New Zealand

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Walking to Franz Joseph Glacier, New Zealand


After my exciting Helihike on Fox Glacier the day before, I continued my journey north along the rugged West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Not far north of Fox Glacier, another makes it's way down the west side of the Southern Alps, Franz Joseph Glacier, which I had heard was just as… Read More

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Exploring the Otago Peninsula in Dunedin, New Zealand


Dunedin is the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and with a rich Scottish history and a beautiful natural setting, it makes an excellent place to spend a few days. Like Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, Dunedin sits in a natural harbour that is part of the remnants of an extinct… Read More

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The Tongariro Crossing – Trekking on Volcanoes in New Zealand


New Zealand is a trekker's paradise. In the three weeks beforehand, I had already trekked the Milford Track, helihiked on Fox Glacier and trekked part of the Queen Charlotte track in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - not to mention the many smaller day treks I had done in other parts of the country. My adventurous… Read More

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A Heli Hike on Fox Glacier, New Zealand


The west coast of the South Island of New Zealand has some spectacular and rugged coastline, with a thin strip of land between the sea and the stunning Southern Alps. The West side of the Southern Alps has two magnificent and easily accessible glaciers, Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers. Coming from Queenstown I arrived at… Read More

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Summer in Queenstown


Queenstown, New Zealand is well known as a top winter destination due to it's proximity to several excellent ski fields. However it also makes an excellent stop for a few days during a summer tour of New Zealand's South Island. Queenstown sits on the edge of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by picturesque mountains that are… Read More

Akaroa, New Zealand


Only about an hour's drive from Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula,  is the small seaside town of Akaroa. The scenic drive from Christchurch takes you through beautiful countryside dominated by steep sided hills and coastal scenery. The entire Banks Peninsula is an extinct volcano, and the hilly terrain leads down to picturesque inlets and bays. The… Read More