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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…

Searching For Middle Earth on the South Island

With The Hobbit premiering today, there will be plenty of renewed interest in Lord of the Rings-related sites around New Zealand — and with good reason! New Zealand is a stunning country and Peter Jackson did a great job of choosing his filming locations for The Lord of the Rings, so I have no doubt…

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…

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