30 Aug 2017

New Brighton Beach and Pier, Christchurch

Now that the inner city has been reduced to ruins, Christchurch’s more scenic attractions have become far more appealing. Getting out of the city and onto a beach is your best bet for a fun afternoon in Christchurch, and New Brighton Beach is one of the best (and most accessible)

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Humboldt Falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
23 Aug 2017

Humboldt Falls, Fiordland National Park

Humboldt Falls, one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls, makes for an easy side-trip while driving to Milford Sound. It’s located down a 17 km gravel road (Hollyford Road) and there are a few other places to see along the way. Humboldt Falls crashes 275 metres to the valley below —

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20 Aug 2017

Hiking in Christchurch: Taylor’s Mistake to Godley Head

With the inner city still in ruins six years after the 2011 earthquake, the glistening coastline of Banks Peninsula is a welcome escape. Hiking in Christchurch is best experienced (or so I’ve heard) on the Taylor’s Mistake to Godley Head Track, where you’ll see black sand beaches, towering cliffs and

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Walking along Sumner Beach, Christchurch, New Zealand
17 Aug 2017

Sumner Beach, Christchurch

Escaping the city on a sunny day is always a good idea, especially in Christchurch where the city centre isn’t exactly a relaxing place. Sumner Beach is the ideal Christchurch beach getaway. There’s an esplanade to walk / cycle along, caves and viewpoints to explore and some nice bars and

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Sunset at Lake Gunn, Fiordland, New Zealand
13 Aug 2017

Lake Gunn Nature Walk, Fiordland National Park

This short hiking trail takes you through a mossy forest to the shores of Lake Gunn — it’s a great little detour from the road to Milford Sound. The walk only takes around 20 minutes and is an awesome thing to do just before sunset (after which you can sleep

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The best things to do in Moeraki, New Zealand
10 Aug 2017

The Best Things to Do in Moeraki

Moeraki, a sleepy seaside village an hour’s drive from Dunedin, is best known for its surreal set of beach boulders. The Moeraki Boulders are a couple of kilometres from the village and attract heaps of tourists, and most of them skip the village and surrounding attractions. There are a few

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07 Aug 2017

Driving the Scenic Road From Queenstown to Glenorchy

There are countless scenic roads in New Zealand, but for me the 45 km stretch of tarmac between Queenstown and Glenorchy stands out from the crowd. This picturesque road skirts the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by mountains — it’s stunning at any time of year but

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04 Aug 2017

Hiking the Queenstown Hill Track

A trip to Queenstown wouldn’t be complete without getting off the streets and onto a hiking trail. The Queenstown Hill track has the perfect mix of stunning views and (relatively) easy hiking — keep reading for more details! Starting the Hike I hiked up Queenstown Hill in winter and it

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28 Jul 2017

Camping at Totaranui Beach, Abel Tasman National Park

Whether you’re planning on hiking the multi-day Abel Tasman Coastal Track or relaxing by a beautiful beach, camping at Totaranui Beach is always a good idea. Totaranui Beach marks the end (or the start) of most people’s multi-day Abel Tasman hiking adventure, but it’s also the perfect place to go

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25 Jul 2017

Hiking to Anapai Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

If you read my recent post on Goat Bay you’ll know that there are some awesome short walks in Abel Tasman National Park. The coastal track generally takes a few days to complete, so seeing some of the highlights on a short hike is a good idea if you’re short

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