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I fell in love with New Zealand through the Lord of the Rings movies and even more so when I actually visited for the first time in 2005. My dream holiday came true when I spent three months tramping around the South Island in 2008, and I constantly dream up itineraries for my next big visit.


Preparing for the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is a very unique track that winds through the Marlborough Sounds in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. As I described in yesterday’s post answering the top questions about the track, it’s a track where you can walk in luxury while seeing some unforgettable scenery — scenery made all the…

The Queen Charlotte Track: 5 Questions Answered

The Queen Charlotte Track is a 71km walk that winds its way between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. While 71km sounds quite daunting — especially for someone as out of shape as I was when I tackled the Queen Charlotte — this track is actually one of the more…

How To Choose The Right NZ Skydive For You

Part of the draw of visiting New Zealand is the Kiwis’ unquenchable thirst for adventure. You want to get into a giant rubber ball and roll down a hill? Go zorbing in Rotorua. Want to go white-water rafting over waterfalls? Stay in Rotorua. White water sounds too blasé? Go black water rafting in Waitomo, where…

5 Fantastic South Island Day Hike Views

New Zealand is one of the most naturally stunning places I’ve ever been to, especially because it has so many varied landscapes crammed into such a small area. Within a few hours, you can go from the beach to a rainforest…that has a glacier in the middle of it. It seems like there is a…

In Memory of Deer Park Heights

This week, I was commenting on A Dangerous Business’ great photo of the Remarkables when I found out something that really saddened me…Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights has been permanently closed. Deer Park Heights was one of my favourite places in Queenstown. Not only could you get some of the most stunning views possible of the…

Taking Rides From Strangers

My first trip to New Zealand was a quick 10-day jaunt with my friends before we moved on to Australia and our five months of studying abroad in Brisbane. Because we had such a short period of time to squeeze in a lot of must-do activities, we had pre-booked all accommodation, major transportation and activities…

Where Did I Go In 2011?

My 2011 would not have been considered a very busy travel year for a full-time traveller, but it was a busy travel year for me since I did it all in my allotted leave from a full-time job. That’s yet another upside of living in Australia: it’s legally required that we get 4 weeks of…
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