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Guide to Hiking the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand

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

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Hike the Rob Roy Glacier Track near Wanaka

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

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A Magical Kayak Tour Through Milford Sound

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.

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Kepler Track Pack List for the Summer Months

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New Zealand’s trails and national parks are renowned for their pristine condition and rich and varied wildlife. Part of the reason why they are in such good condition, despite the thousands of visitors they receive each year, is due to the strict restrictions they place on hikers entering the parks.

For the Kepler Track in particular, all rubbish and items brought into the park must be carried out by hikers (no garbage bins or tips are provided), and there are no stores available in the park to buy food or any hiking supplies. With this in mind, check out the pack list for hiking the Kepler Track in the summer months (approx. January to March) below! Continue reading

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Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day Two

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One of the most repeated pieces of advice I was given before starting the Kepler Track was to be prepared for all weather. In the mountains, the weather can change in an instant, and we experienced just that on the first night on the trek, at Luxmore Hut.

Within 15 minutes of arriving back from our detour down Luxmore Caves rain pelted down, and continued to hammer down on the roof all night. The wind picked up, and more than once everyone in the bunkhouse was awakened to the sound of the windows a-rattlin’ from the winds. By morning, the rains were still going strong, and we waited until 11:00 in the morning to set off, under the advice of the hut warden, Peter Jackson (like the Lord of the Rings director, but not really).

‘The views from the top of the mountain ridge are what make the Kepler Track so spectacular,’ he explained. ‘Wait a while here, see if it clears up, and then you can properly enjoy the walk.’

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Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day One

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Hiking on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks is a rite of passage for all visitors to this amazing country. With dramatic mountain scenery, unique wildlife and the well-organised hut and camping system, it’s easy to see why hikers worldwide flock to New Zealand’s Great Walks. Not gonna lie, it was difficult deciding on only one Great Walk to do in New Zealand. Given the amount of time we had to spend in the country, not to mention how far in advance it took to book sleeping space in the mountain huts, we decided to avoid the beautiful but popular Milford Track and instead opted for the Kepler Track. What followed was three days of otherworldly landscapes, close encounters with endangered species not found anywhere else in the world, and of course a diet mostly consisting of pasta, granola bars and chocolate.

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Why New Zealand’s Great Lakes Should be on Your Itinerary

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The Great Lakes region, located in the South Island of New Zealand, is one of the most popular stopping points on every traveller’s itinerary. Each lake is breathtaking in its beauty, and has unique sites or activities you can enjoy. I’ve gone to ‘great’ lengths, and I don’t just mean swimming strokes, to bring you a mini guide of my favourite options – let’s plunge in! Continue reading

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Drafting your Perfect New Zealand Itinerary

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It is easy to see why New Zealand always features on the lists of must-see travel destinations year-in, year-out with travel publications. There are a range of activities to suit every taste, the people are friendly and helpful, the scenery is stunning, the food and drink is sublime – the list goes on. However, New Zealand is also a remote destination and can easily take over 24 hours to reach by plane for many. In addition to this, its lack of extensive public transport and relative expense for some products can make it an expensive country to travel around.

These obstacles needn’t get in the way of your dream trip to New Zealand however; with some careful planning and realistic understanding of your budget, you can easily create a dream New Zealand itinerary!

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