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How the Hooker Valley Track Nearly Killed My Dad

New Zealand is a country that inspires you to go hiking out into the wilderness.  Rugged mountains, picturesque shorelines, and golden tussock-covered rolling hills represent but a small portion of the amazing landscapes you can see if you just lace up a pair of boots, slip on a backpack, and head out onto the trail. For…

Stargazing in One of the Darkest Skies in the World

One of the main reasons I am a photographer today is the night sky. I remember spending countless nights sitting outside the backcountry huts of New Zealand just taking in the stars, which were often framed by 360º of rugged mountain silhouettes. As wonderful as those memories are, I also remember being frustrated that I…

2014: Coachella to Queenstown and Everything in Between

Like most people, I am still struggling to comprehend that it is 2015. Where did 2014 go? As I sit here on a plane bound for my second adventure of the year–my first being the last few days of an amazing two-week road trip around NZ’s South Island with my family–I know that travel is…

Being Immersed in Maori Culture in Kaikoura

When someone mentions a Maori tour, it usually brings to mind thoughts of mass tours in Rotorua that consist of a performance following a hangi. Maurice’s Maori Tour in Kaikoura, on NZ’s South Island, was completely different from these tours. Rather than being performed for, we were brought into the culture. Rather than being treated…

Swimming with the Dusky Dolphins of Kaikoura

I stood in my flippers, looking out at the calm sea beyond. Dorsal fins cut through the surface in every direction, but instead of being scared, I couldn’t wait to get into the water. As our boat had motored out into the Pacific Ocean, we’d watched two pods of dusky dolphins come together in front…

A Tiki Tour of Canterbury: The Book

Three months ago, I got a very exciting phone call — I’d won Wotif‘s ‘Tiki Tour of Canterbury’ blogger competition and I was going to New Zealand! A week later, I was sitting on the plane, looking forward to a jam-packed itinerary full of activities, scenery, and food. The trip exceeded my every expectation. I squeezed…

I’m in New Zealand!

As you may know from my “I’m Going to New Zealand!” post, last week I was chosen as the winner of Wotif.com’s “Wotif You Won a New Zealand Tiki Tour” competition. I honestly still can’t believe it, and I’m already halfway to Christchurch on this Air New Zealand plane (which comes complete with a Richard…

I’m Going to New Zealand!

I got some good news today…I’m going to New Zealand! Not only that…but I’m going to New Zealand next week. No, this isn’t a plan that I neglected to share, and it’s not a spontaneous trip that I decided to book either (I think my work would be much less understanding in that case!). Instead,…

Kia Kaha, Christchurch

It’s a somber day today — the one year anniversary of the Februrary 22 quake that shook Christchurch and killed hundreds. I wasn’t there, and due to a few delays in Habitat for Humanity work, have not visited the city since the quakes. However, I still feel for the people of the city and wish…

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