That’s right, what food and drink, not where! If I was sharing restaurants, we would be here a VERY long time. If you’re visiting New Zealand and want to try some typical Kiwi foods that are unique to Aotearoa, give these a try!   Charlie’s Feijoa Fizz I just found this bad boy today, it’s delicious […]

Which New Zealand lake features in Rough Guide’s top 20 lakes in the world?  Not Taupō, Waikaremoana or Wanaka – it’s Lake Tekapo, famous for its teal blue colour created by tiny particles of rock washing down from the glaciers. As well as the world-renowned lake, Tekapo is famous for wild flowering lupins washing the region in a […]

The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is a travel hub for those who want to experience the country’s deep fjords and majestic glaciers. REBUILD, OR RETHINK? While the city remains a splendid destination, any introduction of Christchurch must now include mention of the February 22, 2011 earthquake that destroyed much of its infrastructure. Years […]

Although the Devils Punchbowl waterfall can be seen from the roadside, it’s worth the extra half an hour walk to its base. The track is predominantly made from bridges and steps, it is a trek that can be completed safely all year round. Alternatively, take The Scott’s Track if you’d prefer views from afar. This route […]

Burrowed within the Southern Alps of New Zealand lies Arthur’s Pass. Offering multiple routes, Avalanche Peak is certainly among the more difficult. It’s guaranteed to leave even the most experienced hikers with a genuine sensation of accomplishment. Level: Difficult 6-8 hour journey Suitable for well-equipped people, with previous back-country tramping experience Steep incline up to the 1883 […]

Explore the ancient limestone formations at Kura Tawhiti in Castle Hill. Stop and view the landmark from the roadside, or immerse yourself in a walk to get up close and personal. The location is rich in cultural, spiritual and historical significance to the Maori, and you may be lucky enough to scout out the 500 year-old  charcoal […]

Shortly before reaching Gore Bay, you will be treated to unique rock formations, known as Cathedral Cliff. It’s advised to arrive around midday-afternoon so as the sun lights up the cliff face. Although it’s not right off main highway, it’s worth the trip if you pack up a picnic and enjoy the seclusion. Level: Easy Park right outside the […]

You can see why so many were devastated after learning about Kaikoura’s recent major quake. A region so beautiful struck with a flash of bad luck that ruined some of its unique landscapes forever. Don’t let you put this off as the area still has a lot to offer. Level: Easy Park where you please Caution: Rubble […]

Watch the seals bask in the sun and birds soar through the sky on the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. The rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island even provides views of snowcapped mountains during the winter! The entire trail takes three hours to complete and there are plenty of shorter options, making this walk suitable […]

Tramping is a great way to experience the New Zealand landscape. Sure you can rip through the Great Walks but, maybe, that can wait until you turn 70. If you are keen to really experience the New Zealand backcountry, to have a trip to remember the rest of your life, you can get off the […]