Category: New Zealand

Tongariro Alpine Crossing 0

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

With just three days left in New Zealand I knew that I only had one last opportunity to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. I had been in Taupo a month earlier and had intended to hike the Tongariro Crossing on my birthday but due to bad weather my trip was...

Christchurch and Antarctic Centre 0

Christchurch and Antarctic Centre

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and the third largest in New Zealand overall with a population of 400,000 people. Anglicans from England settled in the city early in the last century and the city was named after the University of Oxford which was originally known as...

Mount Cook 0

Mount Cook

Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak at 3,754 metres although in December 1991 it lost ten metres off the top. The Maori name for Mount Cook is ‘Aoraki’ which means cloud piercer, which of course this snow-capped wonder does. The mountain looms in the background but there are 22...

Queenstown 0

Queenstown and Milford Sound

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand with people flocking there to enjoy the adrenaline-fuelled activities such as bungy jumping and canyoning which are thrilling! Queenstown is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu facing The Remarkables mountain range and was the site of the largest gold rush in...

Franz Josef Glacier Ice Climbing 0

Franz Josef Glacier: Ice Climbing

Passing through some beautiful scenery including views of kettle lakes, which are created as glaciers retreat and leave huge chunks of ice behind that melt and form deep lakes, we arrived in Franz Joseph Glacier Village which is nestled in Westland National Park. It really is a beautiful part of...

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village 0

Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village

After an exciting day at Hobbiton and thrilling evening at the Tamaki Maori Village the rest of my tour group left for Taupo the next day. However, I had already booked another four nights in Rotorua and I was keen to explore this unique New Zealand town further. With the...

Tamaki Maori Village 0

Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua

Following a day touring the Hobbit holes in Hobbiton we had an exciting evening ahead in the Tamaki Maori Village. Founded by Mike and Doug Tamaki, the Maori Village evolved from their original bus tours and concert performances in tents which educated visitors about Maori culture. As their vision evolved...

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 0

Hobbiton and Wellington Movie Tour

The anticipation was killing me as my tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set was definitely something I was excited about! I have watched the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films and it was one of the books I remember reading and learning about when I was at primary...

Waitomo 0

Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves

Located in the southern Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island, the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves are 12 km northwest of Te Kuiti and about 2 hours south of Auckland, an hour south of Hamilton and 2 hours west of Rotorua by car. The local caves are made of limestone and...

Hot Water Beach 0

Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

There was great excitement in anticipation of basking in the warm pools of Hot Water Beach which is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand just south of Mercury Bay. It was on our bucket list of New Zealand ‘must-dos’ and I was looking forward...