13 Dec 2019

Lake Heron, Hakatere Conservation Park

The road to Lake Heron branches off from the main Hakatere-Potts Road, meaning it’s a bit of a detour from the road to Mount Sunday (which is why I’m assuming you’re in this region in the first place). It’s a stunning drive though – there are a few other lakes

Driving to Fraser Dam, Central Otago, New Zealand
07 Dec 2019

The Scenic Drive to Fraser Dam, Central Otago

If you want to see some typical Central Otago scenery (think massive rocks, barren landscapes and wide-open spaces) the drive to Fraser Dam is a great option. You’ll head into the hills above Alexandra to Fraser Dam, a manmade lake created in the 1930s which provides water for irrigating the

01 Dec 2019

The Scenic Drive to Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau — another scenic New Zealand lake! There are dozens of lakes in New Zealand which I’d recommend visiting, especially in the Canterbury High Country region. You won’t have time to visit them all (even if you’re based in New Zealand like I am), so you’ll have to pick

27 Nov 2019

Stirling Point and Bluff Hill: Not Quite the Bottom of the South Island

Bluff, a small town south of Invercargill, has always been known as the bottom of the South Island. It’s actually not – that crown goes to Slope Point (an hour away in the Catlins region) but I guess it’s the southern most town and it’s worth visiting for the views

24 Nov 2019

Okains Bay / Le Bons Bay, Banks Peninsula

When driving through the hills around Akaroa you’ll have the chance to take some detours to different bays and beaches. We haven’t visited them all yet, but I can highly recommend a trip down to Okains Bay or Le Bons Bay. Or, you could do both if you have the

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
18 Nov 2019

Lake Pukaki: The Bluest Lake in New Zealand

You’ll drive around the shores of Lake Pukaki when driving between Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook (or between Twizel and Mount Cook) and if you’re lucky enough to strike it on a nice day you’ll be blown away by how blue it is. It’s a surreal place to see and

15 Nov 2019

Newton’s Waterfall, Akaroa

Akaroa is most famous for its harbour-based activities and Banks Peninsula views, but there’s also an awesome waterfall that you can walk to from town. It’s easy to get to and is surprisingly impressive — keep reading to find out more! Getting to Newton’s Waterfall If you feel like a

Medlands Beach, Abel Tasman Track
09 Nov 2019

Abel Tasman Track Day Walk: Bark Bay to Marahau

The Abel Tasman Track (AKA the Abel Tasman Coastal Track) is one of nine “Great Walks” in New Zealand. If you want to hike the whole thing it’ll take you a few days. Most people don’t have the time or desire to do that, so an Abel Tasman Track day

05 Nov 2019

Queenstown Bay

One of my favourite beaches in New Zealand isn’t even located on the coast – it’s in Queenstown! Queenstown Bay, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is the perfect place to bring some takeaways and relax by the water (on a nice day). There are plenty of places to sit,

Walking the Blue Lake Track, St Bathans, New Zealand
03 Nov 2019

Hiking Around Blue Lake, St Bathans

The tiny, historic town of St Bathans was a lot more bustling during goldrush times. Now it’s a peaceful place to visit on the Central Otago tourist trail (apart from all the ghosts, but more on that later). The man-made Blue Lake sits beside the main street in town and