18 Sep 2018

Hiking Mount Sunday AKA Edoras From Lord of the Rings

In case you haven’t heard already, a little film series known as the Lord of the Rings trilogy (as well as the less well-loved Hobbit trilogy) was filmed in New Zealand. There are heaps of filming locations all over the country, and Mount Sunday, a little rocky hill thing surrounded

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Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand
11 Sep 2018

Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin

There are some places in New Zealand which would never be the main destinations for tourists. Lake Ruataniwha is one of those. You’ll pass it when driving between Queenstown / Wanaka and Mount Cook / Tekapo and it makes for a nice place to stop for a quick rest or

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05 Sep 2018

Hiking the Pineapple Track / Flagstaff Nature Reserve, Dunedin

The Pineapple Track is a great option if you want to see some stunning views of Dunedin and get a bit of a workout. The Pineapple Track, part of which in the Flagstaff Nature Reserve, is one of the most well-known hiking trails in Dunedin and the views over the

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29 Aug 2018

Lindis Pass: A Scenic Stretch of Road Between Queenstown and Mount Cook

The journey between Queenstown and Mount Cook is a scenic one, and one of the most impressive stretches takes you through the Lindis Pass. It takes around an hour to drive and there are several places to stop along the way. It’s a great place to drive, especially in winter,

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22 Aug 2018

Coffee with a View at Mount John Observatory, Tekapo

Mount John Observatory is the ultimate lazy person’s viewpoint. You can drive right up to the café at the top of the mountain and from there you can see 360-degree views of the stunning surrounds, including lakes, mountains and the little town of Tekapo. It’s one of the best things

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14 Aug 2018

Hiking the Peninsula Walkway, Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, with its characteristic blue water and mountain surrounds, is one of the top scenic spots in the Canterbury High Country. The views from the stony beach in front of town are nice, but to really see the beauty of this area you’ll need to head a little further

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07 Aug 2018

Lake Opuha: Stunning Mountain Views Near Fairlie

You’ll pass through Fairlie on the drive between Christchurch and Tekapo / Mount Cook — if you have time you should definitely take the short detour to Lake Opuha. This small man-made lake is surrounded by hills and mountains and offers up some beautiful views in its reflective surface. Driving

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Tata Beach, golden Bay, New Zealand
30 Jul 2018

Tata Beach, Golden Bay

The beaches of Golden Bay are famed throughout New Zealand for their soft sands and clear calm water. We explored a few of the beaches in the area after visiting Abel Tasman National Park and were most impressed with Tata Beach. Tata Beach Golden Bay is the gateway to a

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23 Jul 2018

The Oparara Arches, Kahurangi National Park

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, down the bumpiest of gravel roads, lies the Oparara Basin, home to a series of arches and caves amidst a wild limestone environment in Kahurangi National Park. Is it worth the journey? Keep reading to find out (although you’ve probably already guessed it is

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16 Jul 2018

Boulder Beach, Dunedin

It took us 18 months of living in Dunedin for us to get to Boulder Beach — there are so many beaches close to the city and this is definitely one of the least popular ones. Lack of popularity doesn’t always equal lack of quality though, and Boulder Beach is

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