"You can never “get” to Paradise, it’s a state of being it is the way you feel about things.
Some places make it easier for you to feel that way. Paradise is that place cos it sends shivers down your spine and it seems far too immaculate to be true. When people ask me where Paradise is I laugh and say “it’s just a paddock, you drive and follow the signs, 30 minutes to the road end”. Then I listen to myself explaining where to go, “past Diamond Lake, Earnslaw Burn, Arcadia, Paradise House, stop for a walk at the Parardise Trust property at the base of Mt Alfred, check out the flow of the Dart River and continue on with care into Mt Aspiring National Park and the beginning of the Dart Track”
And I remember what it is like; those mountains formed beautifully, like a coiffered woman looking down on you, the braided river bed, wide energetic, windswept, the combination of snow fields and raw rock, the height of those tops. The intensity of the place and the transitions it exposes you to.
If there is heaven on earth Paradise has to be close."
Christine Kelly - Glenorchy local