Australia and New Zealand

Growing up in New Zealand, the stunning landscape and laid-back lifestyle were something I just took for granted. It’s only since returning as a traveler that I’ve been able to see it with fresh eyes, and become able to appreciate just how incredible a country it really is.

Likewise, I lived in both Sydney and Melbourne for several years, but as great as those cities are, the best parts of Australia lie outside the population centres. From deserted beaches to natural wonders, it’s all there to explore.

Catlins waterfall

Next Stop Antarctica: Another Day in the Catlins

After 24 hours of non-stop natural beauty in the Catlins, it seemed that we could do no wrong when it...

Catlins beach

The isolated beauty of the Catlins

The Catlins is one of those parts of New Zealand that, due to its location, never seems to get the...

Steampunk skull

Oamaru, home of … steampunk?

Ask pretty much any New Zealander what they know about Oamaru and the answer will probably be … not much....

Car on the road to Mount Cook

The road to Mount Cook

I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t get there sooner. It wasn’t like I hadn’t had the opportunity. Countless...

Building Christchurch

Returning to Christchurch

I wasn’t looking forward to returning to Christchurch. This was the city that I knew best in New Zealand. It’s...

Akaroa road in the evening

Exploring the beautiful Banks Peninsula

Now things were starting to look very familiar. Over the previous month we had slowly headed down from the top...

Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Hiking the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand

We’d arrived in Picton the day before, making the three hour ferry crossing across Cook Strait on the kind of...

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...

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