Category: South Island

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...