Manuka Bay from above, North Canterbury, New Zealand
26 Jan 2018

Manuka Bay, North Canterbury

Here’s a situation you’ll encounter a lot when travelling in New Zealand. You’re on your way to your destination when you see a sign pointing to a beach, a lake or some other cool sounding place you’d never heard of. You can’t follow every turnoff or you’d never get where

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
23 Jan 2018

Titirangi Bay, Marlborough Sounds

The winding road to Titirangi Bay offers up many opportunities to see the Marlborough Sounds from above. There are countless great viewpoints, calm coves and rocky beaches as well as the Queen Charlotte Track. The highlight of this scenic drive, for us at least, was Titirangi Bay. Not only was

Elaine Bay, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
18 Jan 2018

Hiking at Elaine Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Looking to stretch your legs and see one of the Marlborough Sounds nicest bays up close? Stop off at Elaine Bay — it’s on the road to French Pass and Bulwer — and hike the track to Piwakawakawa Bay. You can also walk (or drive) to the other side of

15 Jan 2018

Walking the French Pass Lookout Track, Marlborough Sounds

Driving the road to French Pass should be on every traveller’s Marlborough Sounds itinerary, but what can you actually see when you get there? The little settlement is nothing special (and in peak season it’s tough to even get a park there), but the French Pass Lookout Track takes you

12 Jan 2018

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, the Catlins

Located (almost) at the tip of the South Island, Waipapa Point Lighthouse is right at the end of the region known as the Catlins, one of New Zealand’s most sight-filled stretches of coastline. Waipapa Point Lighthouse is a bit out of the way but is definitely worth the gravel road

Sunset at Gillespies Beach, West Coast, New Zealand
08 Jan 2018

Sunsets and Camping at Gillespies Beach, West Coast

There aren’t many DOC campsites (AKA cheap places to camp) on the West Coast, so if you want to sleep close to Fox Glacier / Lake Matheson and you’re on a budget you’d better head to Gillespies Beach. It also helps that it’s a beautiful place, with views of the

Roaring Billy Falls, Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
02 Jan 2018

Roaring Billy Falls, Mount Aspiring National Park

Roaring Billy Falls is one of three accessible (and very scenic) waterfalls along the Haast Pass, the road which takes you to the West Coast from Wanaka. Walking to Roaring Billy Falls It’s a short forest walk (10-15 minute) to the banks of the Haast River, where you’ll need to

Cathedral Caves walk, the Catlins, New Zealand
23 Dec 2017

Cathedral Caves, the Catlins

The walk to Cathedral Caves is one of the best experiences you can have in the Catlins, but you’ll have to time it right or risk disappointment. You can only visit Cathedral Caves at low tide (or two hours before high tide and one hour after it), and it is

The Fox Glacier viewpoint, West Coast, New Zealand
18 Dec 2017

Hiking to Fox Glacier, West Coast

Somewhat overshadowed by nearby Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier is definitely worth hiking to if you’re travelling along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll hike through a scenic, glacier carved valley to a viewpoint close to the glacier. You can’t set foot on it (without joining a

13 Dec 2017

Stunning Reflections of Mount Cook at Lake Matheson, West Coast

Have you ever seen a photo on Instagram that inspired you to visit a place? Ever since I saw a photo of Mount Cook reflecting in the calm waters of Lake Matheson I’d wanted to see it for myself. There are two keys to a successful mountain reflection though —