• LLAMA | Rosa Watson

Our playground is Middle Earth!

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

There’s something almost spiritual being surrounded by Southern Alps.


About an hour from Methven lies this world renowned gem - Mt Sunday. You can hear wind blowing up the gorge, your feet as they crunch the gravel on the path, your breath as you take it all in.

Breathing in pristine air, taking in the array of colours from the bright whites, blues, browns and greens and gazing over the vast expanse of open land. No human activity as far as the eye can see.


It truly is one of the most spectacular parts of our amazing playground. The 360 degree alpine views is enough to take your breath away. But don’t worry, the climb won’t! The track is just an easy hour’s wander.


There is growing evidence that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. It can reduce high blood pressure, respiratory tract and cardiovascular illnesses, improve vitality and mood, and benefit mental health. It can restore attention capacity and mental fatigue.


Even more, feeling a part of nature has been shown to directly relate with life satisfaction, vitality, meaningfulness, happiness, mindfulness, and lower cognitive anxiety.


Get lost in this incredible space.

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