New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

The vibes we got when we arrived in Queenstown were like no other.  The place was absolutely buzzing, there were people everywhere, people with skis, people with snowboards, everyone wrapped up warm and grabbing hot chocolates or beers, everyone busy.  The atmosphere was amazing! (more…)

Christchurch, New Zealand

To get from the west coast of New Zealand to Christchurch in the East, we had to travel over Arthur’s Pass, a beautifully scenic mountain drive.  However, as it was the middle of winter we were a little apprehensive due to the icy weather conditions.  Thankfully our journey was incident free and we enjoyed a lovely drive over the Pass, stopping to sip tea from our van at several breathtaking viewpoints. (more…)

Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier, New Zealand

There was no doubt that the weather was getting noticeably colder the further south we traveled. We headed on our way to Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers where our aim was to do a glacier hike. (more…)

Greymouth, New Zealand!

Blogger: Marie Barry

Greymouth was a wonderful stop on our trip, and we agreed that it warranted a two night stay.  Immediately we got a creative and fun vibe from this town, and like most places in New Zealand,  it had plenty of outdoor activities to keep the more adventurous visitors occupied. (more…)

Taupo & The Secret Pool!

Guest Blogger: Marie Barry

Taupo is a great town, where you won’t be short of something to do. Situated on a lake, the town is known for its water activities and adventurous mountain biking routes. If you love the outdoors, then you’ll really enjoy this small but scenic town. (more…)

Nelson, the Centre of New Zealand!

Guest Blogger: Marie Barry

Our first stop on New Zealand’s South Island was at a lovely town, west of Picton ferry port, called Nelson. On the way, we stopped off at Pelorous Bridge, where a short forest walk lead us to down to an enchanting river, where we sat on the rocky bank and admired the clear waters. This particular area had was where part of The Hobbit was filmed, and certainly had that middle-earth type feel to it. (more…)

Abel Tasman and the Pancake Rocks

Guest Blogger: Marie Barry

Abel Tasman was the next stop off on our journey after leaving Nelson. Although it is one of New Zealand’s smallest national parks, it offers a great range of activities, which involve exploring it’s beautiful coastline on foot or by sea. The particular trek (or tramp as they call it in New Zealand) we had planned involved kayaking up the coast to a beautiful sandy beach, and hiking the 12 km back to base. (more…)