22 Feb 2021

Hiking the Circle Track, Manapouri

If you’re looking for the perfect viewpoint above one of New Zealand’s most beautiful lakes, you’ve come to the right place. The Circle Track, which winds up through the forest to a lookout above Lake Manapouri, is a fun walk but there also needs to be a little planning involved

17 Nov 2020

Hiking the Kepler Track in 3 Days: Tips | What to Pack | What You’ll See

The Kepler Track is one of the easier Great Walks to plan and walk, making it a great option for anyone looking to get into some multi-day hiking in New Zealand. There’s still a lot of planning involved, and some big decisions to make, and that’s where I come in!

12 Nov 2020

Iris Burn Hut to Rainbow Reach: Kepler Track Day 3

Day 3 of the Kepler Track, from Iris Burn Hut to Rainbow Reach, mostly takes you through the forest and is a bit more low-key than the first two days. That doesn’t mean it’s uninteresting or easy though! It’s a long day of walking (you can spend an extra day

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) –

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

18 Sep 2019

A Doubtful Sound Cruise: The Best Day Trip in New Zealand?

Doubtful Sound (which is a fjord, not a sound) is possibly the most beautiful place in New Zealand. It’s similar to the far more popular Milford Sound (also not a sound) but the experience is very different. To visit Doubtful Sound, you’ll need to go on a tour, which first

Milford Sound, New Zealand
27 Mar 2019

The Milford Sound Foreshore Walk / Viewpoint

So, you want to see Milford Sound but don’t want to shell out for a cruise? You should definitely consider the cruise option, but you can get some great views of Milford Sound from close to the car park. The Milford Sound Foreshore Track runs along the, ah, foreshore and

Hiking the Tutoko Valley Track, New Zealand
06 Mar 2019

Hiking the Tutoko Valley Track, Fiordland National Park

Having done most of the popular hikes on the road to Milford Sound we found ourselves searching for this area’s more hidden gems. That led us to the Tutoko Valley Track, which starts a short distance from Milford Sound. It isn’t one of my favourite hikes (in fact, it’s one

Hiking the Gertrude Saddle Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
17 Jan 2019

Hiking the Gertrude Saddle Track, Fiordland National Park

When researching the Gertrude Saddle Track the thing that stood out was how difficult and dangerous the hike would be. People have died doing this hike and DOC have classified it as an “expert track”. I’m not an expert at anything, so I was a bit apprehensive. It turns out