Why visit Te Waikoropupū Springs? The phrase “crystal clear water” gets thrown around a lot these days. One place where it’s definitely not an exaggeration is Te Waikoropupū Springs (often referred to as Pupū Springs), one of the top attractions in the Golden Bay region of New Zealand’s South Island.
The road between Takaka and Totaranui is a treasure trove of beaches, sweeping views and short hikes. Wainui Falls is, in my opinion, the best place to stop along this scenic route. This short hike takes you through some pristine New Zealand bush and the powerful waterfall makes for a
Baldwin Street, AKA the world’s steepest street, is a strange tourist attraction in suburban Dunedin. Walking up Baldwin Street isn’t too hard and it’s worth it to see an obscure world record. There are also good views of Dunedin’s green surrounds from the top. Update September 2019: Baldwin Street lost
Why Freedom Camp in Arthur’s Pass National Park? Arthur’s Pass National Park is one of the most naturally beautiful regions of New Zealand and staying there for a night or two allows you to explore it at a relaxed pace. There are two freedom camping areas close to the tourist
Why Visit Devils Punchbowl Falls? The road through the centre of New Zealand’s South Island (between Christchurch and Greymouth) makes for one of the nicest drives in the country. There is so much natural beauty to admire, and at the top of that list is the incredible Devils Punchbowl Falls.
Why visit Nicols Falls? This surprisingly impressive waterfall is just a short drive and hike from downtown Dunedin. The track to Nicols Falls makes for an excellent (and often muddy) place to hike through wild New Zealand bush. You can also hang around until after dark to see glow worms
Why Freedom Camp at Lake Poaka? It’s free! That, and the fact that you’re vehicle doesn’t have to be self contained, makes Lake Poaka a great place to freedom camp near Mount Cook. It’s also quite a scenic little lake, especially in autumn. Getting to Lake Poaka Lake Poaka is
Why hike to Heyward Point? Dunedin’s beaches always look better from above, and some of the best elevated coastal views in (or just outside of) town are on the hike to Heyward Point. It’s an easy (ish) two hour hike through farmland and is fairly off the beaten path —
Why Hike the Kea Point Track? The hike along the Kea Point Track (roughly 1 hour return) ends at a viewpoint where you’ll see some of Mt Cook National Park’s most marvellous mountains, including Mount Cook and Mount Sefton. It’s a lot shorter than the more well-known Hooker Valley Track,
Why Hike the Sandymount Track? Hiking the Sandymount Track puts you face to face with some of Dunedin’s best coastal views. It’s an easy, hour-long walk through farmland to a series of viewpoints. It’s a great hike to do just before sunset (it does get cold though!) and is located