Purakaunui Bay, the Catlins, New Zealand
22 May 2018

Purakaunui Bay, the Catlins

One of several scenic bays in the Catlins, Purakaunui Bay is a great place to visit whether you’re planning to camp there or not. The camping ground is definitely a highlight (you’ll get great views from your van / tent) but there are also some stunning viewpoints on offer up

Governors Bay beach, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
13 May 2018

Governors Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Last year we had a calendar on our wall featuring scenic New Zealand spots. The month of December was dedicated to Governors Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. After looking at a photo of it every day for a month we knew we had to go there. Luckily it’s very easy

Hiking Rocky Mountain, Wanaka, New Zealand
07 May 2018

Hiking the Diamond Lake / Rocky Mountain Track, Wanaka

The Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain tracks merge together to create a stunning three hour hike. There is so much to see along the way, including a surreal little lake and grand views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park. There is heaps of uphill hiking, but if you

Hiking Lake Hayes in Winter, Queenstown, New Zealand
30 Apr 2018

Hiking Around Lake Hayes, Queenstown

One of my favourite photos from the Queenstown region was taken while hiking around Lake Hayes. It was in winter, the hills surrounding the lake were dusted with snow and everything was perfectly reflected in the glass-like water. This small lake, 14 km from Queenstown, is popular with dog-walking locals

Glendhu Bay, one of the best beaches in Wanaka, New Zealand
24 Apr 2018

Glendhu Bay: The Best Beach in Wanaka?

With Wanaka being over a hundred kilometers from the coast you wouldn’t expect it to be an awesome beach destination. Lake beaches have their charms too though, and Glendhu Bay is the perfect example of this. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, the water has that exotic clear blue look to

Hiking in Kaikoura, New Zealand
17 Apr 2018

Hiking the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway: South Bay to Point Kean

I always kind of dismissed Kaikoura as being a bit of a one trick pony. I knew there was world-class whale watching on offer, but could that really be it? I later found out there was a waterfall where baby seals go to play, but the recent earthquake put a

Marlborough Sounds viewpoint, New Zealand
11 Apr 2018

Driving to French Pass and Bulwer, Marlborough Sounds

One of the most spectacular drives in the Marlborough Sounds (and the whole of New Zealand) is the road to French Pass and Bulwer. Sweeping views of the sounds are the highlights, but there are also some nice little coves and beaches to stop at as well as some great

Sunrise at Mount Iron, Wanaka, New Zealand
04 Apr 2018

Sunrise at Mount Iron: An Easy Hike in Wanaka

By now you probably know that Roys Peak is the best sunrise hike in Wanaka, but what if you don’t have the time, stamina or will to walk uphill in the dark for three hours. Mount Iron is the answer. It’s definitely not as impressive as Roys Peak (or Isthmus

Hiking the Harbour Cone Track, Dunedin, New Zealand
28 Mar 2018

Hiking the Harbour Cone Track, Dunedin

Hiking the Harbour Cone Track is one of the best things you can do on a trip to the Otago Peninsula. The views of the harbour and the green hills surrounding it are spectacular and you can also see over Hoopers Inlet and some of the Peninsula’s rugged ocean coastline.

That Wanaka Tree, New Zealand
26 Mar 2018

That Wanaka Tree: New Zealand’s Most Instagram-Famous Tree

We all want to be famous. Options for achieving this in the modern world include sex tapes, controversial reality TV appearances or being genuinely talented at something. Or you could be a partially submerged willow tree standing alone in Lake Wanaka. That Wanaka Tree has become an Instagram celebrity over