We are now 4 weeks past the shortest day and well into mid-winter here in Auckland.

We've had some wet and wild weather and we are due for some more wet weather, but the past few days have been beautiful.

I adore cold, clear, calm winter days and have loved these past few days and been inspired by them to book a mini break to the Powderhorn Chateau in Ohakune with the hope of getting day or two snowboarding on the Turoa slopes.

Apparently at the Powderhorn Chateau you can choose to stay in the same suite your favourite Lord of the Rings actor stayed in!

My hope is that I get a room that looks like the one on the website - doesn't this look lovely! Its designed to look like an Alpine ski lodge.

As for snowboarding, I really hope it's like this when we go.