29 Nov 2020

Gemstone Beach, Southland

On the eastern shores of Te Wae Wae Bay sits a small section of sand called Gemstone Beach. It’s one of the most popular spots on the road between Invercargill and Te Anau (part of the Southern Scenic Route) and you can visit it in about 5 minutes if you

Monkey Island, New Zealand
24 Nov 2020

Monkey Island, Southland

I’ve been to a few “Monkey Islands” in my time, and they’ve always contained actual monkeys. You’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting to see them at Southland’s Monkey Island though, so I’ll tell you what you can see there instead. Where is Monkey Island? Monkey Island is on the southern

17 Nov 2020

Hiking the Kepler Track in 3 Days: Tips | What to Pack | What You’ll See

The Kepler Track is one of the easier Great Walks to plan and walk, making it a great option for anyone looking to get into some multi-day hiking in New Zealand. There’s still a lot of planning involved, and some big decisions to make, and that’s where I come in!

12 Nov 2020

Iris Burn Hut to Rainbow Reach: Kepler Track Day 3

Day 3 of the Kepler Track, from Iris Burn Hut to Rainbow Reach, mostly takes you through the forest and is a bit more low-key than the first two days. That doesn’t mean it’s uninteresting or easy though! It’s a long day of walking (you can spend an extra day

08 Nov 2020

Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut: Kepler Track Day 2

Day 2 of the Kepler Track is generally known as the best day in terms of views. The walk from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut takes you along a series of ridges with beautiful views of the mountains surrounding them. Well, that is if you can see it all

03 Nov 2020

Te Anau to Luxmore Hut: Kepler Track Day 1

The Kepler Track is one of 9 “Great Walks” in New Zealand. It’s a 3-4-day hike through mossy forests, mountain ridges and green valleys and, to be honest, it was pretty hard. I won’t go into too many details here though (I’ll be writing another post for all those) –

28 Oct 2020

Hiking the Waipohatu Waterfall Track, The Catlins

There are several waterfalls in the Catlins, and most are just a short walk from the main road. The Waipohatu Waterfall Track is a little more challenging than the rest, but the waterfalls (there are two) are beautiful and it’s a lot quieter and more off the beaten path than

Colac Bay, Southland, New Zealand
25 Oct 2020

Colac Bay, Southland

The southern coast of New Zealand, roughly the stretch of road between Invercargill and Tuatapere, is home to lots of beaches and bays, and Colac Bay is one of the most popular. There are some nice-looking holiday houses there and a couple of places to eat and drink – and

19 Oct 2020

Wanaka to Haast: Driving One of New Zealand’s Most Scenic Roads

One of the most popular routes to the West Coast leaves from Wanaka and goes all the way to Haast. It’s a long drive, but luckily there are heaps of things to see along the way including mountain views, waterfalls and exotic sections of river. Are you considering driving the