06 May 2020

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Marlborough

There are quite a few places to stop on the drive between Picton and Nelson, and the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve is one of the best. You’ll see a stunning stretch of river with incredibly clear water, a couple of small waterfalls and plenty of relaxing river views. Whether you’re

Sinclair Wetlands, Dunedin, New Zealand
02 May 2020

Sinclair Wetlands, Dunedin

Nestled amongst the farmland of the Taieri Plains, just outside of Dunedin, the Sinclair Wetlands is a cool place to visit if you’re into bird watching and low-key lake / pond views. It’s a peaceful spot — we visited on a holiday weekend in October and it was completely deserted!

28 Apr 2020

15 Fun Things to Do in Queenstown: Hikes, Beaches, Viewpoints and More!

Queenstown is probably New Zealand’s most popular tourist town (I can’t be bothered researching whether that’s technically the case) and you can easily see why. It’s a town almost completely dedicated to tourism, meaning you’ll find endless things to do, eat and see. There are so many fun things to

24 Apr 2020

Hiking the Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook National Park

This post was originally published in March 2017 and was updated in April 2020  (to include photos from the time I did this day hike in better weather conditions).  The relatively easy Hooker Valley Track opens up to some great views of Mount Cook (also known as Aoraki in Maori),

21 Apr 2020

The Scenic Drive to the Remarkables Ski Area from Queenstown

If you’ve spent a bit of time in Queenstown (or spent some time planning a trip there) you’ll have seen the Remarkables, a set of jagged mountains towering over Lake Wakatipu. It’s one of the most iconic mountain ranges in New Zealand, but most people only see it from a

17 Apr 2020

5 Fun Things to Do in St Bathans, Central Otago

St Bathans is a tiny former gold mining town in Central Otago which is now all but abandoned. There a several historic buildings to explore, including the Vulcan Hotel, regarded as one of New Zealand’s most haunted places. If you’re looking for a ghost experience and can’t find that 80s

14 Apr 2020

Poolburn Dam, Central Otago

Central Otago is famous for its barren, rocky hills and seemingly never-ending landscapes. It’s a unique part of New Zealand and is easy to visit, considering its close proximity to tourism heavyweights Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin. Poolburn Dam is a prime example of what Central Otago has to offer –

09 Apr 2020

The Clay Cliffs, Waitaki Valley

A long detour down a gravel road leads to the Clay Cliffs, a surreal slice of nature which features in the upcoming Mulan movie. It doesn’t take long to explore and makes for a good side trip when driving through the Waitaki Valley or the road from Queenstown to Mount

05 Apr 2020

Where Are the Best Beaches in Queenstown?

Queenstown is best known for its mountain views, adventure sports and nightlife, but it also has some great beaches! Whether you’re visiting in summer and want somewhere to chill out and swim, or you’re there at a colder time of year and want something pretty to look at, these beaches

02 Apr 2020

Wilson Bay, Queenstown

The road to Glenorchy from Queenstown is packed full of interesting places to stop, and one of the more relaxing ones is Wilson Bay. It’s a lovely little beach with stunning mountain views and it’s a decent distance from town, meaning it’ll likely be empty when you visit! Getting to