08 Nov 2020

Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut: Kepler Track Day 2

Day 2 of the Kepler Track is generally known as the best day in terms of views. The walk from Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut takes you along a series of ridges with beautiful views of the mountains surrounding them. Well, that is if you can see it all

03 Nov 2020

Te Anau to Luxmore Hut: Kepler Track Day 1

The Kepler Track is one of 9 “Great Walks” in New Zealand. It’s a 3-4-day hike through mossy forests, mountain ridges and green valleys and, to be honest, it was pretty hard. I won’t go into too many details here though (I’ll be writing another post for all those) –

28 Oct 2020

Hiking the Waipohatu Waterfall Track, The Catlins

There are several waterfalls in the Catlins, and most are just a short walk from the main road. The Waipohatu Waterfall Track is a little more challenging than the rest, but the waterfalls (there are two) are beautiful and it’s a lot quieter and more off the beaten path than

Colac Bay, Southland, New Zealand
25 Oct 2020

Colac Bay, Southland

The southern coast of New Zealand, roughly the stretch of road between Invercargill and Tuatapere, is home to lots of beaches and bays, and Colac Bay is one of the most popular. There are some nice-looking holiday houses there and a couple of places to eat and drink – and

19 Oct 2020

Wanaka to Haast: Driving One of New Zealand’s Most Scenic Roads

One of the most popular routes to the West Coast leaves from Wanaka and goes all the way to Haast. It’s a long drive, but luckily there are heaps of things to see along the way including mountain views, waterfalls and exotic sections of river. Are you considering driving the

14 Oct 2020

Hiking the Lake Hauroko Lookout Track, Fiordland National Park

Lake Hauroko is a long way from the other main sights in Fiordland National Park, meaning it sees a fraction of the traffic. It’s a great little off the beaten path spot and is home to an awesome day hike – the Lake Hauroko Lookout Track. The track takes you

11 Oct 2020

Cosy Nook, Southland

If you’re looking for a calm little spot along the Southern Scenic Route to eat some lunch or just take a break from the road, you’ve come to the right place. Cosy Nook is a sheltered bay along the windswept southern coast and features a beach, some nice views and

Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand
04 Oct 2020

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

If you’re looking for a scenic spot to see snow-capped mountains (in winter at least) close to Nelson, a trip to Lake Rotoiti is an easy choice. There are some great places to appreciate the views at lake-level, but I’ll also show you some options if you want to head

27 Sep 2020

Hiking the Peak Hill Track, Lake Coleridge

The Peak Hill Track takes you high above a glacier carved valley for some of the best mountain views you’ll see this close to Christchurch (or anywhere in the Southern Alps). You’ll see the braided Rakaia River, glimmering Lake Coleridge and a succession of snow-capped mountains. Hiking the Peak Hill

20 Sep 2020

Lake Lyndon / the Mount Lyndon Track

Lake Lyndon is an off the beaten path spot, despite being right next to the main road between Christchurch and the West Coast. What’s there to see at Lake Lyndon? Keep reading to find out, including some incredible views from the Mount Lyndon Track. Lake Lyndon The turnoff to Lake