbyes are always hard and the last day was upon us so as we all packed up our gear, we shared highlights of the trip and belly laughed at all the silly, outlandish, accidental moments that were pure gold. As we all headed to the airport and finally parted ways, the trip home was a time of reflection and we came to this: The outdoors are pivotal for us as humans and as a brand, we exist to inspire a life lived outdoors and everything we do stems from those moments connecting to our natural world.
So, how many river crossings did Peanut (Stefan's Land Rover) do in our NZ video?
Congrats Stephanie Cini.
3 was spot on!
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