A road trip to Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
27 Apr 2017

A Classic New Zealand Road Trip: Driving to Mount Cook National Park

Cars represent freedom in New Zealand. When you’re a teenager they open up a whole new world of parties and lunchtime drives to KFC. When you’re 32 they are vessels in which to explore the country — hubcap thieving gravel roads, overrun tourist sites, deserted beaches, iconic mountains and all. The most I’d

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18 Apr 2017

A Day Trip to Oamaru, One of New Zealand’s Best Preserved Old Towns

I spent the first 10 years of my life in Timaru, a nondescript little city about halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin. Oamaru is about an hour away from Timaru, and we always regarded it as our ugly, boring little brother. That is the case no more; Oamaru has reinvented itself

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10 Oct 2015

The Catlins: New Zealand’s Rugged Coastal Paradise

After gorging on paradise white sand beaches in Asia, I couldn’t help but think about the coastal areas in my own neck of the woods. A world away in both distance and looks, the rugged stretch of coast just south of Dunedin (my home town) known as the Catlins is

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Ghosts in St Bathans, New Zealand
31 Jul 2015

Searching for Ghosts in St Bathans, New Zealand

I remember seeing a TV show about a group of ghost hunters searching for evidence of the supernatural in the sleepy old gold mining town of St Bathans, New Zealand. They didn’t find anything (apart from a photo that looked like it was digitally enhanced), so I took it upon myself

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A day trip to Milford Sound from Queenstown, New Zealand
08 Jun 2015

Milford Sound from Queenstown: One of New Zealand’s Best Day Trips

The rainy West Coast of New Zealand is one of the most rugged and beautiful areas of the country. From melting glaciers and windswept beaches to lush forest and jagged mountains, it’s perfect if you’re looking to see some top-notch nature. Milford Sound is without doubt the star attraction – its

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The Tongariro Crossing trek - one of the best day walks in the world
23 Apr 2015

The Tongariro Crossing: A Journey to Mount Doom

I set off for Mount Doom at 8.30 am from Clyde, a small town in Central Otago, New Zealand. My companions were Steve, son of Lloyd, and Princess Gia of Manila. Our quest was to get to the Tongariro Crossing and find Mount Doom (and capture it in a great

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29 Mar 2015

Crazy Driving and Psychedelic Scenery in Rotorua, New Zealand

“You can actually drive, right?” I asked Gia before we committed to renting a car in Rotorua, New Zealand. There wasn’t a lot of confidence flying around, but she informed me the only thing she was really worried about was having to drive on the left side of the road.

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Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand
20 Mar 2015

Queenstown: An Average Town Surrounded by Remarkable Scenery

Imagine this scenario: You stumble out of a cheap hotel room with a head full of clouds and a sharp pain in your back. You realise your kidney has been stolen and you have no recollection of where you are and how you got there. You wander the streets in

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