13 Jul 2017

4 Short and Easy Hikes Near Queenstown, New Zealand

When visiting Queenstown you’ll eventually have to dust off your hiking boots and hit a trail or two. The scenery, which mostly consists of jagged snow-capped peaks, glassy lakes and calm coves, kind of demands it. But what to do if you’re unfit, lazy or short on time? Luckily there

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

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

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

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

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

The Tongariro Crossing: Hiking 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

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

View from Sentinel Rock, Franz Josef - You can also see glow worms in Franz Josef!
05 Mar 2015

Glaciers and Glow Worms in Franz Josef, New Zealand

Welcome to the wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, where glow worms roam and glaciers shimmer in the afternoon sun (if there ever is any). The West Coast sees the most rainfall in New Zealand, so if you venture to these parts you’re bound to get wet, but