18 Sep 2019

A Doubtful Sound Cruise: The Best Day Trip in New Zealand?

Doubtful Sound (which is a fjord, not a sound) is possibly the most beautiful place in New Zealand. It’s similar to the far more popular Milford Sound (also not a sound) but the experience is very different. To visit Doubtful Sound, you’ll need to go on a tour, which first

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13 Sep 2019

The Scenic Road from Queenstown to Wanaka: Driving the Crown Range

Fancy driving along New Zealand’s highest main road? With great height comes great views, and the road from Queenstown to Wanaka certainly has those. The Crown Range is known for its tight curves and sweeping vistas and it didn’t disappoint – here’s everything you need to know about driving the

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10 Sep 2019

Tumbledown Bay and Te Oka Bay, Banks Peninsula

The most famous spot on Banks Peninsula is surely Akaroa, but did you know there’s a great beach and stunning coastal views on the southern side of the Peninsula? Tumbledown Bay (and Te Oka Bay, which is right next door) is a bit of a detour from the main Christchurch

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06 Sep 2019

Hiking the Ben Lomond Track, Queenstown

The most iconic (and surely the best) day hike in Queenstown takes you above picturesque Lake Wakatipu to the summit of Ben Lomond, the mountain which looms over Queenstown (but is hidden from view from most parts of town). There are so many amazing views on the Ben Lomond Track,

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01 Sep 2019

Lake Rotoroa, Nelson Lakes National Park

One of two main lakes in Nelson Lakes National Park, Lake Rotoroa is a pretty place to stop when driving between Christchurch and Nelson. If you want to do some hiking I’d recommend heading to Lake Rotoiti instead, but as far as scenic lunch spots go you’ll be hard pressed

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Wanaka Lavender Farm, New Zealand
25 Aug 2019

Wanaka Lavender Farm

Everyone loves a good photo spot, especially one that you don’t need to hike to and won’t cost (much) to see. It also helps if there is ice-cream in the vicinity. Wanaka Lavender Farm has all of those things, and much more. By the way I’m writing you’d think I

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21 Aug 2019

Hiking at Ship Creek, West Coast

Ship Creek, just north of Haast on the main West Coast Road, is home to some short walking tracks which will get you amongst unique coastal scenery. We hiked the “Dune Lake” track — it only took around 45 minutes and the views along the way were very different than

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16 Aug 2019

Waikouaiti Beach / The Matanaka Farm Buildings, Coastal Otago

There are heaps of places to stop on the short drive between Dunedin and Oamaru, and Waikouaiti Beach and the nearby Matanaka Farm Buildings is one of the best. Keep reading for more information about these little-visited gems in Coastal Otago. Waikouaiti Beach You’ll pass through the small, nondescript town

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Sunrise at Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago, New Zealand
12 Aug 2019

Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago

One of the most unique beaches in New Zealand is found on the scenic stretch of road between Dunedin and Oamaru. Koekohe Beach, which hosts the surreal Moeraki Boulders, is an interesting place to stop and a visit doesn’t have to take long at all. It’s a special piece of

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Purakaunui Beach, Dunedin, New Zealand
07 Aug 2019

Purakaunui Beach, Dunedin

Purakaunui Beach is one of the best and most isolated beaches in Dunedin. Chances are it’ll be quiet when you visit and there are some cool things to see nearby, including a Maori pa (fortified village) with great views, another couple of beaches, the “Arches” and the calm waters of

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