Australia and New Zealand

Queen Charlotte Track

Hiking the Queen Charlotte Track: the easy bit

New Zealand’s South Island.  My home for 26 years on and off, it’s a place full of memories.  From being...

Wellington cable car

A glorious stay in the Kiwi capital

It was hard to believe that we were almost halfway through our time in New Zealand.  We’d made it right...

The Manse, outside

A night at The Manse

The weather improved as we left Napier, sun forcing its way through thick white clouds while we meandered through the...

Tongariro Crossing

A Long Day in the Mountains: Hiking the Tongariro Crossing

Finally the day had come. We were preparing to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 20-odd kilometre trek in the...

Huka Falls jetboat

A high-speed visit to Huka Falls

You just can’t visit New Zealand without spending some time on a jetboat.  I’m not sure if it’s a legal...

Waimangu

Stinky, spectacular Rotorua

Rotorua stinks. I mean, literally, it really stinks. The small city is built on a geothermal hotspot that brings bubbling...

Sunset, Mount Maunganui.jpg

Mount Maunganui, you’re kinda great

The drive from Waitomo to Mount Maunganui only took a couple of hours, the road winding through rolling farmland that...

Cave thinker, Lost World Tour, Waitomo

Dropping in on the Waitomo Caves

100 metres really isn’t very far.  Just ask Usain Bolt. It’s funny, though.  When you’re standing on the edge of...

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