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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Hot pools in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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 Lake Tekapo though, as it sits in New Zealand’s only dark sky reserve, meaning it’s ideal for stargazing. Dark Sky Project (formally Earth and Sky) invited us to do

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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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03 Oct 2018

Lake Emma / Lake Roundabout, Hakatere Conservation Park

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful that you can’t work out why more people don’t know about it? For us that’s the Hakatere Conservation Park / Ashburton Lakes District, a stunning collection of tiny lakes and scenic roads surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It’s a dream to drive

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25 Sep 2018

Hiking to Lake Emily, Hakatere Conservation Park

Hiking to tiny Lake Emily, set amidst golden tussocks and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, is one of the highlights of any trip to the Hakatere Conservation Park. This region of the Canterbury High Country is part of the wider Ashburton Lakes area and has that perfect combination of stunning views

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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 that will 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 / Lake Tekapo and it makes for a nice place to stop for a quick rest

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The Pineapple Track, Dunedin, New Zealand
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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