Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin, New Zealand
03 Dec 2018

The Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin

Looking for something different to do in Dunedin? The Taieri Gorge Railway trip takes you through the outskirts of Dunedin and out to the stunning vistas of the Taieri Gorge. A lot of this area can’t be reached by car, so the train really is your only option – and

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27 Nov 2018

The Christchurch Gondola: Awesome Harbour and City Views!

We’ve always been fascinated with cable cars. Riding a cable car / gondola / funicular is a great chance to see a place from a whole new perspective. On our recent trip to Christchurch we took a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. The central city is known for its flat

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20 Nov 2018

Hiking the Red Tarns Track, Mount Cook National Park

You’ve probably heard of the Hooker Valley Track, by far the most popular hike in Mount Cook National Park. While that hike deserves all the praise it gets, there’s heaps more to explore in the land of New Zealand’s tallest mountains. The Red Tarns Track, a steep two-hour hike (return)

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13 Nov 2018

Exploring Central Christchurch On a Tram Tour

Central Christchurch is home to a variety of attractions, including beautiful old buildings, the meandering Avon River, street art, the botanic gardens and various reminders of the Christchurch earthquakes. It’s a strange mix of the old, the new and the soon to be demolished. A fun way to explore central

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06 Nov 2018

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

One of my earliest memories was driving through the lion enclosure at Orana Wildlife Park and seeing lions wandering around outside the car. You can’t do that anymore (that all ended in 1995), but it was exciting to return to this place after so many years. Orana Wildlife Park has a

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30 Oct 2018

Hot Pools in Lake Tekapo: Relaxing at Tekapo Springs

Lake Tekapo, the tiny town with an old stone church by the lake of the same name, is the perfect place to relax after hiking in the Mount Cook / Mackenzie Basin region. After a long day of hiking it’s hard to beat a relaxing soak in the Tekapo Springs

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24 Oct 2018

Stargazing in Lake Tekapo: The Mount John Observatory Tour

In small town New Zealand there generally isn’t much to do when the sun goes down. That’s not the case for Tekapo though, as it sits in New Zealand’s (and the Southern Hemisphere’s) only dark sky reserve, meaning it’s ideal for stargazing. Earth and Sky invited us to do the

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Hiking the Benmore Peninsula Track, Waitaki Valley, New Zealand
17 Oct 2018

Hiking the Benmore Peninsula Track, Waitaki Valley

This underrated hiking track, just a 30 minute drive from Twizel on the road towards Mount Cook and Tekapo (from Dunedin), features sweeping views of Lake Benmore and the Waitaki Valley. Hiking the Benmore Peninsula Track only takes an hour or two and it’s easily one of the best things

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Hiking the Rakaia Gorge Walkway, New Zealand
10 Oct 2018

Hiking the Rakaia Gorge Walkway, Canterbury High Country

The short and (relatively) easy Rakaia Gorge Walkway takes you to some beautiful viewpoints where you’ll see snow-capped mountains, rolling countryside and the crisp blue waters of the Rakaia Gorge. If you’re driving through the Canterbury High Country and want to get out and stretch your legs I’d highly recommend

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