The Tongariro Crossing is one of New Zealand’s designated Great Walks, and commonly listed as one of the ‘must-see’ destinations to visit in the North Island. With its volcanic alpine landscape and sulfur lakes, it is little wonder Peter Jackson chose it as the location of Mt Doom for the Lord of the Rings films. Continue reading →
Only 33 miles from Lake Wanaka lies the Rob Roy Glacier Track, one of the most scenic (and achievable!) hiking trails in this region of the South Island. With waterfalls, rock cliffs, meandering river landscapes, all ending with a spectacular glacial view at the end of the trail, it is easy to get distracted by the beauty of the Roby Roy Track. Just remind yourself the views become increasingly breathtaking the further you venture. Continue reading →
After spending the past few weeks sharing all of my adventures in Canada, I am back to talking about New Zealand, and what better place to return to than Milford Sound? Tagged as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound’s rainforest-covered peaks and dramatic waterfalls attract nearly one million visitors a year. While it is possible to catch a ride on one of many cruise ships sailing through the sound each day, early risers with a sense of adventure can have the whole of Milford Sound to themselves, with a sunrise kayak tour.
Do David Attenborough documentaries leave you wishing for your own Blue Planet adventure? Then I would suggest heading to the northern coast of Vancouver Island, where I spent several days on a kayak tour in search of whales, dolphins and bears.
Our group spent mornings sipping coffee and watching orcas glide past the beach, and afternoons paddling the coast in search of bears. Luckily dolphins made a (very) surprising visit for us during evening paddles!
I booked our trip with Wildcoast, which is a good option for adventurers that like a bit of luxury with their travels (natural hot tubs and saunas, that is). Watch the video for some more David Attenborough-inspired excitement, and then read below to learn more about booking your own Canadian whale watching kayak tour.
Vancouver Island’s Forbidden Plateau region features lots of opportunities to experience the scenery and wildlife Canada is renowned for, without the crowds. If you’re short on time but have a big adventurous spirit and energy, take on the challenging yet beautiful Boston Ridge Trail and Mount Becher Loop.
‘The Garden City’ and ‘More English and than England’ – these are the most popular adages spouted whenever the city of Victoria is mentioned in conversation or tourist brochures. While British Colombia’s capital city is truly blooming with flowers and ornate, historic architecture rarely seen on that side of the Atlantic, Victoria’s coastal scenery, quirky villages and craft beer scene should also be included on any itinerary. And with so many of the city’s attractions sprawled across a wide area, bikes are the perfect way to see the city’s attractions. Check out the video above to check out my suggested itinerary, or read more below! Continue reading →
When searching for inspiration for weekend hikes, I frequently use the National Trust website. More than just country manors (although it is as easy to get lost in one of those houses as it is outdoors, am I right?) the National Trust website offers loads of walking route ideas ranging in length and ability, and are particularly good for those with little hikers to entertain! Recently I completed one of the National Trust’s more challenging hikes, created in association with Cotswold Outdoor. Located in the Peak District and covering some of the national park’s biggest highlights, adept hikers can enjoy dramatic ridge walks, some light scrambling, and of course fun times clambering over some of the Peak District’s famous quirky rock formations! Continue reading →
New Year’s Day saw us on the final stretch of the Kepler Track, with slightly sore heads and awaking to the call of kea parrots. Jess and Robbie, the hut wardens, had warned everyone the night before to bring their boots and waterproofs in before bed. Apparently the kea parrots had found a new game with which to entertain themselves – stealing the insoles and laces from the boots of unsuspecting hikers.