Nelson Lakes and Blue Lake Hiking Guide

Nelson Lakes National Park is fast becoming one of the most renowned hiking destinations in New Zealand. It is home to the Blue Lake – reportedly containing the clearest freshwater lake in the entire world! It is also home to one of the most impressive sections of New Zealand’s long distance Te Araroa Trail. Nelson …

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25 Things To Know Before Visiting New Zealand

25 bits of great advice before visiting New Zealand

Visiting New Zealand is high on almost every bucket list, and even if you have been, I’m sure you’ll want to go back! Great advice before you travel to New Zealand This post is from Gino on his travel blog that he runs with his wife, Kristine, My Next Flight Home. It’s not your usual ‘What …

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Hiking the Rob Roy Glacier Track

Hiking a glacier in New Zealand

New Zealand is all about the great outdoors! It’s a hiker’s paradise that includes turquoise rivers, swinging suspension bridges, and majestic mountain views. And just north of Wanaka, on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, I enjoyed the most scenic hike of my life…all the way up, up, up to the stunning Rob …

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Hobbiton is real and will take your breath away

Imagine a place where having 7 meals per day and being invited to parties would be part of your weekly routine. A place surrounded by emerald hills, colourful houses and lush gardens. Does such a place really exist? Of course, it does and it’s called Hobbiton. Hobbiton is part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional …

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Hiking the Ted Araroa Trail – A Trail Runner’s Guide

Check out my interview with Anna Ridewood, a Te Araroa alumni, who has graciously allowed me to share her story of hiking the length of New Zealand; her anecdotes, tips, tricks and create somewhat of a guide to the Te Araroa trail.

Stewart Island Hiking Guide

Stewart Island (also known by its Māori name Rakiura) is located at the southernmost point of New Zealand. This is one bushy island. Like, seriously COVERED in bush. It is a bushwalkers paradise. It is home to several hiking trails: the Rakiura Track (3 days), North West Circuit (9-11 days), and Southern Circuit (6 days). …

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Hiking the Hooker Valley Track and Meeting the Cloud-Piercer

I felt that finally, the time was just right. The thick veil of mystery surrounding the great chief was gradually fading away. It’s not often that Aoraki is granting you an audience. Most times the cloud-piercer remains hidden, monitoring all activity from his throne, up in heavens. I stopped the car, pointed the camera directly …

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Things to Do in Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a quaint little mining town in New Zealand’s South Island, just a 30-minute drive outside of Queenstown. It’s the perfect place to spend a morning, grab some brunch and explore the village. Despite how small Arrowtown is, there is still plenty to do here. We came up with a list of the 9 …

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